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Nicaragua

Black selva; the City Cathedral, Luis Alfonso Velasquez park and Casa Prezidensia in Managua; the Masaya Volcano National Park;

The Republic of Nicaragua is a country located in the Central America. It is considered to be one of the least inhabited. The nearest neighbors are the Republic of Honduras and Costa Rica. Nicaragua attracts by its magnificent nature, which includes many majestic volcanoes, picturesque mountain landscapes with clear lakes and vast arrays of the jungles. One of particularly scenic areas is Matagalpa with its famous "Black selva." Abundant wildlife and spectacular beaches, the sand on which varies from white to black, complete the picture of this tourist paradise. Climate of Nicaragua is tropical, herewith the contrast between day and night temperatures is quite high throughout the year.

In the state capital, Managua, where one fourth of the country's population lives, you should explore the majestic City Cathedral, recently renovated Palacio Nacional, with magnificent frescoes on the facade, Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Santo Domingo Cathedral, the presidential palace Casa Prezidensia as well as a wonderful park Luis Alfonso Velasquez.
Connoisseurs of traditional Indian culture should visit the museum Huellas de Acahualinca which contains a unique collection of traces of ancient people, printed in volcanic ash, the Museum of Revolution, where you can trace the history of the revolutionary upheavals of the country, the Museum of Julio Cortazar, the National Museum of Nicaragua, the Museum of Archaeology and History in Rivas and музей Инсуресбональ-Луис-Торуно-Чарата in a beautiful city of Leone.

Fans of nature will enjoy visiting the Masaya Volcano National Park with its still active volcano, the largest freshwater lake of the country Lago de Nicaragua, inhabited by crocodiles and bull-sharks, as well as Zapatero Island and Isla el Muerto, where there are many ancient stone sculptures.

The local currency is the Nicaraguan Cordoba. However you can easily pay with American dollars, but there may be some difficulties with traveler's checks.

Augusto César Sandino International Airport (MGA)

The airport, located 12 kilometers from the capital, and formerly known as the Managua International Airport, is the only international airport of the country, thus it has rather high load of passengers. It should be noted that there is no direct bus to the airport from the city center of Managua.

Diving in Nicaragua

The magnificent coast of Nicaragua, with its beautiful coral reefs, rich life of various colorful sea creatures, perfect underwater visibility and unusual underwater topography make the country ideal for high-quality diving. It is worth noting that the tourist infrastructure of the country is at an early stage of development, so many of its beauties remain unexplored. Opportunity to discover some beautiful diving place unknown to general public is an extra incentive to come here. The role of an underwater pioneer seems to be very attractive to divers, and the laurels of Cousteau inspire to explore the coastal waters of Nicaragua again and again.

The most interesting place for diving is Corn Islands, also known as Las Islas del Maíz. The islands Big Corn and Little Corn, located in the waters of the Caribbean Sea near Managua, are surrounded by the massive barrier reef of rare corals, where you can find many representatives of bright tropical fauna such as barracudas, snappers, groupers, pompanos, mackerels, stingrays, sea turtles, and several species of sharks and dolphins. Corn Islands area is also known as the last resting place of a four-hundred-year-old Spanish vessel, which did not survive his last meeting with the pirates and sank. This wreck is virtually unexplored by scientists and archaeologists, so any diver, who came here in search of high-quality diving, can fall into the role of a researcher. You can also inspect another wreck – a soviet ship - in another quite popular diving place in San Juan del Sur, which even has its own diving club.
An important advantage of the Nicaraguan diving is its relative cheapness, in comparison with other countries in the Caribbean.

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