Whilst you could easily spend a week or two in Nicaragua hopping from Caribbean beach to deserted island, you’d be missing out on something this fascinating destination is famous for: adventure. Opportunities to embark on intrepid explorations and try your hand at unique activities can be found everywhere in Nicaragua, and we think it would be a crying shame to not get involved. Here’s a little taster for the sort of adventures you could be a part of…
Kayak the Rio San Juan
Located in the south eastern regions of the country, the San Juan River marks the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Wave goodbye to those creature comforts and say hello to the raw beauty of nature as you embark on a kayaking tour down one of Nicaragua’s most impressive waterways. Untouched by tourism and as ‘back to basics’ as you could ever hope to get in Nicaragua, you’ll find yourself stopping off in remote riverside villages and getting closer to the interior forests that are so hard reach on foot. You’ll encounter lots of wildlife too, with birds such as cormorants and herons and river turtles and crocs common to the area. So, whether you’re just taking a day trip or planning a multi-day adventure into the unknown; this is a great way to feel closer to authentic Nicaragua.
Dive the waters of the Corn Islands
Surrounded by a barrier reef that’s brimming with healthy coral, shoals of colourful fish and numerous reef sharks, it’s little wonder that the Corn Islands are popular retreats for diving enthusiasts. Little Corn Island is much quieter and less developed than Big Corn Island, so we’d recommend heading out on a dive from the former to ensure your underwater explorations are as secluded as possible. Blowing Rock lies just over 15 miles off the coast of Little Corn and is one of the area’s most exciting dives. A volcanic rock that climbs to the surface from 80 feet below, Blowing Rock is a popular spot for experienced divers to catch a glimpse of barracuda, sharks and tropical fish. Alternatively, if you’re not feeling too confident in that wet suit, we’d recommend the White Holes site. It’s shallow enough to snorkel should you not want to scuba dive, yet is still home to beautiful elk horn coral, nurse sharks and the occasional stingray.
Home to seven percent of the world’s biodiversity and over 70 protected nature parks, hiking through the rainforest is almost a prerequisite when travelling to Nicaragua. The country’s cloud forests in particular are something you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Cloud forests are rainforests that exist 1000 meters or more above sea level. Misty, colourful and abuzz with exotic wildlife, Nicaragua’s most prominent cloud forest grows on the slopes of Mombacho; one of the country’s inactive volcanoes. Here you can wander below thick canopies or zip line between the trees, spotting anything from howler monkeys to dozing sloths. The volcano is also surrounded by a number of coffee plantations which make for an interesting and refreshing stop off point as you ascend into the clouds.
We’re bringing a touch of luxury back to your Nicaraguan adventures with this one. Have us charter a private yacht for you and you’ll be transported along wild coastlines, to deserted beaches and over azure seas. Enjoy a spot of deep sea fishing, snorkel above vibrant reefs, stop to catch some waves on your board, keep an eye out for dolphins swimming alongside and drop anchor so you can take lunch on a hidden stretch of sand. Wherever your interests lie, we can build an itinerary to match. This is luxury living, but with a healthy dose of adventure to go with it.