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Parque Santa Julia, Semaforos Familiar 1 1/2 cuadra al sur, Matagalpa, Nicaragua
We visited a special playground designed for children with disabilities run by Familias Especiales. It's the only playground of its kind in Nicaragua.
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Costado norte del Parque Darío 1 cuadra al este y 20 varas al norte, Matagalpa 61000, Nicaragua
We did a guided hike with Matagalpa Tours to Cerro Apante. Our guide pointed out a female golden orb spider and told us she spins a web so strong that people used to use it as fishing line. The male is only a fraction of her size and mates with...
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Granada, Nicaragua
An excellent place to sample Nicaragua’s traditional cuisine is the colonial city of Granada. Here, the streets are lined with lively restaurants dishing up local specialties like vigoron (a spicy marinated cabbage salad with boiled yucca and...
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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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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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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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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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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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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Hike to Jesus
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Esteli, Nicaragua
Wandering around the town of esteli, you can find some great street art.
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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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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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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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Diriomo, Nicaragua
For over 100 years, this confectionery has been cooking up their original caramel recipe for generations of Nicaraguans. Cajeta means "little box" in Spanish. You'll find many orange cajetas to choose from; these heavenly delights come in the...
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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The wealthy, children, and beautiful virgins of centuries past were often chosen to face Masaya - a complex volcano comprised of two volcanos and five craters - head on. Indigenous peoples sacrificed these chosen few in hopes that a hag deity who...
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Nicaragua
Masaya Volcano National Park is an impressive display of some of the Earth's most powerful and fascinating elements. We had a driver take us from San Juan Del Sur to Masaya for the day, and arrived at the Volcano mid-day. Be sure to stop at the...
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Av Central, León, Nicaragua
After volcano boarding at the Cerro Negro, I headed over near the cathedral for some delicious street food. All kinds of meats, grilled vegetables, along with local favorites like gallo pinto, fried plantains and cheese provided a deliciously...
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Central America
When we went to Costa Rica, we went to a farm called Finca La Bella. There we went on a coffee plantation. The guy explained everything to how it was "born" to how it was exported. On the farm there was sort of like a coffee shop where they made...
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Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
While indigenous tribes once called it “Colcibolca,” and Spanish conquerers called it, “The Sweet Sea,” on the afternoon of my first crossing, its freshwater turned a bitter cheek. The sturdier ferry wouldn’t cross for two hours, so I climbed...
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Pro surfer Holly Beck introduced surfing to this friendly agrarian community in Northern Nicaragua. One of the highlights of my week-long stay with her camp (other than her expert surf instruction) was when the cattle hands would move their herds...