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Nicaragua Cruises

As one of the most geographically and culturally diverse countries in Central America, Nicaragua is situated in almost the exact centre of the Americas. 

This location is one of the reasons why its plant, animal and human life are so varied. Travellers love the biological diversity, active volcanoes and warm tropical climate, and approaching the gorgeous coastline from the sea offers a unique perspective. 

 Nicaragua’s multi-ethnic population includes indigenous peoples, Europeans, Africans, Asians and people of Middle Eastern origin. This rich diversity has helped fuel a renaissance in visual art and literature in Nicaragua in recent decades, particularly among younger people. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Coffee is one of the most important exports of Nicaragua. 
  • The Nicaraguan forests are considered the lungs of Central America.
  • Aztec and Mayan tribes dominated central Nicaragua before Columbus. 
  • Native tribes on the eastern coast speak their own languages.
  • Nicaraguan literature, especially poetry, is well supported and celebrated.
 

Highlights

The largest

Nicaragua is sandwiched between the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean – an enviable position to say the least. As the largest Central American country, Nicaragua is also a major subduction zone, so it’s home to active and dormant volcanoes. 

50,000 square miles

Occupying a landmass of over 50,000 square miles, Nicaragua has three distinct geographical regions: the Pacific lowlands, the Amerrisque Mountains, and the Mosquito Coast. Cruises to Nicaragua via the Caribbean arrive into San Juan del Sur. 

The beaches of San Juan del Sur are what the area is best known for – the pure white sand beach takes up two miles of glorious coastline. The forest and mountain backdrop makes for some unique views, and nearby you’ll find the impressive William Walker Fortress (if you fancy taking a break from your lazy day). 

 

Flora and fauna

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The biodiversity here is vast: Nicaragua is home to 248 species of amphibian and reptiles, 183 species of mammal, 705 species of bird, 640 fish species and about 5,796 plant species.  

Almost one fifth of Nicaragua is designated as ‘protected’, so there are many national parks, nature reserves and biological reserves. Our day trip to Granada allows you to see some of this wildlife and natural beauty first hand.

While in the waters expect to see whales, turtles, dolphins, manta rays and turtles. As for birds, you’ll find pelicans, parakeets, vultures, egrets, motmots and kiskadees to name just a few. 

If you manage to tour the Apoyo Lagoon, Granada and Lake Nicaragua, you will experience the wealth of plant life and wide-reaching volcano vistas that Nicaragua is so well known for. It’s also the best way to see the remains of ash and lava on the ground, in stark contrast to the rich vegetation and how this has affected the local flora and fauna. 

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Nicaragua

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