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Lonely Planet knows Nicaragua. This 2nd edition helps you build the perfect itinerary, whether it includes climbing a volcano on the Isla de Ometepe, strolling through colonial Granada and Leon, drinking organic coffee at sunrise on a cooperative farm, or watching perfect waves crash onto an empty beach.

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Overview

Lonely Planet knows Nicaragua. This 2nd edition helps you build the perfect itinerary, whether it includes climbing a volcano on the Isla de Ometepe, strolling through colonial Granada and Leon, drinking organic coffee at sunrise on a cooperative farm, or watching perfect waves crash onto an empty beach.

Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.

In This Guide:

Nicaraguans weigh in on their favorite towns, bars, sunset views and more
Comprehensive and cross-referenced chapter on outdoor adventures
Unique Green Index and Green Nicaragua chapter make ecofriendly travel easy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741048346
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Country Travel Guide Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

On the Road 4

Best of Nicaragua 5

Destination Nicaragua 16

Getting Started 17

Itineraries 21

History 26

The Culture 37

Food & Drink 45

Environment 52

Green Nicaragua 59

Nicaragua Outdoors 63

Managua 71

History 72

Orientation 72

Information 73

Dangers & Annoyances 76

Sights & Activities 76

Courses 80

Festivals & Events 80

Sleeping 80

Eating 83

Drinking 85

Entertainment 86

Shopping 88

Getting There & Away 88

Getting Around 89

Around Managua 91

Lagunas de Xiloá & Apoyeque 91

Mateare 91

El Trapiche 92

Pacific Beaches 92

Ticuantepe 93

Masaya & Los Pueblos Blancos 95

Masaya 97

Parque Nacional Volcán Masaya 103

Nindirí 104

Reserva Natural Laguna de Apoyo 104

Los Pueblos Blancos 106

Carazo 110

Granada 113

History 114

Orientation 114

Information 114

Sights & Activities 115

Walking Tour 121

Courses 123

Granada for Children 124

Tours 124

Festivals & Events 124

Sleeping 125

Eating 127

Drinking & Entertainment 129

Shopping 130

Getting There & Around 131

Around Granada 132

Reserva Natural Volcán Mombacho 132

Parque Nacional Archipiélago Zapatera 134

Southwestern Nicaragua 136

Rivas 138

Tola & the Tola Beaches 141

San Jorge 144

Isla de Ometepe 145

San Juan del Sur 157

Beaches North of San Juan del Sur 164

Beaches South of San Juan del Sur 165

León & Northwestern Nicaragua 168

León 170

Pacific Beaches near León 184

Volcanoes 187

San Jacinto 189

El Sauce 189

Nagarote 190

La Paz Centro 190

Chinandega 191

Around Chinandega 194

Cosig&uumlet;ina Peninsula Beaches 195

Reserva Natural VolcánCosig&uumlet;ina 198

Northern Highlands 200

Estelí 202

área Protegida Miraflor 208

área Protegida Cerro Tisey-Estanzuela 209

San Juan de Limay 210

Pueblo Nuevo 210

Condega 211

Somoto 211

Ocotal 213

Dipilto 214

Ocotal to Jalapa 215

Jalapa 216

Esteli-Jinotega Road 217

Jinotega 218

Reserva Natural Cerro Datanlí-El Diablo 223

Lago de Apanás-Asturias 224

Matagolpa 224

La Pita, La Corona & El Roblar 231

Selva Negra 231

Finca Esperanza Verde 231

La Dalia & Peñas Blancas 231

South to Managua 232

Caribbean Coast 234

Las Minas (The Mining Triangle) 238

Bilwi (Puerto Cabezas) 243

Waspám & the Río Coco 247

Managua-El Rama Road 250

El Rama 256

Bluefields 257

Pearl Lagoon 260

Corn Islands 263

San Carlos, Islas Solentiname & the Río San Juan 271

San Carlos 274

San Miguelito 276

Islas Solentiname 277

Refugio de Vida Silvestre Los Guatuzos 281

Río San Juan 282

Directory 290

Accommodations 290

Activities 291

Business Hours 291

Children 291

Climate Charts 292

Courses 292

Customs Regulations 292

Dangers & Annoyances 292

Embassies & Consulates 293

Food 293

Gay & Lesbian Travelers 293

Holidays 293

Insurance 293

Internet Access 294

Legal Matters 294

Maps 294

Money 294

Post 295

Shopping 295

Solo Travelers 295

Telephone 295

Tourist Information 296

Travelers with Disabilities 296

Visas 296

Volunteering 296

Women Travelers 297

Work 297

Transportation 298

Getting There & Away 298

Entering the Country 298

Air 298

Land 300

River 300

Sea 300

Getting Around 300

Air 300

Bicycle 301

Boat 301

Bus 301

Car & Motorcycle 302

Hitchhiking 303

Local Transportation 303

Health 304

Before you Go 304

Insurance 304

Recommended Vaccinations 304

Medical Checklist 304

Online Resources 304

Further Reading 305

In Transit 305

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) 305

Jet Lag & Motion Sickness 305

In Nicaragua 306

Availability & Cost of Health Care 306

Infectious Diseases 306

Travelers' Diarrhea 309

Environmental Hazards 309

Children & Pregnant Women 310

Language 311

Glossary 319

The Authors 321

Behind the Scenes 322

Index 330

GreenDex 338

Map Legend 340

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