Nicaragua is a country almost untouched by mass tourism with something for everyone. Volcano hikes, islands, lakes, colonial cities and jungle. I spent almost two months in this amazing country and it's at the top of my list for places to visit.
One question I get a lot of is which island people should visit when they go to Nicaragua, Big Corn Island or Little Corn Island. Usually I suggest both but I wrote this comparison to help portray the main differences between the two islands.
They both offer world class diving and excellent snorkeling opportunities as well great local food and views to die for. The differences can be very subtle so check out this guide on which Corn Island to choose!
The Somoto Canyon is one of oldest rock formations in Central America and has become one of the main attractions of Northern Nicaragua. The canyon is located fifteen minutes west of the city of Somoto and is also called "the structure" or “Namancambre” by locals.
Laguna de Apoyo is a crater lake said to be the result of Volcano Apoyo imploding on itself over 20,000 years ago. It is 48 square kilometres and the deepest point has been measured at 200 metres. It gets deep very quickly but is naturally warm and filled with volcano mineraly goodness. Like many beaches in Central America, the lake has a black sand beach.
I like to have a good time but I also love to be in bed by 10pm. Usually. I had been hearing about Sunday Funday since Panama City and knew it was a pretty big deal. While staying at a backpacker resort in Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua, I met a lovely lady who invited me to her 30th birthday party that was happening in San Juan Del Sur. It was to be on a Friday night, followed by a weekend of festivities with the big event on Sunday at Sunday Funday.
The Corn Islands in Nicaragua are a special place to visit. I wasn’t sure which I would like best so I spilt my two weeks between the two islands evenly. I actually enjoyed my time on both islands and would recommend either but here are some of my observations between the two which might help you choose where to spend your time.