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Nicaragua 2015

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Paseo de Los Mangos, Granada, Nicaragua
It’s easy to be zen at this secluded sustainable resort located on a tiny island in Lake Nicaragua. Guests arrive via a ten-minute boat ride from the colonial town of Granada. Once on island, activities range from kayaking around the lake to...
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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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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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Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua
I came to this camp as a part of a Yoga/Surfing retreat and had a phenomenal time. As a "learn-to-surf" (no surf experience) the staff was great at getting me into some waves and up on my board by day 2. Yoga was a great counter-balance to surfing...
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Are there still tourist-free beaches, where fishermen live and waves break? Yes, there are: in Nicaragua. This 50 mile stretch of Pacific coast is known as The Surf Zone. It's easy to see why! So many wonderful beaches to choose from. I wish I'd...
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Mombacho, Nicaragua
After many hot days in Nicaragua, it was a relief to get up into the cloud forest on the Mombacho volcano. We did a short hike that took us past lots of cool plants and fumeroles where you could feel the steam coming out of the mountain. We even...
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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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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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A two hour hike off the main road on the southwestern slopes of Maderas Volcano on Ometepe Island brings you to the gorgeous moss-covered San Ramon waterfall (Cascada de San Ramon). The trail first leads you through sun-exposed farm fields that...
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8 Km north San Juan del Sur, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Just a short walk from Maderas village, you’ll find Maderas Beach, a small beach with a few restaurants and bars and a great surf. Rent boards from Escuela de Surf for $25 with a lesson, or $10 without. The guides are super helpful, so you’ll be...
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The imposing Mombacho Volcano watches over the colonial city of Granada and entices you to visit. Tours can be arranged from Granada but its proximity makes for a short and exciting public bus ride. From the park entrance, most people choose to...
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Playa Maderas, Nicaragua
For those looking for solace from the Sunday Funday backpacker bar crawl in San Juan Del Sur, Playa Maderas is a close (but bumpy) 4-wheel-drive ride north. The rolling beach-break waves are great for beginner surf lessons, and further out, for...
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8 Km north San Juan del Sur, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Walk along the coastline at low tide, and you’ll find tons of secret beaches. Not only will you most likely have the beach to yourself, the waves will be perfect for play-time. Make sure you stay to watch the sunset. Just be sure you can make it...
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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...