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Where is Nicaragua?

  1. Approximate Population of Nicaragua: 6,545,502

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Managua is the capital of Nicaragua

Managua has an approximate population of around 1,055,247 people and you can typically expect to pay around £0.89p for an equivalent pint of lager or beer.

Known as the "Pearl of the Pacific," the small island of Managua is located in the Caribbean Region. It is a country in the Central America that is bordered by the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. This island is known for its rich culture and heritage and is often referred to as the "Cultural Capital" of Central America. The city of Managua, which was known historically as New Orleans, served as the seat of power for the colonial era. The city is the home of some of the most notable Americans of the century.

There are two international airports that are located on the island, allowing for easy access to the city. The busiest airport in Managua is the Managua International Airport which handles commercial flights and medium and low capacity civilian passenger flights. There are about a dozen smaller airports around the island which provide some local air travel. The airport that is located on the western side of the island is the only one with regular scheduled airline service. This airport was built by United Airlines.

Managua's cuisine is renowned throughout the Caribbean and has a local following of people who follow regional cuisine trends. The tropical weather makes this island an ideal location for visitors who wish to relax and unwind. In addition to having a beautiful tropical climate, the island has a tropical rainy season that usually lasts from June to November. The rainy season is known for its beaches and other attractions such as the Zocalo which is the main plaza in town. Other places of interest include the National Historical Museum which houses some of Managua's historical artifacts, the San Juan river that flows through the island, and the Mayaqing Mayan ruins.

What vaccinations do I need before travelling to Nicaragua

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Nicaragua are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel to Nicaragua

For up to date information around safety and security in Nicaragua read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for Nicaragua.

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Best time to visit Nicaragua?

The best time to visit Nicaragua is during the dry season, between December and April.

Festivals in Nicaragua

While it's not possible to attend all of Nicaragua's festivals, there are some you should consider. During the month of December, you'll find two famous celebrations: La Purisima and La Griteria. Families in Nicaragua build altars to the Virgin Mary, and on Dec. 8 they take to the streets to exchange sweets. Afterward, you can spend the day in the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica or spend a night at one of the country's many casinos.

On December 20, Masaya celebrates Saint Sylvester, the patron saint of the city. Small girls dressed as biblical shepherdesses parade through the streets. Other celebrations in Nicaragua are regional. Catarina hosts Saint Sylvester parties, which include fireworks and live music. During this time, schools are closed and Nicaraguans celebrate Mother's Day by celebrating the end of the Somoza regime. While there are many religious celebrations throughout the country, this one is especially special for Catholics.

In Leon, the festival originated in the early 18th century. The monks of the convent of San Francisco attracted children by offering them fruits and caramels as gifts. They then suggested to their assistants that they host the singings in their homes and then spread the tradition to the rest of Nicaragua. The celebration is a celebration of the Virgin Mary. It is one of the most celebrated events in Nicaragua. The city is alive with spirited dancing, singing, and merriment.

Some festivals are strictly religious in nature. In December, the country celebrates the birth of the Virgin Mary. The celebration is known as La Purisima and is celebrated by all of the towns and villages in Nicaragua. On this day, the virgin Mary is venerated in the streets. The town holds vigil before the saint's house and offers a feast to the residents. On New Year's Day, the New Year is welcomed by the people of the town. They hang out together with their families and friends, and even burn the old year.

Another festival of great significance in Nicaragua is the Holy Week. This week is marked by processions resembling the events of the Bible. Then, people parade through the streets carrying giant flower crowns, while others sit in the churches and listen to the "The Judea" passion play. The main days of Holy Week are Sunday and Monday, and the entire country takes time off. Most locals are not working, so they can attend these celebrations and celebrate the New Year in style.

The New Year in Nicaragua is marked by the Purisimas, which are celebrated throughout the country. These celebrations are particularly joyful for the Christian community. A special dinner is held in honor of the Virgin Mary, and everyone in the village comes together to sing the song. There are fireworks and firecrackers to mark the beginning of the year. During the day, there are also other traditional activities and festivities that celebrate the birth of the Virgin.

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History and culture are woven into the fabric of daily life in Nicaragua, a country that straddles the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Dramatic terrain, beaches, volcanoes, and lakes define the country's landscape. From the majestic Momotombo volcano to the vast Lake Managua, the sights of this Central American country are unmistakable. In the inland, Granada is a charming colonial city with Spanish colonial architecture and a rich tropical birdlife.

A visit to this museum will teach you about Nicaragua's rich history, including its rich culture. The Museum of Anthropology is a good place to learn about the history of the country. The displays are fascinating, and it will make you think deeply about its people. You'll also learn about its people and its culture. The National Museum of History, Art and Culture is a must-see for anyone traveling to Nicaragua. It features displays of artwork, objects, and exhibits from the past.

The Old Town of Granada: The historical city of Granada is home to many interesting buildings and monuments. You can see the Church of San Francisco, which served as a fortress during the Conquistadors' time, as well as the Church of La Merced and Jalteva. The Parque Central district of Nicaragua is also a great place to view government buildings and monuments. For those who love water, a trip to Las Isletas, a group of three hundred and sixty-six islands, will delight you. The island of San Pablo has a fortress dating from the 18th century.

Do I need a Visa?

British nationals can visit Nicaragua for up to 3 months without a visa. You may be refused entry if you don't have an onward ticket out of Nicaragua.

See which forms you may need for entry into Nicaragua.

What currency do i need for Nicaragua?

The official currency of Nicaragua is the Nicaraguan Córdoba Oro (NIO). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Nicaragua you can grab amazing Nicaraguan Córdoba Oro deals via (GBP to NIO).

What wildlife live in Nicaragua?

Nicaragua's fauna includes mammals such as pumas, jaguars, ocelots, margays, various monkeys, deer, and peccaries; birds range from eagles to egrets to macaws to pelicans; reptiles include crocodiles, snakes, turtles, and lizards; and a variety of toads, frogs, fish & molluscs.

What is the traditional food of Nicaragua?

Miskito food? Most people in Nicaragua eat Gallo Pinto almost daily and it is considered a national symbol. It is composed of a mixture of fried rice with onion and sweet pepper, red beans boiled with garlic. They are mixed and fried all together. Nacatamal: a dough which is prepared with ground corn and butter.

What Languages are spoken in Nicaragua?

Miskito, Sumo, Rama and Garifuna are native languages but the most widely used and official language is Spanish. You can learn some basic Miskito before you travel to Nicaragua and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip in Nicaragua?

The currency in Nicaragua is the Nicaraguan Córdoba Oro (It's very common for restaurants to add a 10% voluntary tip to your bill. This should not be confused with IVA, which is a 15% sales tax.).

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