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

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Alberto Gutierrez: Nicaragua’s Cliff-Sculpting Hermit

One of my favorite people that I met during my travels in Central America lives in the mountains of Northern Nicaragua.  Alberto Gutierrez is a sweet, talkative, eccentric hermit who has spent the last thirty years creating a series of elaborate stone carvings in the cliffs near his home. He lives on a remote mountainside farm in the Tisey-Estanzuela Natural Reserve. I learned about Alberto … Continue reading Alberto Gutierrez: Nicaragua’s Cliff-Sculpting Hermit

Spanish Classes in Esteli, Nicaragua

Once my friend Sabina left to return to the United States, I had time to focus on one of my major goals for my trip: to learn Spanish. Due to the amount of eager backpackers in the area, Central America is chock full of Spanish schools. These schools offer weekly one-on-one Spanish lessons, often accompanied by homestays and meals with local families. All of this … Continue reading Spanish Classes in Esteli, Nicaragua

The Magic of Miraflor: Part Two

At the end of my last post, Sabina and I had already spent a day and a half in Area Protegida Miraflor, a protected area of high-altitude coffee farms in Northern Nicaragua. We spent our first two nights in a magnificent homestay called Limonaria in a village called El Sontule. We regarded our third day with divided hearts: on the one hand, day three meant … Continue reading The Magic of Miraflor: Part Two

The Magic of Miraflor: Part One

After Leon, our next stop in northern Nicaragua was the Area Protegida Miraflor. Miraflor is a protected mountainous region of coffee farms in northern Nicaragua. The area spans three different climate and ecosystem zones, ranging from dry lowland to cloud forest. Miraflor is also home to an amazing tourism cooperative that arranges homestays, hikes, and daytrips for tourists looking to experience rural Nicaraguan life and the … Continue reading The Magic of Miraflor: Part One