Hakuna Granada: Nicaragua’s Oldest Colonial City

The old colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua sits on the shores of the behemoth Lake Nicaragua, the same lake that houses the splendiferous Isla de Ometepe. Granada and Ometepe seem worlds apart, though: with its pastel colonial buildings and cobbled pedestrian streets, Granada feels like a European city set to a soundtrack of salsa and merengue. Granada is one of the most-visited cities in Nicaragua, … Continue reading Hakuna Granada: Nicaragua’s Oldest Colonial City

The Indescribable Magic of Ometepe

It’s difficult to explain why Isla de Ometepe is so phenomenal. Like many travelers, I can unequivocally say that it was my favorite place I visited in Nicaragua, if not all of Central America. And yet I’ve had an incredibly difficult time writing this blog post because no specific story or picture or experience can possibly embody the reality of Ometepe. The truth of the … Continue reading The Indescribable Magic of Ometepe

San Juan del Sur and the Great Miscommunication

After my unforgettable stint in Peñas Blancas I made the trek to Managua to meet my brother Sam as he arrived in Nicaragua. Sam was joining me on my travels through the country for a week during his spring break. The beginning of our travels together marked one of the greatest miscommunications of my trip. Everything was going smoothly until we arrived at the bus station to … Continue reading San Juan del Sur and the Great Miscommunication

A Life-Altering Swim: Peñas Blancas, Nicaragua

Roughly a month after I started traveling, I was close to finishing an extended period exploring Northern Nicaragua. I had accomplished almost everything I wanted to do in the region. The one experience I was still missing was the one I was most excited about: hiking in the cloud forest. Unfortunately, much of the cloud forest in Central America has been developed into farmland.  Opportunities … Continue reading A Life-Altering Swim: Peñas Blancas, Nicaragua

Swimming through Nicaragua’s Somoto Canyon

The day after I visited Alberto Gutierrez’s eccentric mountainside artwork, I awoke early to set out on my next adventure: visiting the Somoto Canyon in Northern Nicaragua. The Somoto Canyon is a natural formation outside of Somoto, Nicaragua that has only recently become a tourism destination. The canyon consists of a single river running between beautiful, soaring cliffs. The river is deep and runs at … Continue reading Swimming through Nicaragua’s Somoto Canyon