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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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Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua
Miramar is a stretch of beach on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, about an hour's drive from Managua. It's one of the least frequented beaches - you definitely won't find the tourist crowds that you do at San Juan del Sur, but you won't find many...
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Central America
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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Central America
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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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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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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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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Tuma-La Dalia, Nicaragua
Unless you rent a car, arriving at La Sombra Ecolodge way up in the mountains of Matagalpa requires a couple of rides in packed chicken buses followed by 45 minutes in a bouncy cab along a semi-paved road. But just look at this little, green guy -...
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Managua 12001, Nicaragua
I had a day to explore Managua and one of my favorite spots was the "Concha Acustica" with its bright Sandinista sunshine and immense plaza. All of the historic buildings - the cathedral, the National Palace, etc - were closed for some undisclosed...
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Central America
Located on the more remote, northern side of Little Corn, Ensueños (literally "in dreams") is a magical place that begs you to slow down, relax, and let your worries float off into turquoise blue sea or drift off with the breeze. Bring a good book...
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Apoyo Lagoon, Nicaragua
When I hear the word lagoon, I dont envision it being a place Im going to want to swim. Laguna de Apoyo, located between the cities of Masaya and Granada, completely changed my mind. This warm, fresh water lagoon (actually the size of a lake) with...
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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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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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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
Climb up the church bell tower for $20 cords (about $1 dollar) and get an amazing view of this city
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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...