Nicaragua

Nicaragua is one of the hidden treasures of Central America. The so-called “land of lakes and volcanoes" is ripe for exploration. From the colonial splendor of the cities of Grenada and Estelí to the prime surfing waves of San Juan de Sur and the mud-slicked volcanoes of Ometepe Island, Nicaragua has something for everyone.

Nicaragua boasts a diverse array of ecosystems, from the wild, unexplored tropical lowlands of the Caribbean to the volcanic central plateau and the mountainous north. With the largest geographical area of any Central American country, Nicaragua’s abundant resources would seemingly contribute to a healthy economy. As it stands, Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with significant un- and under-employment, major lapses in its educational system, and, in many cases, poor resource management in the face of basic needs. Large-scale deforestation and a severe disparity between differing socioeconomic classes have numbered among Nicaragua’s problems, but many efforts spearheaded by private cooperatives and NGO’s have started a hopeful trend. Communities now focus on small-scale agriculture, locally operated schools, and eco-tourism development, and have hope that by aiming for sustainability and by working together, they can reverse many of the issues that have plagued the country.

 


Facts about Nicaragua
  • Nationality: Nicaraguans (Nicas)
  • Population: ~5.7 million people
  • Capital: Managua
  • Language: Predominantly Spanish
  • Geography: Nicaragua borders both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean to the east and the west, and Costa Rica and Honduras to the south and the north.
  • Terrain: Coastal plains, volcanoes, lakes and rising to central mountains
  • Currency: Cordoba
  • Climate: Nicaragua has a tropical climate and is hot year-round, with temperatures a bit cooler in the mountains. The average temperature is 70 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Did you know? Baseball is the most popular sport in Nicaragua.

 

Nationality: Nicaraguans (Nicas)
Population: ~5.7 million people
Capital: Managua
Language: Predominantly Spanish
Geography: Nicaragua borders both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean to the east and the west, and Costa Rica and Honduras to the south and the north.
Terrain: Coastal plains, volcanoes, lakes and rising to central mountains
Currency: Cordoba
Climate: Nicaragua has a tropical climate and is hot year-round, with temperatures a bit cooler in the mountains. The average temperature is 70 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
Did you know? Baseball is the most popular sport in Nicaragua.

 

Nicaragua Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Managua, Nicaragua
  • Day 2 - Travel to host community
  • Day 3 - Host community and service project
  • Day 4 - Host community and service project
  • Day 5 - Host community and service project
  • Day 6 - Host community and service project
  • Day 7 - Host community and service project
  • Day 8 - Explore Granada
  • Day 9 - Masaya Volcano
  • Day 10 - Depart