Fun Facts About Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a combination of nature, mysticism, and authentic flavors that make it an ideal destination for everyone to visit, and that’s without even mentioning its affordable prices, culture, and friendly people.

Cathedral rooftop in Nicaragua.

Land of lakes and volcanoes

Known for its volcanoes like San Cristóbal, Cerro Negro, Masaya, Mombacho, Maderas, Concepción, and lakes Cocibolca, Xolotlán, and Apanás, Nationals and foreigners enjoy these natural beauties for adventure tourism, sun, and beach, nature, rural tourism, etc. Sandboarding, island tours, surfing, diving, and hiking are among the tourist’s favorite activities.

Home to four World Heritage Sites

The country is also home to four World Heritage Sites declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), namely the Ruins of León Viejo, León Cathedral, the language and culture of the Garifuna people, and El Güegüense theatrical play.

It has colonial cities

The first three cities the Spaniards established in Nicaragua were León, Granada, and Ciudad Antigua. However, León and Granada are known as colonial cities for their architecture and culture, especially as reflected in their historic centers.

7 Languages

As the country is home to mestizos, afro-descendants, and native peoples, it has various languages, most of which are concentrated in the Caribbean region, these are Creole English, Miskito, Mayangna, Rama, Ulwa, Garfuna, and Spanish, the last of which is spoken in all of the country.

Home to 7% of the world’s biodiversity

Nicaragua has around 7% of the planet’s biodiversity. Plants, vertebrates, fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, arthropods, molluscs, corals, and fungi are the existing species in the country. It has 68 ecosystems and plant formations, representing 60% of Central America.

Biosphere reserves

The country has three biosphere reserves recognized by UNESCO: Bosawás, Ometepe, and Río San Juan, which are home to a diversity of flora and fauna. The country’s Parliament declared the Caribbean region a biosphere reserve in

The first geopark in Central America is here

Since 2020, the Río Coco, a river located in the north of the country, has been the first UNESCO Global Geopark in Central America. This site covers the municipalities of Somoto, Totogalpa, San Lucas, Las Sabanas, and San José de Cusmapa in the department of Madriz, covering nearly 1,000 square kilometers. It has 12 geosites of international geological and landscape relevance.

It is the birthplace of the father of Hispanic modernism

Nicaragua gave birth to one of the greatest exponents and revolutionaries of Spanish literature, Rubén Darío, who in life was a poet, journalist, and diplomat. Since 2016, he has been a national hero.

The country has around 2,000 dishes

The cuisine of the country is a fusion of recipes based on corn and coconut. Each town has its own dish, drink, and dessert, the same for each occasion, celebration, or season of the year. Some of the best known are the gallopinto, nacatamal, vigorón,
rundown, among others.


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