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

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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