It's a pity peace and democracy don't make headlines like revolution and war, because the world overwhelmingly remembers Nicaragua for the last time it was in the news, which was decidedly the latter. But no news is good news, and that was 15 years of no news ago. Why Nicaragua? Some might ask. Consider its neighbour to the south, Costa Rica. No one is asking "Why Costa Rica?" Yet they share much the same geography. Only Nicaragua is cheaper. And bigger. And safer, according to a recent UN survey. It boasts an enormous freshwater lake, with twin volcanoes piercing its centre, and one of Central America's least spoiled colonial cities, Granada, on its shore. And very few tourists. And ... what was the question again?
Connect with the rich history, culture and stunning scenery of Central America on this Local Living stay in Granada, Nicaragua. Immerse yourself in the colonial character of the city, visit a volcano, kayak on Lake Nicaragua or practice your Spanish. You’ll share a colonial house with a few other like-minded travellers but your free time is all yours. A CEO is there to take care of the hassles so you're free to make this the holiday you want—with new friends or on your own.
Highlights: Sharing a rental property with optional day trips and activities, connecting with Nicaragua's revolutionary past, slowing down and making friends with the locals, discovering a new-found love of salsa dancing, visiting an active volcano, wandering the architecturally stunning streets of this country's oldest city.
Backroads of Central America (CRSG)
Take the road less travelled through Central America with other travellers your own age—so you can be sure to get down with other adventurers that’ll keep up. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breathtaking scenery—from tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies to colonial cities bouncing to a decidedly more human beat. You'll blaze your own path as you discover a region of volcanoes, craters, beaches and lush forests. Sticking to budget accommodation and public transport will keep costs down and you rooted in local life.
Highlights: Connect with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience, laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey, bliss out on a remote stretch of Nicaraguan beach, stroll through Antigua's colonial streets, explore Mayan ruins, sample regional specialties like El Salvador's pupusas.