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Granada

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Managua

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San Juan del Sur

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Corn Island

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Isla de Ometepe

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León

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Masaya

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Pochomil

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Laguna de Apoyo

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Las Peñitas

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San Carlos

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Matagalpa

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Rivas

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Estelí

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Somoto

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Montelimar

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Catarina

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San Juan de Oriente

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Jinotega

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Boca de Sábalos

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Bluefields

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Tola

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Puerto Momotombo

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Niquinohomo

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Masatepe

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Isla del Maíz Pequeña

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Boaco

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Granada

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  • Good food in a pleasant setting

    Granada Restaurants

    Garden CafeSome of us tried the Garden Café for lunch, and it was very good. The restaurant is in a remodeled colonial house. If you dine inside, there is a cozy room with bookcases lining the walls. We chose the courtyard, with tables surrounding a lush garden. The food was good, and prices were very reasonable ($3-5 will buy lunch.) Lunch is...

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  • Hotel con Corazon

    Granada Hotels

    We stayed here in May 2011, very nice staff, arranged for safe secured parking for our truck and a...

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  • La Merced church

    Granada Things to Do

    La Merced church was originally built in 1539, destroyed several times by pirates and wars, and rebuilt a final time in 1862. There is a statue of Santa Martha with the devil. The devil looks like a baby dragon, and she is standing on its tail. You can climb the tower and get a great view of the city and nearby countryside if you want to go up 62...

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Managua

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  • Protest

    Managua Local Customs

    There is a tent city with 70 inhabitants living in very poor conditions, but they are NOT homeless. They are protesting the use of pesticides in sugar cane fields—around 8,000 people have died from exposure to them. The protesters have been living in this field instead of their own homes for 6 years, and they have made some progress—workers now...

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  • Hotel Casa Naranja

    Managua Hotels

    It felt like staying at Home in Nicaragua. The rooms are nice, very comfortable beds, a great...

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  • The big yellow trees

    Managua Local Customs

    The government is erecting a large number of yellow metal trees along the streets in Managua as a symbol of the city. They are attractive, but Nicaragua isn’t a rich country and each tree costs about $6,000.

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San Juan del Sur

  • Playa La Flor

    San Juan del Sur Off The Beaten Path

    This beach is a nature preserve where you can go and see the sea turtles that come to the beach to lay their eggs. I didn't know much going in, just that our drivers at Casa Ola were going to drive down ahead of us and see if there were actually any turtles to be seen before they bothered to drive us all down there. When they returned 20 minutes or...

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  • Buena Vista Surf Club

    San Juan del Sur Hotels

    Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • A juice bar and coffee shop...

    San Juan del Sur Restaurants

    On our last day in San Juan del Sur, we dropped into this place on Avendida Vanderbilt. The walls are adorned with all manner of cute vintage posters and shelves contain board games and the like...somebody broke out the Connect Four and they had some knock-off Jenga game as well. A lot of character and the staff seem nice. They even played pretty...

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Corn Island

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Isla de Ometepe

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  • From Santa Cruz-...

    Isla de Ometepe Transportation

    On the way back ,I shared taxi with my new friends ,the 2 Canadian girls who did Maderas hike together.From my hotel Iztian (2km. west of Santa Cruz) to Moyogalpa … the taxi cost 20 $.The ferry leave at 11 am. We paid the ferry on board,it was 40 cd. each, cheaper than when we came which was 60 cd.,I don’t know why ,probably there’s no...

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  • Look up and around Maderas and...

    Isla de Ometepe Things to Do

    We sometimes can see the cap cloud or scarf cloud hanging around the summit of Concepcion vocano.I noticed that mostly it’ll appear in the afternoon,in the morning it’s still clear.The cap clouds are formed by upward current of the air ,influence by moist air at lower altitudes,(in this case..it is the humid air from the lake),. causing the air to...

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  • El Ojo de Agua.

    Isla de Ometepe Things to Do

    On the last day on Isla de Ometepe,we and the 2 Canadian girls shared the cost for taxi from hotel back to Moyogalpa.( 20 $)The 2 American guys said goodbye from us at the hotel ,they are going on their way for surfing somewhere.We asked the driver to drop us off at Ojo de Agua ,we’d like to be there for about an hour.The Ojo de Agua = “The eye of...

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León

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  • Out and about nightlife in Leon,...

    León Nightlife

    This place never lets me down the live karaoke, the drink prices even though most of the bars always have a lot drink specials. I always seem to enjoy a nice live karaoke when I'm miles away from home. The laughter, the vibrant lights, the people, the commodity is awesome and I always enjoy my self in the nightlife in Leon, Nicaragua. Its a pretty...

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  • Hotel Los Balcones De Leon

    León Hotels

    Esquina de los Bancos 1C al Este, Leon, 00000, Nicaragua

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

  • Parque Ruben Dario

    León Things to Do

    Along Calle Central, between the cathedral and Ruben Dario museum, is a small plaza like park with memorials to four poets and writers famous in Leon's period of Modernisimo Literature period.

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Masaya

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  • Parque Nacional Volcán Masaya

    Masaya Things to Do

    The Masaya Volcano is very active, but it is currently putting out gas instead of magma. It affects the weather and crops in the area—if they get acid rain at the wrong time, the fruit isn’t edible. Drinking water has to be piped in because the wells have too much iron in them. The road goes up very close to the crater’s rim, and passes great piles...

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  • La Fortaleza Coyotepe

    Masaya Things to Do

    La Fortaleza Coyotepe, with a 360° view of the area, was built in 1893. It was all above ground until 1948, when 3 underground levels were added by Somosa and used for political prisoners. It is said that he occasionally picked up one or two of them and dropped them from a helicopter into the nearby volcano to scare the others. After the fort was...

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  • Horse Cart from the New Market

    Masaya Transportation

    A the New Market near the bus station, one can easily hire at reasonable price a horse cart for the trip to the Malecon or to the Viejo Mercado. The vendors of these carts vary widely in both cart and care of the horse, so consider carefully which cart you choose. The driver will take you to El Malecon and wait while you walk it, then pick you up...

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Pochomil

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  • Strong water currents

    Pochomil Warnings and Dangers

    There can be a quite strong undertow in the sea so be cautious when you swim. When I visited Pochomil in July 2010 the currents felt extra strong. I have read that Pochomil is good for surfing most of the year, but not when I visited. Three surfers staying at the same hotel as me said the currents were too strong at the moment for surfing. And one...

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  • Vistamar Hotel

    Pochomil Hotels

    Had to add a review after seeing the only one on this place and it was not flattering. Our family...

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  • Restaurante El Mirador

    Pochomil Restaurants

    On the beach in Pochomil there are many simple restaurants with thatched roof and the beach as the floor. The restaurant just below Hotel Alta Mar where I was staying is Restaurante El Mirador. I had lunch there and this day in the middle of the week I was the only customer. At the restaurant next door I saw a group of five, otherwise it was empty...

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Laguna de Apoyo

  • Spanish School Apoyo Cultural Center

    Laguna de Apoyo Things to Do

    I had a wonderful time learning Spanish at the Apoyo Cultural Center. Besides learning Spanish I was able to kayak, snorkel, chill out and enjoy the beautiful lake. After spending a week there I went to a partner spanish school in Granada and enjoyed the colonial city. Lovely spot with lots to do including scuba diving.

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  • Apoyo Lodge

    Laguna de Apoyo Hotels

    We arrived here much later than we had hoped and there had been a miscommunication with the booking...

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  • An Afternoon by the Lagoon

    Laguna de Apoyo Things to Do

    There is a breathtaking view of Laguna de Apoyo from Mirador de Catarina. But the lagoon is a beautiful place that has abundant nature (you can spot howling monkeys and lots of birds) so it’s worth taking the time to explore it and enjoy a variety activities, from hiking, diving to kayaking. For hiking it's better to have a guide because most of...

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Las Peñitas

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  • A Day on the Beach

    Las Peñitas Things to Do

    If you would like to escape from the heat of León (some say it’s one of the hottest cities in Nicaragua and spend a day in tranquility on the beach, then Las Peñitas would be the place for you. This gorgeous beach stretches for about 4 km. There are not many tourists who have found this quiet and nice place, so during the week you’ll literally have...

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  • Seashell Necklaces

    Las Peñitas Shopping

    On the weekends and holidays lots of people come to the beach of Las Peñitas, so this makes a good opportunity for locals to earn some extra cordobas, offering drinks and snacks, and children selling seashell necklaces. We made friends with three boys who tried to sell us some of them which they were supposed to made themselves. They sat on the...

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  • A Small Beach Hostel and Restaurant

    Las Peñitas Restaurants

    Several small hotels and restaurants are scattered along the length of the beach of Las Peñitas. Petra suggested Oasis, a small hostel and restaurant, which is located right on the beach, some 200 m before the bus terminal. This long-time surfer favourite has a lazy backpackers vibe. Guests can enjoy a hammock area with a great second-story view of...

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San Carlos

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  • Transport along the Rio San Juan

    San Carlos Transportation

    Passenger boats with powerful outboard motors ply the Rio San Juan, from San Carlos all the way to San Juan de Nicaragua on the Caribbean Sea. Boats stop as needed at various ranchos, but the most important regular stops are Boca de Sabalos and El Castillo, which are about 1 1/2 and 2 hrs down river from San Carlos. Like its name implies, Boca de...

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  • Solentiname Islands--San Fernando, part...

    San Carlos Things to Do

    San Fernando Island has a petroglyph just off the trail to the Mirador El Targon. Wildflowers to be seen along the way. The petroglyph is protected by a roof, as it is located atop a highpoint on the island. There's a good view to the west. On the way back, I watched a ball game.

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  • Solentiname Islands--San Fernando, part...

    San Carlos Things to Do

    The museum and gallery on San Fernando are very small but nice. We actually found the most outstanding collection of balsa wood carvings and oil paintings in the gallery here. While some of the artists do rather rushed work, there are several women who are quite dedicated to the genre of oil painting for which the islands are famous. These really...

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Matagalpa

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  • Snakes

    Matagalpa Warnings and Dangers

    Yep, you heard right. Most of Central America is crawling with snakes. There are some very, very deadly species that inhabit all parts of this lovely department. There is a pit viper species called Castellana. This snake can be very aggressive and is capable of jumping to bite well above the knee also. Locals in the country side say that they...

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  • Cooler environment

    Matagalpa What to Pack

    whatever you normally bring If you plan to hike, bring good shoes; boots if hiking during May, October through January. During these months it is common to have rain and much cooler weather. So, bring a parka and/or sweater. Matagalpa has well equipped pharmacies. Bring what you normally need, but know you should be able to get whatever else you...

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  • Very interesting theatre

    Matagalpa Nightlife

    This is a live, local theatre that often has plays and or live music on the weekends. Talent varies greatly but it is always a cool experience to drop in for a little while and see what's going on. There bar on the main highway about 3 miles before arriving to Matagalpa. I don't remember the name. It has a huge dance floor and on Friday and...

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Rivas

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  • Isla de Ometepe - Rivas - Granada

    Rivas Transportation

    There are a few direct buses every day departing from Merida going to Moyogalpa. I took the bus passing El Porvenir just after 9am. A woman waiting for the same bus as I told me that the lancha/ferry in Moyogalpa usually waited if the bus was late. From El Porvenir to Moyogalpa it took 2 hours and it was 20 cordobas (July 2009). In Moyogalpa the...

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  • San Juan del Sur - Rivas - Isla de...

    Rivas Transportation

    Buses leave San Juan del Sur about every half an hour for Rivas. The bus ride takes 45 minutes and cost 15 cordobas (July 2009). At the bus station in Rivas I asked for a bus to San Jorge, from where the ferries leave for Isla de Ometepe, and was told that there are minibuses passing on the street. Before I had time to cross the street a taxi...

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  • Managua - Rivas - San Juan del Sur

    Rivas Transportation

    I arrived to airport Managua early in the morning. The exchange offices had not opened jet, but I found an ATM in the departure hall. I was approached by a taxi driver who showed his badge and told me he drove an official taxi (with red plates). He wanted to have 16 dollars (July 2009) for driving me to the bus terminal at Roberto Huembes. As the...

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Estelí

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  • Finca Neblina del Bosque in Miraflor

    Estelí Things to Do

    The most beautiful and lovoely farm I have stayed in whole Central america. The farm is owned by a young and simpatic Nicaraguan/German couple how made a big effort to build beautiful bamboo cabins sourrounded by a big flower garden just on the top of a mountain range.All the vegetables and herbs come directly from the garden! There is a opan air...

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  • TAKE A PHOTO OF ME

    Estelí Local Customs

    When the bus stopped in some small town a man wanted me to take a photo of him, but when I did he covered his face with the bag full of oranges. I am shy taking photos of local people and this way had a chance to have some of them.

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  • BY BUS FROM GRANADA VIA MANAGUA

    Estelí Transportation

    I took microbus from Granada to Managua and paid little less than $1. From the bus station in Managua I had to take a taxi to the station where buses to Estelí leave and had the usual fight with the taxi drivers. I try to be understanding, because they need to get their money for living, but I hate it when three drivers pull (literally) me towards...

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Somoto

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  • Cross border to Honduras at Los Manos

    Somoto Transportation

    This tip is about the border crossing process. I wrote this on "transportation tip" because it's the continuous story from the previous transportation post.And it's about moving from place to place anyway, but this time by our feet. We walked to a cabin that people were queuing up ,there were already many people there ..about 20 .There were 2 lines...

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  • From Somoto to border crossing Los Manos

    Somoto Transportation

    (part 2) I didn’t sleep well the night before leaving Somoto because there’s some very loud party around 3 am. I didn’t went out of bed to look but it sounded like the parade was moving from some where else and past through Somoto.There were cheerful sound of people , music and fireworks.It would be nice if this happened at least before midnight so...

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  • From Somoto to border crossing Los Manos

    Somoto Transportation

    From Somoto to border crossing at Los Manos...(part 1)I choose to cross border here to go to Tegucigalpa.I didn’t choose El Espino crossing even it’ s only about 16 km. from Somoto but I chose Los Manos because there should be more bus going there more frequent.And same reason for Honduras side ,there should be more bus too.I think this route is...

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