Organized tours are generally best arranged locally. If you’ve only got a short spell in the country and don’t fancy the rigours of Nicaragua’s clamorous bus terminals and ramshackle taxis, though, various places can arrange trips from Managua. These are usually pricey, but can get you to remote areas fast and will pick you up from your hotel or the airport. Careli Tours, opposite Colegio La Salle, Planes de Altamira (2278 6919, carelitours.com), are good for expensive best-of-Nicaragua-type packages, lasting up to a fortnight, as well as trips combining Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Otherwise, operators in León and Granada can help – try the likes of Green Pathways and Va Pues or Tierra Tour and Nicaragua Adventures.

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