List of described attractions by departments and self-governing regions

Nicaragua is divided into 15 departments and two self-governing regions.

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Nueva Segovia
Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte
Región Autónoma del Atlántico Sur
Río San Juan

Nicaragua - map

Wikipedia article about Nicaragua


Cathedral of the Assumption, León

Cathedral of the Assumption in León, Nicaragua
Cathedral of the Assumption, León.
Mark Larson, Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0.

There is a building in Nicaragua which personifies the distinct traditions and culture of this country - Cathedral of the Assumption in León. The construction of this largest cathedral in Central America marked the time when the Age of Enlightenment brought the independence of Nicaragua - first in the minds and souls of Nicaraguans and then also - on the political map of America.


Main attractions

This beautiful Central American country is not a popular destination of international tourism. Not yet - the memories of comparatively recent civil war and mine fields still are there. But things are changing to the best now.

Colibri and flower, Nicaragua
The amazing nature of Nicaragua.
Jorge Mejía Peralta, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Highlights of Nicaragua are:

Natural landmarks

Volcanoes and geothermal fields

Concepción volcano, Nicaragua
Concepción volcano on Ometepe island - the tallest lake island in the world.
Mat Honan, Flickr / CC BY 2.0


Below are listed just few of the countless waterfalls in Nicaragua. The tallest waterfalls in the country exceed 200 m height.


Cloud forest of Mombacho, Nicaragua
Cloud forest of Mombacho.
Brian Johnson & Dane Kantner, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Nicaragua has huge varity of unusual and unique ecosystems - most of them are poorly researched. Here are mentioned just two easily accessible cloud forests.

Other natural landmarks

Man made landmarks

Petroglyphs on the slopes of Maderas volcano, Ometepe, Nicaragua
Petroglyphs on the slopes of Maderas volcano, Ometepe.
Poutine, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0


Petroglyphs are found in hundreds of locations around the country, here are mendioned just few of them.

Other archaeological monuments

Historical cities

Historical centre of Granada, Nicaragua
Historical centre of Granada.
Carlos Adampol Galindo, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0


Church of Recollection in León, Nicaragua
Church of Recollection in León.
Poutine, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0

Other man made landmarks

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