2. Now For a Little Something Different: Volcano Sand-Boarding in Nicaragua
Nicaragua is a little off the mainstream travel radar, which makes it one of the best places to backpack. Explore Central America’s largest country before it is invaded by mass tourism (like Costa Rica). Nicaragua offers a mix of adventure and tranquility. Don’t miss the colonial town of Granada or the volcanic lake of Laguna de Apoyo. Boost your Spanish skills and enjoy some of the emerging eco-tourism opportunities. Try your hand at surfing, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking or volcano sand boarding. You can live well on $15-20 US per day here. Careful, once you embrace Nicaragua you may never leave.