Juayua, El Salvador: Mountains, Coffee, Food, and Waterfalls

Hand-paved streets, an endearing main square, and mountain views greeted us as we bounced into Juayua. Juayua (pronounced “Why-You-Uh”) is a small town at the heart of El Salvador’s Ruta de las Flores, a string of quaint, coffee-producing mountain towns. After asking around, we checked into a hostel/coffeehouse hybrid. The front parlor was a chic, minimalist coffeehouse featuring local beans; the back was a charming, … Continue reading Juayua, El Salvador: Mountains, Coffee, Food, and Waterfalls

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

Leon, Nicaragua: Colonial Buildings, Rich Culture, and the Infamous Quesillo

Despite the tone of my last post, Leon, Nicaragua has much more to offer than just volcano boarding. In fact, before I even knew volcano boarding existed I was interested in visiting this colonial, political university town. Leon and its university played an integral role in the country’s relatively recent civil war, and I suspected that visiting Leon would mean diving headfirst into Nicaragua’s culture. … Continue reading Leon, Nicaragua: Colonial Buildings, Rich Culture, and the Infamous Quesillo

Ixcacao Chocolate Tour: A Chocoholic’s Dream in Southern Belize

After five months of living in Punta Gorda, I finally got around to the sweetest PG day trip of all: a tour of Ixcacao Maya Belizean Chocolate’s farm and production facilities. There are quite a few artisan chocolate companies in Belize. It’s not hard to understand why: Belize has some of the most valuable, delicious, and nutritious cacao in the world. And as I described … Continue reading Ixcacao Chocolate Tour: A Chocoholic’s Dream in Southern Belize