By all means “the land of lakes and volcanoes”. Within its borders, the two largest freshwater lakes in Central America, Lake Managua and Lake Nicaragua. And the 20 volcanoes in the Central Highlands, most of them still active. Besides, in this country Nicaragua, you find a large rainforest with a lot of different kinds of flora and fauna. So, it’s no surprise that the eco tourist finds its way to this place!
Culture in Nicaragua
Cities like Managua, Granada, Léon, and Masaya are a good base to see a lot of Nicaraguan cultures. In Managua, you can learn all about the Nicaraguan revolution, which is leaving its mark on the country up to this day.
The cities are vivid and here you can visit theatres, (art) museums and festivals. Yet, the stunning nature is very close. At the coast of Lake Nicaragua, you there’s Granada. The city is not only inhabited by people. On the archipelago of 365 small islands, you also find countless bird species.
The cities mentioned above are located in the west of Nicaragua. Note the Spanish influences which are present in this region. For instance in food, religion, music, and of course the Spanish language. The eastern parts of the country are known as the Mosquito Coast. Besides Miskito, many people speak English because it was twice a Protectorate of the United Kingdom over the years. In this region, there are no major cities, but the nice little villages are worth a visit as well.
Food in Nicaragua
Similar to the culture, food differs from coast to coast. On the Carribean coast, people use the tropical flavor of coconut a lot. Also, a lot of seafood is on the menu. While near the Pacific, corn is the staple which people use a lot in different dishes. In addition, corn is used in drinks as well such as in the drink Chicha-de Maíz.
Rather everywhere, people eat the combination of rice and beans on a daily bases. The name of this dish: Gallo Pinto (‘spotted rooster’). Also, people grow a lot of fruit in their gardens which is used in various Nicaraguan dishes. ‘Platanos (plantains) are a staple. And a lovely way to eat a banana local style is ‘tostones con queso’, fried pieces of banana in combination with delicious cheese.
ResiRest in Nicaragua
Meet a local family in Nicaragua by ResiRest. Join them for a traditional lunch or dinner at their home. Since the Nicaraguan families serve a delicious meal, you don’t want to miss out on this! Furthermore, sharing a meal is the best way to get to know each other. And so you: “Come as a guest, leave as a friend!”
In Nicaragua, we work together with NME Mundial to support local families. As a result, we can offer you home dining at reliable and friendly host families. While you have a great time at the dining table together, at the same time these locals earn their ‘fair share of tourism’. Check out the menus in our free mobile app.