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Republic of Nicaragua is the largest country in the Central American isthmus. *Managua is the country’s capital and largest city. The biological diversity, warm tropical climate and active volcanoes make Nicaragua an increasingly popular tourist destination.

Nicaragua is referred to as “the land of lakes and volcanoes” due to the number of lagoons and lakes, and the chain of volcanoes that runs from the north to the south along the country’s Pacific side.

In mid-2018, tourism in Nicaragua came to a virtual standstill due to the 2018-2019 Nicaraguan protests.

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The colonial cities of *León (map) and *Granada (map) are the preferred spots for tourists. Also, the cities of *Masaya (map), *Rivas (map) and the likes of *San Juan del Sur (map), *El Ostional (map), the Fortress of the Immaculate Conception (map), *Ometepe Island (map), the Mombacho volcano (map), and the Corn Islands (map) among other locations are the main tourist attractions.

Nicaragua only has one international airport, the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, located in Managua. Bus is definitely the main mode of travel in Nicaragua. Most of the buses are old decommissioned yellow US school buses. Most cities in Nicaragua have one main bus terminal for long distance buses. Boat is the only way to get to the Solentinames and still the most popular way to get to Isla de Ometepe.

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