Nicaragua: travel books to read before you go

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This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Nicaragua guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip.

It’s been a while since anybody wrote a good travelogue about Nicaragua, but below are some classics. While Granada and San Juan del Sur both have excellent English-language bookstores, it’s generally best to get what you need before you arrive.

The JaguarThe Jaguar Smile by Salman Rushdie is part travelogue, part (very friendly) examination of Sandinista government policies during the 1980s. It makes for a good, if heavily biased, read.

The WarThe War in Nicaragua by William Walker is an often tragic look into the mind of the man who just couldn’t leave Nicaragua alone. It was written in 1860, just before his final, fateful invasion attempt.

Travels with Mr Brown by Mark Twain is well worth tracking down – Twain spends very little time in Nicaragua, but his lyrical descriptions of Ometepe and the Río San Juan still ring true today.

More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here.