Nicaragua, is a country set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is a Central American nation known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches. Vast Lake Managua and the iconic stratovolcano Momotombo sit north of the capital Managua. To its south is Granada, noted for its Spanish colonial architecture and an archipelago of navigable islets rich in tropical bird life.
We visited Nicaragua in October 2016, and stayed at the Hilton Princess Managua. We explored Managua, Leon and surrounding areas, including visiting the Museo Nacional de Nicaragua (the national Museum), Ruinas de Leon Viejo, a UNESCO world heritage site with ruins, where the city of Leon was originally located, Momotombo, a stratovolcano (a volcano built up by many layers of hardened lava) not far from the city of León, and shopping at the Centro Cultural Antiguo Mercado de Masaya. We also learned a bit about pottery making at a local shop, and attempted to make vases and also visited the Parque Nacional Volcan Masaya, an active volcano, where we could see active lava. Lastly, we visited Cerro Negro, an active volcano. We hiked up one side, carrying sledding boards, and sled down the other!