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?
Volcano Trail (JGS)
From the crystal-blue ocean teeming with marine life to tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies, take the road less travelled on this trip through Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica with other travellers your own age. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breath-taking scenery and a chance to experience local culture with a 2-night homestay on the island of Ometepe. Enjoy a blend of public and private transportation, which not only keeps costs down but also gives you a chance to really meet the locals.
Highlights: Connect with the hosts of a homestay experience in Ometepe, relax seaside in the Bay Islands, laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey, skip the bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight between Roatán and Tegucigalpa
Backroads of Central America (CRBR)
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: Connecting with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience, laughing with the locals during a journey on a chicken bus, blissing out on a stretch of remote Nicaraguan beach, strolling through Antigua's colonial streets, exploring Mayan ruins, hiking through a cloud forest, sampling local cuisine.