Nicaragua was my big trip of 2018, and from there I brought hundreds of photographs. I couldn’t resist pulling the camera around every corner I crossed, every city I visited.
From Managua to Granada, from León to San Juan Del Sur, with a visit to Ometepe. A trip made in three weeks here reported with the best pictures.
It was the first sunrise in Nicaragua and the most striking one, as it could not be otherwise. I love the early dawn when I come to a new country. It’s a feeling of novelty and expectation of what the day and the journey will bring.
Traveling along Nicaraguan roads, especially outside large cities, we often encounter cattle, free or driven by men or young men.
What about the food in Nicaragua?… Brilliant! Gallo Pinto (rice and beans) is a presence in any meal, even at breakfast. Eggs, tortillas, fried plantain, chicken and meat, are always good bets.
I was a fan of this breakfast in a restaurant called Dona Haydee’s Cocina in Managua. In such a way that it was my last stop before going to the airport and returning home.
Laguna de Apoyo
The Laguna de Apoyo. Neither more nor less than a large lagoon inside the crater of a volcano. Water heated by underwater smokers, surrounded by incredible green. To access the water, you will have to do it by one of the hotels that fill the lagoon shore. Even if you don’t want to stay, you can do as I did and pay daily admission. It gives access to the bathing area and bar, and you can also take a kayak to navigate those beautiful waters.
Granada is one of the main cities of Nicaragua. Its colonial charm lives on the streets and buildings. The colors are intense, such as the presence of Christianity represented by the old churches — the most emblematic being the beautiful Cathedral of Granada — that stretch high into the sky.
There’re many scenarios worthy of a postcard, so go and discover the city on foot. Don’t miss the climb to the bell tower of La Merced Church. The view is unbelievable!
From Pochomil, Gran Pacifica and Miramar, the beaches offer excellent conditions for surfing or just to enjoy the beach. If you want to escape the confusion of San Juan Del Sur, these are great bets.
Bathed in the Pacific, the coastal villages of Nicaragua make their way to life. Around here, the days are made of tides, the departure, and arrival of boats, the sale of fish and small restaurants where you can have a great meal at very low prices. Escape the tourist restaurants and look for these small villages to feel the local experience and eat the best fish and seafood of the trip.
Nicaraguans are incredible people! Always well disposed, humble, ready for good conversation. It’s worth stopping and getting to know them.
The Cathedral of León is one of the most outstanding buildings of what was once the capital of the country. Widely known for its white-domed terrace, this building is just one of the 16 prayer sites scattered throughout the city.
But León isn’t just churches. It’s worth discovering the streets, restaurants, bars, and shops. Be sure to also admire the street art that adorns some sites.
The bus network in Nicaragua is vast, covering much of the country and especially the main cities. I personally prefer to rent a car as I like to have mobility and set my own routes and schedules. How else could I venture into a dry lake like this?…
Only two of the dozens of photographs I took of the incredible trees and shrubs I found along the way. Never stop enjoying the scenery wherever you go!
Since the beginning of 2018 Nicaragua has experienced moments of internal upheaval with popular demonstrations against the current government. During this trip, I experienced quite some tense episodes, but fortunately, at no time did I feel genuinely at risk.
San Juan Del Sur
San Juan Del Sur is the ideal destination if you are looking for a relaxed village with good restaurants and plenty of commerce, feeling the spirit of travelers and wave lovers. The Cristo de La Misericordia lurks from the top of a mountain seeming to bless this piece of coast.
The TreeCasa Resort was one of my favorite lodgings in Nicaragua. In San Juan Del Sur, out of the confusion and set in the middle of the forest, is this hotel that stands out for the bungalows in the trees and an outstanding pool. Check out the article I wrote to learn more about this paradise.
And what about these beaches of the coast that extends to the border with Costa Rica. Unbelievable!
Another of my favorite stays in San Juan Del Sur: the Maderas Village. Close to the beach of Maderas, this accommodation is the perfect getaway for those who enjoy quiet and tasty meals in the company of other travelers. Get ready to share experiences and learn about other parts of the world. Of course, there is no shortage of surf and a dream space for yoga sessions.
Have I told you that all over Nicaragua there are wandering horses? Whether owned by someone or wild, you can count on their presence in the most incredible places.
One of the most amazing sites I visited was the island of Ometepe, right in the center of Lake Nicaragua. Impressive for its two twin volcanoes — Volcán Concepción and Volcán Maderas —, in the center of the island you’ll find a real gem: Ojo de Agua.
This paradise of greens offers a pool of natural waters, whose freshness is the remedy for the high temperatures that sometimes make themselves felt in the country.
My last stop to close this trip with a golden key. The Hacienda Iguana is a luxury condo next to Playa de Colorado, one of the best surf spots in the country. Unfortunately, to go there, we have to book a stay, the only access possible. Everything would be perfect, other than the slightly over-budget values that are charged. At least for my wallet. But if at the end of the trip there is a little money, it’s worth the investment. After all, it’s not every day that we can bathe in the pool watching the surf.
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