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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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!
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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