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Nicaragua is often referred to as “the land of lakes and volcanoes” because of its chain of volcanoes. that runs from the north to the south along the country’s Pacific side and the high number of lakes. The biological diversity and warm tropical climate make Nicaragua a popular tourist destination. With misty volcanos, gorgeous beaches, and dense rainforests, Nicaragua has much to offer.
You can fill your trip with a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, swimming and zip lining. If you want a more laid back vacation, you can go to the Corn Islands for some nightlife and lying out on the beach.
Want to see some incredible wildlife? Take a boat into the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve, the largest area of untouched rainforest north of the Amazon. Check out León or Granada for colonial architecture and local attractions. Have a cup of Nicaraguan coffee and enjoy the scenery while you’re soaking up the country’s culture and history.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Nicaragua. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Nicaragua: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
If you are visiting low-altitude areas malaria can be a risk. Consider getting an antimalarial medication from your local Passport Health travel health specialist.
Zika virus is present in Nicaragua. Women who or pregnant or may become pregnant should avoid travel to the region. Dengue, another mosquito-borne disease, is also present in the country. Take extra precautions including bringing mosquito repellents and using bed netting.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
A visa is not required for Nicaragua, but you will need to buy a tourist card on arrival. These cards are given at customs checkpoints. If you would prefer to skip the line, visas are available for U.S. travelers.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Nicaragua is divided into three areas: Pacific lowlands, highlands, and Caribbean lowlands. Each of these areas has a different climate with the differences in elevation. Here’s what the climate is like in a few of the major cities in Nicaragua:
There is no travel warning listed for Nicaragua. But, there is a high violent crime rate. Exercise caution while traveling.
Nicaragua’s government is authoritarian; it limits freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Demonstrations happen throughout the country and many have turned violent in the past. For safety, try to avoid large gatherings and potential demonstrations.
Violent crimes such as vehicle burglaries, armed robberies, and pick-pocketing are not uncommon. Crime rates are high in the cities with street crime being common in Puerto Cabezas and Bluefields. Outside of the major cities police presence is limited. Be careful when venturing outside of popular tourist and urban areas.
Know the local laws of where you’re traveling. Keep your documents on hand, and have embassy information with you in case of emergencies.
Looking for a great way to see the beautiful landscape of Nicaragua and have an adventure as well? Explore a breathtaking view of the tropical forest while taking a zip line tour over the Mombacho Volcano. The volcano is known for the mystical cloud forest that occupies much of the its sides and top. Your ride up guarantees gorgeous views of dense forest and agricultural areas.
There are four craters to tour and there are plenty of hiking tours that happen daily. All the craters have cloud forests. Take full advantage of your time on the volcano. You’ll even have the chance to see howler and white face monkeys.
Your clothing will definitely depend on the time of year you visit. Depending on the region you visit you may have a very hot temperature or a cooler one. Here are a few essentials you should bring with you when you travel to Nicaragua:
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), with the U.S. Department of State. This free program offers information from the embassy on safety conditions and will help locate you in an emergency.
U.S. Embassy Managua
Km 5 ½ Carretera Sur
Telephone: +(505) 2252-7100
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(505) 2252-7171
Fax: +(505) 2252-7250
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