Lake Nicaragua is home to Ometepe Island, an icon of Nicaraguan tourism, where the municipalities of Altagracia and Moyogalpa and the Concepción and Maderas volcanoes are located. Ometepe is an "Oasis of Peace" as its inhabitants often call it, in love with their land.
The department contains protected areas: the Concepción and Maderas Volcano Natural Reserve on Ometepe Island, also elevated to a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2010; the La Flor Wildlife Refuge in San Juan del Sur and the Laguna de Ñocarime Municipal Ecological Park in the municipality of Buenos Aires.
Rivas is bathed by short-distance rivers given the narrowness of the isthmus, but which in the rainy season become plentiful, thus offering the opportunity to enjoy its waters. The rivers that flow into the Lake with: Ochomogo, Las Lajas, Gil González, Enmedio, Amayo, among others. The Escalante, Nagualapa, La Flor, Ostional, El Naranjo, San Juan, Escameca, Brito and Murcielago rivers flow into the Pacific Ocean.
Surf in Maderas beach
In the municipalities of San Juan del Sur and Tola you will find beautiful beaches and bays, which are visited throughout the year by national and foreign tourists, the latter attracted by the world-famous waves for surfing on the beaches of Popoyo, Jiquiliste or Maderas.
Likewise, in Lake Nicaragua, for the enjoyment of its fresh waters, there are the beaches of El Menco, La Bocana Escalante, San Jorge, La Virgen, Punta de Jesús María, Santo Domingo, Playa Mangos, Playa el Perú, Playa Charco Verde. , Spring Beach and Santa Cruz Beach.
El Astillero, Marsella, Nacascolo, San Juan del Sur, Estero de Chacocente, Guacalito, Amarillo, Ocotal and Ostional are beaches on the Pacific Ocean coast that receive many tourist visits and that we invite you to enjoy.
In Belén and Buenos Aires you will find hardworking and creative people, famous for their filigree engraved gourds and their lively culture. San Jorge, headquarters of the La Merced Church, the oldest in the country, in its small territory houses great and significant historical and cultural treasures of the nation. Potosí, a lively and colorful town, with natural riches of extraordinary beauty that are waiting to be discovered and in Cárdenas you will see humble people but proud of their land privileged by nature.
The city of Rivas, has countless buildings and places declared Historical Cultural Heritage of the Nation that will make your visit something very special.
Throughout this department you will discover colonial and vernacular buildings, sites that have been the scene of events that have constituted the history of Nicaragua, customs and traditions, pilgrimages to sanctuaries, indigenous communities, archaeological sites and museums.
The department has two airports that are well equipped for their security and equipment, the La Paloma airport operates on Omepete Island and El Esmeralda's Tola, where they regularly receive charter flights.
Come and visit the department of Rivas because whoever knows Rivas the most, loves Nicaragua the most!