Events

Top Choice Religious in Antigua

Semana Santa

In the week leading up to Easter, hundreds of devotees garbed in deep purple and white robes bear revered icons from their churches in daily street processions in remembrance of Christ’s crucifixion. It's one of the…
Top Choice Religious in Diriamba

Fiesta de San Sebastián

The most remarkable of the fiestas patronales (saints days) celebrated in the Pueblos Blancos, this week-long folklore celebration blends pagan and Catholic elements with exuberant costumes and dance. Look out for t…
Top Choice Cultural in Masaya

Noche de Agüizotes

Not to be confused with the Day of the Dead, this spooky festival features legends such as the mocuana (the spirit that haunts La Mocuana hill), the chancha bruja (pig witch) and La Cegua, a monstrous woman who appe…
Top Choice Pool Crawl in San Juan Del Sur

Sunday Funday

Infamous on the Nica party scene, Sunday Funday is known to have involved over 800 participants on one occasion. It's a highly organised pool/bar crawl with DJ sets, involving Hostel Pachamama, Naked Tiger and other…
Top Choice Religious in León

Semana Santa

The Leónese Semana Santa is something special (and Nicaragua's liveliest!), with Barrio Subtiaba’s colorful sawdust ‘carpets,’ temporary and beautiful images that the funeral procession for Jesus walks over, and a s…
Top Choice Cultural in Bluefields

Palo de Mayo

Nicaragua's best street party simmers along throughout May with a series of neighborhood fiestas and cultural events. The highlights are the energetic Carnival on the last Saturday of the month and the closing Tulul…
Cultural in Panama City

Carnaval

Carnaval in Panama City is celebrated with merriment and wild abandon in the days preceding Ash Wednesday, between February and March. From Saturday until the following Tuesday, work is put away and masks, costumes …
Sports in Tilarán

Vuelta al Lago Arenal

They say that it’s virtually impossible to circumnavigate the lake. But they have never participated in the Vuelta al Lago Arenal, an annual event in March, when some 4000 cyclists do just that. It takes two days – …
Cultural in Portobelo

Festival de Diablos y Congos

The most intriguing local party is this festival of rebellion and ridicule that mocks the colonial Spaniards. Participants assume the role of escaped slaves and take ‘captives.’ It's held two weeks after Carnaval, m…
Cultural in Las Tablas

Carnaval

Held over the four days preceding Ash Wednesday, Panama's best Carnaval celebration sees floats and musicians parading parallel streets at dusk, and fireworks at night. The queens appear on Saturday night and their …