Politics notwithstanding (still in the grips of the Daniel Ortega dictatorship), Central America's largest country is on its way to becoming one of the next hot eco-tourism destinations, with unspoiled coffee country, beaches, volcanoes, colonial cities like Granada and León, and friendly people.

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Bluefields/Corn Island cited in '12 Top Destinations for African-Diaspora Travel'

  Welcome to February! Since 1970, it's also been Black History Month in the USA, and since 1995 in Canada, as well (whereas it's observed in October in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands). And though the reason for the African diaspora was tragic and horrific - the brutal, centuries-long trafficking of human slaves - it has also enriched many parts of the world, and indeed, world culture as a whole. So what better way to kick BHM off than with a look at a dozen of the most…

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Why capital Managua is very much worth a visit

             In recent years, Central America has become a major destination for adventure and ecotourism, beaches, and culture, and lately the star of its largest country Nicaragua, has been on the rise - the bad old days of post-earthquake trauma (1970s) and civil war (1980s) long behind it. These days stable and in fact considered by many the region's safest country, it offers a mostly tropical climate and extraordinary (not to mention wallet-friendly) menu of options appealing to a wide…

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Granada/León cited in '4 Excellent Easter Spots in Latin America'

 Unlike as is increasingly the case with Christmas, in Ibero-America Semana Santa (Holy Week, aka Easter week and the last week of Lent), going on right now, is still an almost exclusively religious observance, largely sans the Anglo-Saxon-style Easter-egg rolls, el conejito de Pascua(the Easter bunny), and such (except perhaps for some supermarket promotions). But it is still very much an occasion for ostentatious pomp and spectacle in practically every Latin country, just as it is in many…

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6 awesome volcanoes of Nicaragua

Volcanoes – there’s something just incredibly compelling about them and the primal forces they represent, isn’t there? The western side of Central America‘s most volcanic country is lined with some 18, both extinct and active – in fact, one of Nicaragua‘s nicknames is “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes”. Several of these make great hikes (and in a couple of cases, you can practically drive right up to them). I’ve been privileged have spent years exploring them as well as running a tour…

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  • A San Diego travel blogger named Alexa Meisler has a pretty exhaustively detailed list of 52 cool things to do in Nicaragua - updated just over a month ago - and though I don't agree with all of them, it's very much worth a read: https://52perfectdays.com/central-america/52-reasons-to-visit-nicar...
    50+ Amazing Things to do in Nicaragua
    52 Best Things to do in Nicaragua including hikes, beaches, top cities, and food you must try. Ultimate guide to Nicaragua.
  • Not too many people know the Corn Islands off Nica's Caribbean coast, but they're a pair of ramshackle little specks inhabited mostly by black Nicaraguans, descendants of migrants generations ago from islands like Jamaica and St. Lucia. I visited here way back around 2006, and so I was interested to see a travel vlogger named Matt Kramer did a video about the Corns about a year ago which pretty much captures their paradisical feel - and it sure looks like they haven't changed much since my visit! They're still very much a bare-bones, budget kind of destination; if you need anything beyond basic, your options here are very limited. Anyway, have a look: https://youtu.be/TLCjbtwN06Q
  • I was wondering how all the recent civil unrest and the Ortega régime's crackdown has affected the visitor experience and safety. Here's the recent take of the Bali-based team of TheBrokeBackpacker.com: https://www.thebrokebackpacker.com/is-nicaragua-safe/
  • Tarpon Fishing tournament is on September 14 & 15, 2011 Down here in the Rio San Juan, Nicaragua. We will be given a 20% discount to Expat from San Juan del Sur, bring your group, bring your boat or rent one of ours, In your boat you cross lake Nicaragua from La Virgen strait to the San Juan River. By car is now only 4 hours from Managua. www.montecristoriverlodge.com


    Hotel Montecristo Tarpon fishing, Rio San Juan Nicaragua
    Afordable Hotel 2020 Tarpon fishing packages and tours at Montecristo lodge "La Casa de los Llanes" Fishing package at $390.00 for 3 night 2 fishing…
  • Gracias Leon! I definitely plan to explore Leon and Nicaragua sometime--soon I hope! Please keep in touch. Saludos desde Taos, Nuevo Mexico EEUU.
  • Anyone planning a visit to Nicaragua, please drop me a line. Specifically the Department of Leon. I can point you in the right direction as far as places to visit, places to eat and tours that you'll really enjoy.
  • We all love San Juan del Sur! I'll ask around for a suggestion for January and February.
  • Looking for a reasonable winter rental

    We are looking for place to spend Jan.-Feb. Expat community or typically local environment. Ideally, a property we can take care of in exchange for reduced rent, but all offers welcome.
  • Catch "Survivor" fever Nicaragua-style with Tripatini's David Paul Appell in San Juan del Sur!
  • You can contact INTUR or visit their web site at:http://www.intur.gob.ni/ and this is their contact form: http://www.intur.gob.ni/contactos.php
    I could not find the english forms though!
    Have fun in Nicaragua and if you have a chance, visit us at Hacienda Puerta del Cielo Eco Spa
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