Nicaragua is the largest country in the Central American isthmus, bordering Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south. On the Pacific side of the country are the two largest fresh water lakes in Central America—Lake Managua and Lake Nicaragua. It is this area that most tourists visit, myself included, focusing on the colonial architecture, natural beauty, and making a rustic stop for the quesillo—a thick corn tortilla wrapped around soft cheese, pickled onions, with a sauce of sour cream and  vinegar.

Founded in 1524 and ostensibly the first European city in mainland America.

Of tectonic origin, it is the largest lake in Central America and the 9th largest in the Americas, slightly smaller than Lake Titicaca.

Founded by the Spanish as León Santiago de los Caballeros, it rivals Granada in its number of historic Spanish colonial churches, secular buildings, and private residences.

Also known as the Real and Renowned Basilica Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Ruins of León Viejo are located near the town of Puerto Momotombo, opposite the volcano of the same name, at the western end of Lake Managua.

Managua is the second most populous city in Central America, after Guatemala City.

The new cathedral, inaugurated in 1993, generated controversy among tourists and locals because of its bland and dull appearance.

Masaya’s Craft Market is located inside what used to be the old market, a 1900s structure that is located near the center of the city.

The Spanish baptized the active volcano “La Boca del Infierno” or “The Mouth of Hell.”

Back to Mexico & Central America

 Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.
— Seneca

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