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

alberto gutierrez nicaragua stone carving hermit

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

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