Mention Nicaragua to many and they will unfairly shrug it off as a Central American nation infamous for its bloody civil war – the poor neighbour of eco-tourism giant Costa Rica.
But make your way into the heart of the country and you will find a land waking up to its potential as a tourist draw, with stunning scenery, world-class diving, splendid colonial cities… and of course the volcanoes.
A string of smoking, dormant and extinct cones runs north to south, offering all sorts of adventures to both the intrepid and more laid back traveller. These sleeping beasts have become a centre for adrenaline-seeking holidaymakers in recent years.
Alex Millson discovers what three of the best – the grand Concepcion, imposing Cerro Negro and feisty Masaya – have to offer…
Exotic retreat: Nicaragua has long been in the shadow of neighbouring Costa Rica, but it has its own natural wonders, from lush forests to volcanoes, to entice tourists
Good overview from the British Daily Mail on Nicaragua and the wonders of its volcanoes specifically. Interesting description of the volcano boarding on Cerro Negro volcano up near Leon. Not so macho when faced with the reality of the slope and speed gained going down the volcano.