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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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Las Salinas, Nicaragua
Perched high above a breathtaking rock masterpiece in the town of Las Salinas sits Magnific Rock Hotel, an inviting wooden lodge with the best sunset view on the Pacific coast. Surfers flock here for the legendary Popoyo break, but also for...
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Av Central, León, Nicaragua
With my rudimentary Spanish, I hadn’t understood why a local suggested wearing long pants to the night’s festival. “Because of the fireworks,” she had said (I thought). The recommendation seemed odd considering the stifling heat and humidity. But...
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León, Nicaragua
Our neighbors and friends in Nicaragua must have been bemused as my wife and I took note of every plant, flower, and fruit; imagine someone oohing and aahing over apples, right? But we SHOULD ooh and ahh when we learn the origin of things--THIS is...
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Calle Real Xalteva, Granada, Nicaragua
This highlight come from this past winter when I was living and traveling through Central America. While I had a base in Coco, Costa Rica, I spent three months traveling around Central America, including Monteverde, Palo Verde National Park, and...
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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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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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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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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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Av El Progreso, Masaya, Nicaragua
In Perú, I'd spotted a chess with Spaniard and Inca as opposing sides; I didn't have the cash on hand and couldn't get it, though. Then, a few years later, visiting the handicrafts market in Masaya, Nicaragua, I saw another set--no Inca history in...
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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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León, Nicaragua
Throughout León's colonial-era downtown, relics of the turbulent 1980's remain--the popular murals of the Sandinista revolution... Nicaragua's second-largest city feels more like a laid-back town, and it's one of the best places in Central America...
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Managua, Nicaragua
Sometimes the perfect place to stay is not comprised of walls. For me, it is the view from the windows. Small tastes of the local atmosphere can usually be found inside: the hammock hanging in the corner, the scent of mangos, or the buzz of...
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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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Contiguo a Biblioteca de Banco Central Calle de los Bancos, Matagalpa 61000, Nicaragua
A lot of signage and advertising is still painted by hand in Nicaragua. We took a cultural tour with our language school, Matagalpa Spanish School, and visited an organization called Familias Especiales that helps children with disabilities and...
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3era. Avenida NO y 1era. calle NO, Del Parque Central 2 cuadras al Oeste, 1/2 cuadra al Norte, León 21000, Nicaragua
In the heart of León, Nicaragua, the Hotel El Convento is located in what used to be the Convento de San Francisco, dating from the 17th century. Refurbished as a hotel in 2000, the lobby is full of colonial art and antiques--but I was a bit...
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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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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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Granada, Nicaragua
As the soft evening light shines upon the bell, located in the clock tower of the prominent Church Merced which rings on the hour, one looks out over the Cathedral on the plaza and beyond to the shores of the Lake Cocibolca. To speak of Granada is...
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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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Granada, Nicaragua
Coffee is delicious in Nicaragua, being one of it's main crops.
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Masaya, Nicaragua
Mercado de Artesanias (Craft Market) in Masaya, a small town near Granada, is known for its locally made crafts and hammocks. But what struck me the most about the market were all of the vibrant colors there. From the food and the paintings to 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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Nicaragua is proud of its volcanoes. We visited this one on a half-day trip from Granada. It's not every day you can look down into a steaming volcanic crater. And you don't even have to hike. You just drive right up to the edge. If you go at...
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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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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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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Shopping in local farmers' markets and produce stands is one of the most fascinating aspects of travel. The fruit selection, most notably, is usually quite different than what you might find back home. I stumbled upon these shockingly pink Pitaya...
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Altagracia, Nicaragua
When my wife and I first visited Nicaragua, some of our friends and family asked, "is it safe? I mean isn't there a war or something going on down there?" Well, yeah--there WAS a civil war...over TWENTY years ago! Now Nicaragua is reasonably...
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Granada, Nicaragua
This man roams the streets of Granada with a string of plain painted maracas, gourds with seeds inside used as percussion instruments, and will carve your maracas with scenes, names, flowers, anything you want, with a razor blade, in about 1...
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Granada, Nicaragua
Taking a boat out among the 365 islands near Granada was my favorite thing we did in Nicaragua. We went with Tierra Tours (we arranged it the night before, but we probably could have set it up that morning), and Carlos, our guide, was terrific. We...
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Granada, Nicaragua
Nicaragua is a destination that is gaining serious popularity. Many people are flocking to San Juan del Sur for the beach, surfing and ziplining. But don't miss out on visiting the colonial town of Granada - its full of charm and culuture. Here's...
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León may be the second-largest city in Nicaragua, but it feels more like a laid-back town. The National University is here, yet the cobblestoned intersections are unencumbered with traffic lights. A dignified patina of age hangs over the colonial...
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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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Granada, Nicaragua
This particularly hot January afternoon we decided to take the regularly scheduled ferry from Jicaro Island Ecolodge into the town of Granada to do some exploring. Without a real plan in mind, we wandered through the central square, inevitably...
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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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San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua
I have to admit I was a little worried about making a stop at a ceramics studio. I've made these stops before, where you're supposed to see the traditional processes and all that, but it's really a slick showroom for a factory and they spend the...
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León, Nicaragua
Just an hour and half northwest of Managua lies León — a charming colonial city known for its hot temperatures (que calor!), its abundant churches and its beautiful beaches (que bellas las playas). I had the opportunity to brave the heat to...
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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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La Chureca crouches just beyond Nicaragua's capital, Managua. With the 1,000 people who live in the dump, digging through trash to salvage any type of metal or recyclable in exchange for money, it doesn’t run like a democracy or even a form...
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San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua
We were on a day tour that took us to the Masaya volcano, Lake Apoyo, and the Masaya Market. I'd just spent more than I planned at the Masaya Market, so I was bummed when we got to this ceramics school and I didn't have anymore shopping money left...
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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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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...