One of Nicaragua's most enjoyable natural sites, the magnificent Cañon de Somoto should not be missed by anyone in this part of the country. It makes for a super enjoyable and exciting day excursion that combines hiking, swimming, scrambling and boating through a narrow, towering canyon from where the Río Coco, Central America's longest river, begins its epic journey to the Caribbean.
Until 2003, the nearby town of Somoto was just another sleepy place in the Honduran shadow, known locally for its donkeys and rosquillas (crusty cornbread rings). This was when two Czech scientists 'discovered' what the locals had known about since time immemorial: the dramatic nearby canyon that could have been designed for tourism. Overnight Somoto became a popular backpacker stopover between Honduras and Granada and is today the second most visited attraction in Nicaragua – don't miss it.