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Gap Year in Nicaragua

A Central American country bordered by the Caribbean Sea on the East and the Pacific Ocean on the West, Nicaragua would be a perfect destination for gap year if you are seeking some adventure! With its magnificent volcanic landscapes, lush forests, pristine beaches and colonial architecture - Nicaragua can never fail to mesmerize any traveler! If your soul is craving for some wanderlust, then we would suggest you to go for an amazing Central American tour crossing this magical country, where you can stop by to experience the best that it has to offer! Make the most of your gap year abroad by discovering new places, meeting new people and knit stories that would be worth sharing.

Gap Year in Nicaragua

Does the rugged old world charm of Central America appeal to you more than posh European cities? Then Nicaragua is where you should be heading out to on your gap year. Home to Granada, one of the oldest cities of Central America, the colonial grandeur of the city is in a league of its own. Be it the idyllic Caribbean beaches or the crashing waves of the Pacific, Nicaragua is quite the favorite amongst beach lovers and also for underwater adventure seekers. Gap year is a time to do unthinkable things and experience the thrill of living on the edge, and the abundance of outdoor adventures in Nicaragua, from the heart-thumping stint of boarding down a volcano to canoeing through alligator-infested wetlands, your gap year activities in Nicaragua are bound to give a new meaning the phrase ‘living on the edge’! Take in the laid-back vibe of the nation and feel time stop for a moment in front of Nicaragua’s sensational natural beauty and intensifying adventures!

Tours in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the perfect medley of exciting adventures, mind-boggling experiences and laid back relaxation- the perfect cocktail of Travel! Missing out on any of these aspects of Nicaragua would be reasons for regret! But not when you’re aboard our adventure tours; Then it’s going to be a haze of thrilling experiences, eye-popping natural beauty, swinging on a hammock by the beach relaxing and lots and lots of amazing Nicaraguan food! Name some out of the world, unique activities like volcano boarding and Nicaragua’s got them! If there’s anything like ‘Nature uninterrupted’ Nicaragua’s where you get to experience that- from the pristine beaches of San Juan del Sur to the twin volcanic peaks of Isla de Ometepe- Nicaragua is one bombastic travel experience that you’ll remember forever.

General Questions

All travelers to Nicaragua need to acquire a visa for entering or visiting from the Nicaraguan Diplomatic Mission in their respective countries. The citizens of visa exempt countries can visit Nicaragua for a period of up to 90 days without any visa. Citizens of certain countries also have the option of availing visa on arrival in Nicaragua.

Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.

Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey? 

Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand. 

If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Nicaragua, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.

We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. Apart from routine vaccines, like your yearly flu shot, Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, MMR vaccine it is recommended to take shots for Hepatitis A&B, Rabies, Malaria and Typhoid for traveling in Nicaragua.

You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Nicaragua. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 20-30 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Nicaragua, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of any emergencies, if one arises. 

Just like any other tropical country, Nicaragua has two distinct seasons- The wet season and the dry season. The months of May to October are characterized by tropical rain, so rain gear should be a top priority on your packing list. Layering is key to keep comfortable in Nicaragua, so light layers of cotton clothing would be the best choice for any season really. December to April are the months when the sun shines and it gets hot, hot, hot in Nicaragua. Don’t forget to pack in your essential beachwear along with casual breezy clothes in breathable fabrics to combat the heat. We always suggest our travelers to carry any lightweight jacket for their own good, cause you never know what might cause the temperature to take a dip suddenly. 

Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information. 


GDA has a fantastic range of voluntours, adventure tours, internships, work abroad opportunities and responsible traveling options which will surely add a new meaning to your gap year. Pick whatever suits your interests and book your flight tickets for your dream destination. It's time to tickle your wanderlust cells! Calling out all backpackers, gap year students, solo travelers and adventure seekers - it's time that you take the leap and Go, Discover Abroad!

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