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Definitely off-the-beaten path, the Treehouse requires precise directions, good pronunciation and a firm will to find. Hop on the bus or take a collectivo from Granada towards the coast about 15 minutes from town, ask to be dropped off at "Poste...
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Adult summer camp – or a young person's retirement community, any way you cut it, Maderas Village offers a genuine experience in the art of relaxation. The sustainable community is built into the hillside of the lush jungle, overlooking Playa...
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Del Triangulo 100 metros al Norte, Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua
The Laguna de Apoyo is located in a nature preserve that sits in a crater's crystal clear lagoon surrounded by a rainforest. The crater is now a sleeping volcano and is some of the clearest, blue fresh waters in Central America. The lagoon is very...
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Esteli, Nicaragua
I was never a big fan of cigars until taking a tour of a tobacco factory and hanging out with these guys for a bit. Seeing the amount of work and skill that goes into each cigar taught me a new appreciation for this vice. Tours can be booked from...
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Telica Volcano, Nicaragua
A friend of mine was volunteering with Quetzaltrekkers Nicaragua which gave me the opportunity to book a flight from NYC to Managua, travel to the town of Leon and take a bus with the Quetzaltrekkers hike leaders to a small rural village close to...
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Playa Maderas Maderas, Nicaragua
We had an unforgettable experience staying at Buena Vista Surf Club, while visiting San Juan del Sur. The eco-lodge is set into a hill overlooking the jungle and Playa Maderas with a giant sundeck where guests could enjoy the view. It was a great...
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Dense jungles and white-sand beaches have turned a 30-mile stretch of Pacific shoreline into a hot spot among in-the-know wellness seekers. Located north of the beach town San Juan del Sur, the Emerald Coast began attracting yogis with resorts...
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Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
Guests at Jicaro Island Ecolodge, a nine-casita resort in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, can kayak around the lake's 365 islets which formed when the Mombacho volcano erupted thousands of years ago. Early morning is the best time for spotting birds...
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Avenida Principal Los Robles, Managua, Nicaragua
Located in the "zona Hippos" of Managua, a lively nightlife strip with bars and restaurants, El Tercer Ojo is an upscale - but not overly expensive - restaurant. Some nights they have live music, and the rest of the nights there's chill lounge...
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Matagalpa, Nicaragua
If you're visiting Nicaragua, you shouldn't miss Matagalpa - a beautiful, mountainous, cool area where you can hike around the Selva Negra nature reserve and take coffee or cocoa tours. The Selva Negra also has an on-site restaurant with an...
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Carlos Fonseca, Managua, Nicaragua
Managua has two main markets: the Huembes market and the Oriental market. Although Huembes is considered by locals to be the "tourist" market, I'd actually recommend it over Oriental because it's safer, easier to get around, less chaotic, and (as...
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1 Redonda Bay, Tola, Nicaragua
Seclusion and tranquility are the new forms of luxury in a world that is so accessible and plugged in. Aqua Wellness Resort successfully marries contemporary luxury accommodations with serene surroundings, providing a memorable and rejuvenating...
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Maderas, Nicaragua
You may not know it, but in the middle of Lake Nicaragua – a lake that makes Lake Tahoe seem like a swimming pool, lies the magical island of Ometepe. It’s home to not one, but two volcanoes, a seemingly endless shoreline and a plethora of organic...
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Central America
Just south of the city of Esteli is a hidden little organic cafe where they make fresh yogurt, cheeses and wood oven baked bread made to order. The cafe sits on a small farm with a small stream running through it.
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In the middle of the nature reserve of Miraflor you will find Poza la Pila, a waterfall that empties into a swimming hole. Surrounded by trees, and a bit hard to get to you, you might be lucky enough to have it all to yourself. The easiest way to...
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On the horizon just NE of León, Nicaragua, you can make out the giant black mound of Cerro Negro--Central America's youngest volcano. Until 1850, there was NOTHING here! Since then it's erupted dozens of times--coating the surrounding countryside...
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The wonderful indoor/outdoor market in an old Spanish building in Granada, features leather, alligator, wood carving, textiles and food. I found these unique chicken baskets a bit too realistic for my taste.
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Isletas de Granada, Nicaragua
Nicaragua is full of beautiful scenery and opportunities to learn about the land and waters around and in the country. Made of volcanoes, many of the outdoor activities in the country involve engaging with the mountains and craters. Even kayaking...
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Km 140 Carr. Jinotega, Selva Negra, Nicaragua
Nestled in the Cloud Forest near Matagalpa, Nicaragua is a beautiful Eco-lodge known as Selva Negra. Founded in the late 1800’s by German immigrants Selva Negra serves as an Eco-Lodge, Nature Reserve, Coffee Estate, Organic Farm, Banquet Facility,...
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In the town of Merida on the Island of Ometepe you'll find Caballito del Mar. Caballito is a restaurant, a hostel, and the launching spot for kayaking tours of Rio Istiam. This tour was amazing! I had the opportunity to see caiman, members of the...
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Barrio Pantasma, Managua, Nicaragua
In the center of Managua, Nicaragua lies the Roberto Huembes market. Selling an incredible array of native fruits, spices and even hammocks, this is a must-visit in Managua. You can even get your shoes shined here. Prepare to be overwhelmed, which...
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Corn Island, just off the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua (and a short flight from Managua with La Costeña airline), is one of the few Caribbean paradises that is still largely "undiscovered" (though I'd bet that's going to change soon). One of the...
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Av El Progreso, Masaya, Nicaragua
We were in the Masaya market in Nicaragua and these sweet local girls took our daughter under their wing and they played for hours. We took the time to relax, have some lunch, and enjoy the fact that our daughters future would be forever enriched...
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Limón Province, Cahuita, Costa Rica
As day breaks upon this tropical "oasis" the steam begins to rise into the atmosphere and the jungle is alive with noise. Cahuita, Costa Rica is a small town on the Caribbean and has easy access to the proportionately small national park that...
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Provincia de Guanacaste, Tortuguero de Quebrada Honda, Costa Rica
In the north eastern corner of Costa Rica is a special place called Tortugero. This is yet another unique ecosystem within diverse Costa Rica. Here the streets are water canals and the lifestyle feels very intertwined and harmonious with the...
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Limón Province, Costa Rica
Tucked in the Rainforest of Costa Rica is this incredible Ecolodge. We whitewater rafted all morning to arrive at the lodge, our river guides acted as chefs and general grounds keepers upon arrival, and we were treated to the absolute best food we...
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el, Calle Buenos Aires, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
It was a girls-only trip for my mother and me after I graduated college. It had its bumps and bruises (literally) as we bumbled from the Costa Rican interior (doing the usual zip-lining, river rafting and waterfall repelling) to the Pacific Coast....
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My wife and I decided to volunteer on a working coffee farm in Costa Rica - "voluntourism" as it's called. We worked from early morning to early afternoon, living in a rustic cabina. Showers were cold, bugs were aplenty, standard uniform was...