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Discover Zapatera Island in Lake Nicaragua

Inhabited by small fishing and farming communities, the picturesque volcanic island of Zapatera lies off the western shoreline of Lake Nicaragua. Tourism infrastructure on the island is minimal, but for nature loving travelers who prefer off-the-beaten track destinations, Zapatera is worth considering. Excursions to archeological sites, hikes through lush forested areas, swimming, bird watching and fishing are some of the activities to be enjoyed on the island and surrounding islets.

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Rural Tourism on Ometepe Island

The island of Ometepe, located in Lake Cocibolca, consists of two cone-shaped volcanoes – Maderas and Concepción - joined by a narrow strip of land. The island is thought to have been inhabited by humans as far back as 500 BC and stone idols and petroglyphs remain as reminders of its ancient history. Maderas is considered to be dormant and features a crater lake, with lush rain forests and coffee plantations covering its fertile volcanic ash enriched slopes. Most of the Volcán Maderas is a nature reserve and popular as a hiking destination. Volcán Concepción, the larger of the two volcanoes, is active and erupted as recently as 2010. Both volcanoes are integral to the legends and folklore of the island.

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Explore Nicaragua's Boaco Department

Originally part of the Chontales Department of Nicaragua, Boaco became a separate department in 1938 and includes the municipalities of Boaco, Camoapa, San José de los Remates, San Lorenzo, Santa Lucia and Teustepe. Bordering Lake Cocibolca, Boaco Department's economy is driven primarily by agriculture cattle ranching, and visitors will find the area to be verdant and tranquil. The city of Boaco is linked by road with Nicaragua's capital city, Managua, and has all the conveniences of larger cities. Visitors to Boaco may want to take some time to visit the smaller municipalities of the department to appreciate the stunning scenery and laid back atmosphere.

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Enjoy an Eco-Friendly Vacation on Ometepe Island

Located on the slopes of the Maderas Volcano, on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua, Totoco Eco-Lodge offers travelers the option of enjoying an unforgettable Nicaraguan holiday with all the modern conveniences, while having minimal impact on the environment. The resort's individual lodges are very private and each has breathtaking views of the Concepción Volcano and the lake. There are different accommodation options, from cabanas for two, to a fully equipped home for eight people. Along with the same spectacular views, the main lodge has a swimming pool, as well as a bar and restaurant serving up local and international specialties. Each of the lodges has its own renewable energy supply and innovative methods of waste disposal. Staff members from local communities, working with volunteers, implement organic permaculture farming principles to grow fresh fruit and vegetables on Totoco’s six hectares of land.

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Explore the Colonial and Volcanoes Route of Nicaragua

Visitors to Nicaragua may have difficulty deciding what to see and do because of the multitude of choices in this beautiful Central American country. Fortunately, there are a number of tourism companies offering packages highlighting various aspects of the country, and travelers are sure to find something to suit their interests – and budget. One of the more popular options is the Colonial and Volcanoes Route which winds its way along the western region of Nicaragua, incorporating some of the country's historic Colonial cities and most interesting volcanoes. While tours may vary, depending on the tour operator and preferences of visitors, they general include the Cerro Negro, Mombacho and Masaya volcanoes, as well as Colonial cities Granada and León.

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Visit the Capital City of Nicaragua's Chontales Region

As the capital city of the Chontales region, Juigalpa is the region's commercial center and vital to the economy of Nicaragua. It is located in the Amerrisque Mountain valley on the Atlantic Highway running between Managua and the lowlands. There are a number of factories and processing plants for local produce in Juigalpa, including tanneries for the production of leather and facilities for processing coffee – one of Nicaragua's top crops and biggest export products. Juigalpa also has some interesting sights for visitors to explore and is host to a festival considered to be one of the best in Central America, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary held in the middle of August each year.

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Discover Nicaragua's Rivas Department

Nicaragua's Rivas Department consists of the wide isthmus separating Lake Nicaragua from the Pacific Ocean. Featuring a host of natural, cultural and historic attractions, Rivas includes two of the country’s most visited destinations – the volcanic island of Ometepe and the coastal town of San Juan del Sur – the latter being world renowned for its spectacular beaches and superb surfing conditions. La Flor Beach Wildlife Refuge is another attraction within the jurisdiction of the Rivas Department, and it is here that thousands of turtles lay their eggs in the soft sand.

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Explore Nicaragua on Foot and Support a Good Cause

Nicaragua offers a host of truly spectacular trekking trails, attracting trekking enthusiasts from around the world. Among the most popular of the country's trekking trails are those that allow trekkers to explore the majestic volcanoes of Nicaragua, a number of which – San Cristóbal, Cerro Negro, Momotombo, Pilas, Telica and Cerro Negro - form part of the Cordillera de Maribios near the vibrant city of León. Visitors to León who are interested in trekking in the region may want to consider using the services of the non-profit volunteer organization Quetzaltrekkers León, thereby supporting a good cause while enjoying a memorable trekking experience.

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