1. Sandboarding on Cerro Negro Volcano
Nicaragua has a very impressive natural landscape, and is home to 19 volcanoes, of which seven are active. Cerro Negro, translating into Black Hill, situated in the north of the country, stands 728 metres tall, just outside the colonial city of Leon. Beautifully tranquil, while boasting an essence of fierceness, Cerro Negro is one of the very few active volcanoes that are safe enough to get close enough to slide down on a sand board. Nicaragua is the only country in the world where you can sand board down an active volcano.
The exhilarating act of gliding down this volcano was first discovered by a French traveller who decided to mountain bike down, reaching a speed of 101 MPH on his first attempt. Cerro Negro is now open to the public for sand boarding, both in the morning and in the afternoon, through various travel agencies. The golden shadow of the landscape at sunset and the excitement of the ride is definitely something that should be written in your travel journal when you visit Nicaragua.
2. Ometepe Island
The name Ometepe means ‘two hills’ in the native Nahuatl language. Ometepe Island sits in the Lake that the Spanish conquerors called the fresh water sea due to its sheer size. With its two majestic volcanoes, relaxing beaches, natural biodiversity and cultural background, Ometepe Island should not be missed. Ometepe Island used to be one of Nicaragua’s best kept secrets but now is one of its main attractions for both national and international tourists. There is no surprise why.
The island mostly makes its living by fishing and agricultural production, much like many countries in Central America. If you like relaxing in a natural paradise then Ometepe island is your place.
The oldest colonial city in Nicaragua, Granada is a gem. With its location on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, its colourful colonial buildings, a lively and friendly atmosphere, a cosmopolitan crowd and its astonishing historic churches, Granada is a wonderful place to spend a few days. Located in the Pacific region of Nicaragua, Granada has many museums and art galleries and is a perfect starting place to explore the country. If only to walk the streets, to muse over the historic colonialism, meet some new people or spend some alone time, Granada is the perfect destination that boasts peace, yet isn’t too shy to party. If you love colour, people, quaint restaurants and tea houses, local market and tropical warm weather, Granada is your destination.