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Top Choice National Park in Somoto

Monumento Nacional Cañon de Somoto

The Coco (or Wangki), Central America’s longest river, runs all the way to the Caribbean, but its first impression may be its most spectacular. Gushing from underground, it has carved solid rock into this 3km-long g…
Top Choice Volcano in Masaya & Los Pueblos Blancos

Parque Nacional Volcán Masaya

Described by the Spaniards as the gates of hell, the craters that comprise Volcán Masaya National Park are the most easily accessible active volcanoes in the country. The two volcanoes at the park, Masaya and Nindir…
Top Choice Church in Granada

Convento y Museo San Francisco

One of the oldest churches in Central America and the most striking building in Granada, Iglesia San Francisco boasts a robin's egg-blue birthday-cake facade and houses both an important convent and one of the best …
Top Choice Museum in León

Museo Rubén Darío

Nicaragua's most famous poet, Rubén Dario, lived in this house for the first 14 years of his life – indeed, he started writing poetry right here at age 12. That first poem is on display here, as are various personal…
Top Choice Museum in León

Museo de Arte Fundación Ortiz-Gurdián

Probably the finest museum of contemporary art in all of Central America, the Ortiz-Gurdián Collection has spilled over from its original home in Casa Don Norberto Ramiréz, refurbished in 2000 to its original Creole…
Top Choice Museum in Waspám & the Río Coco

Museo Auka Tangki

Don’t miss Dr Dionisio Melgara Brown’s museum, a 10-minute walk along dirt roads curving away from the river. Brown, a retired teacher, built this museum on the ground floor of his home with his own savings in order…
Top Choice Market in Masaya

Mercado de Artesanías de Masaya

Showcasing the highest-quality crafts in the country, this historic marketplace, a black-basalt Gothic structure with a Spanish-fortress motif that includes turrets, towers and oversized gates, dates from 1888. It's…
Top Choice Seafood in Bluefields

Cevicheria El Chino

Don't leave Bluefields without trying El Chino's marvelous ceviche prepared fresh every day and served in small polystyrene cups, alongside an array of auto parts at this unremarkable grocery shop. Choose from shrim…
Top Choice Church in Isla Mancarrón

Nuestra Señora de Solentiname

Mancarrón's greatest human-made gift is Nuestra Señora de Solentiname, where populist priest Ernesto Cardenal ran a rather enlightened parish. Constructed by the community in 1979, it features a beautiful whitewashe…
Top Choice Museum in Juigalpa

Museo Arqueológico Gregorio Aguilar Barea

Mystical stone statues rise like ancient totems in the courtyard entrance here. It houses the most important collection of stelae in the country, with more than 120 basalt statues, carved between AD 800 and 1500, in…