With volcanos, massive lakes, rainforests, beaches, and Spanish colonial cities with old-world charm, Nicaragua has all the ingredients to become a travel hotspot. In the meantime, it’s a destination that’s also very friendly on the wallet.

Streets of Granada, Nicaragua

Granada, Nicaragua

GRANADA, Nicaragua — With its colorfully painted buildings, cobblestone streets, and Spanish colonial architecture, Granada is a picturesque town that wears its history on its streets.

Parque Central at Dusk, Granada, Nicaragua

Granada’s Parque Central

GRANADA, Nicaragua — Parque Central is a hustling, bustling center of town. As in so many Spanish colonial towns, the park forms the heart of a grid that radiates out through the city’s streets.

Iglesia de la Merced, Granada, Nicaragua

Iglesia de la Merced | Granada

GRANADA, Nicaragua — Behind the run-down facade of Iglesia de la Merced is one of the most important churches in Granada. And its clock tower offers the best view of the city.

Nave of La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora, Granada, Nicaragua

La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora

GRANADA, Nicaragua — La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora isn’t the grandest or most famous of Granada’s churches. But it makes a credible claim to be the most beautiful.

Altar Piece in Cathedral of Granada, Nicaragua

Catedral de Granada

GRANADA, Nicaragua — The distinctive yellow and white Granada Cathedral dominates the city’s skyline and is Granada’s most important of the city’s several churches.

Yuca Root at Granada's Market (Mercado Municipal)

Granada’s Market

GRANADA, Nicaragua — Granada’s market is especially good. It’s large and colorful, pungent and bustling. And it’s the only show in town, so everything is concentrated here.

Facade of Centro Cultural Convento San Francisco, Granada, Nicaragua

Granada’s San Francisco Convent & Museum

GRANADA, Nicaragua — Behind that impressive facade, standing above most of the city of Granada, is the city’s main museum. Its exhibits are rather eclectic, but many of them relate in some way to the history of Granada and the nearby region.

Granada Municipal Cemetery

Granada Cemetery

GRANADA, Nicaragua — Granada’s city cemetery is Nicaragua’s oldest. And because of Granada’s historical significance, the cemetery is unusually beautiful and ornate.