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Just gathering ideas for a trip (hopefully soon) with my sister.
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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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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
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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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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Av Central, León, Nicaragua
The Cathedral of Leon should be a must see when you are in Nicaragua. As an architect I loved this site and really appreciated the stories behind the historic architectural design. The Cathedral was constructed between 1747 and the early 19th...
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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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Playa Ocotal, Nicaragua
A short hike north of Playa Maderas lead to some less crowded beaches that were more swim friendly and less crowded.
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Av Central, León, Nicaragua
I've never seen avocados as big as the ones that come from the 'fincas' (rural farms) around León (map in the background). Just this one fruit--large enough for an entire bowl of guacamole! Nicaragua's volcanic soil--about as fertile as it gets......
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Av Central, León, Nicaragua
From the roof of León's cathedral, (Central America's largest), you can contemplate the long line of active volcanoes on the horizon just beyond Nicaragua's second-largest city. Colonial churches, such as the 18th-c. Calvario in this scene,...
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Telica, Nicaragua
One of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua, Telica, is approximately 15 miles outside the city of León. My friend and I booked a day tour with Anry Rodriguez from Mas Adventures. After a two-and-a-half hour horseback ride followed by a...
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Esteli, Nicaragua
Just off the central park in Estelli is a wonderful little restaurant with lots of delicious vegetarian and organic options. They open at 7am, when most places are still closed, and serve delicious espressos for 20 cordobas (about 70 cents)
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Central America
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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Central America
Sometimes you just have to get out of the city. Good thing there are lots of interesting things to do and see -- many of them nature-related! -- just a short drive from Managua. One of them is the Montibelli Wildlife Reserve, which is off of the...
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Calle Kevin, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
I loved it here! There is one place at Playa Hermosa to stay.. Just one and its here. The beach is super mellow, pristine and feels far away from the riff-raff of SJDS. The food is fantastic, (pancakes!) and the break is perfect for learning. It's...
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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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Granada, Nicaragua
If you haven’t been to Nicaragua, you probably haven’t met Vigorón. I had my first encounter with Vigorón just the other day. Vigorón is not a person, nor a place, but a traditional Nicaraguan dish. Boiled yucca, a potato-like root vegetable,...
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Calle Sotavento, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Even if you're not staying at the Pelican Eyes resort is San Juan del Sur, it's a nice place to have a few drinks and gaze out over the town.
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Volcan del Hoyo, Nicaragua
For the best view I think Ive ever seen, I would recommend the El Hoyo trek run by quetzaltrekkers in Leon. Not only do you get to bathe in a laguna, see a giant sink hole, and volcano board, you get to camp here... the orange tents were us!
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Central America
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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Masaya, Nicaragua
The Nani Cafe, newly opened across from the Mercado Turistico, is quickly becoming one of my favorite places in Masaya. Not only do they have air conditioning and wifi, but they have excellent coffee as well. My dog Bailey and I have become...
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León, Nicaragua
Here, the heart of León, Nicaragua: this UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest cathedral in Central America. Famed poet/diplomat Rubén Darío is entombed inside, and from the 18th-century rooftop, you get a view of Los Maribios--an active chain...
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Poneloya, Nicaragua
For unpretentious fried fish and ocean breezes when in the Northwest of Nicaragua, head to Poneloya. You don't even need a car--buses leave from León regularly and in about half-an-hour you're on the beach. Head to the northern end of Poneloya and...
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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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Central America
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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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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Calle Cervantes, Granada, Nicaragua
Nicaragua doesn't have the pre-Hispanic historical sites that Guatemala or Mexico do, but the museum in the old Convento de San Francisco in Granada holds a collection of ancient stone carvings worth checking out. The figures are from the island...
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Calle Santa Lucía, Granada, Nicaragua
Hotel con Corazón is a spacious and airy boutique hotel in the center of Granada and staying here helps Nicaraguans build a brighter future. 100% of the profits are invested in education. Give a little back while staying in a fantastic place.
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Central America
Soup is a Monday tradition in Nicaragua. Why Mondays? Because that's when everybody is recovering from a weekend of drinking, dancing, and partying, and needs to get over their resaca (hangover). You can get different kinds of soup - chicken,...
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Playa Maderas Maderas, Nicaragua
In a few years, there will probably be a guidebook to the various beaches along the Pacific coast of Nicaragua near San Juan del Sur. They each have different characteristics—some big, some small, some better for surfing, etc. We didn’t have time...
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Calle Atravesada, Granada, Nicaragua
As a chocoholic, I rarely turn down an opportunity to eat chocolate, so I certainly couldn't turn down the opportunity to learn how to make chocolate. The Choco Museo in Granada is committed to making artisan chocolate where the cacao plant grows....
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Granada, Nicaragua
When in Granada, Nicaragua la Calzada is the street to be on in the evening. This pedestrian friendly street is closed off to automobile traffic and lined with open air restaurants and outdoor cafes. Locals and tourists alike fill the streets and...
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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. A great place to stay is a little hostel/hotel called La...
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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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Granada, Nicaragua
Climb up the church bell tower for $20 cords (about $1 dollar) and get an amazing view of this city
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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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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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Calle El Calvano, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Colibri From our experience, Nicaraguan cuisine is not the most exciting in the world. It’s not bad, by any means, but once we’d had our fill of rice and beans, and gotten some fresh fish and shrimp down at the touristy restaurants along the beach...
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Nicaragua
Playa Madera is one of San Juan del Sur's best surfing beaches. It's only a short 20 minute ride out of town and is popular with both travelers and locals. If you aren't a surfer and are looking for a snack or if you need a pick me up after your...
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Nicaragua
After a day of hiking, biking, and exploring Nicaragua's fresh water island of Ometepe, you'll want to find a place to cool off. The natural oasis of Ojo de Agua offers cool fresh spring water, shade, refreshments, and relaxation amongst lush...
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Charco Verde, Nicaragua
We spent a day on the island of Omatepe, in Lake Nicaragua. We stopped at the Charco Verde lodge for lunch, and afterward did a short hike around the adjacent nature reserve. We circled a small lagoon, where we saw egrets and howler monkeys in the...
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Calle Atravesada, Granada, Nicaragua
The central market in Grenada is an unforgettable sensory experience. Its narrow pathways make wandering through the aisles of fruits and vegetables, sauces, meats, and trinkets an intense experience. The sweet scent of mangoes is enticing as is...