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
One of our days in Granada, Nicaragua, Randi and I left the city for a daytrip to Volcan Mombacho. Mombacho is an inactive volcano that is home to coffee farms and cloud forests. Our day started out by shamelessly embracing our tourist status and going ziplining over a coffee farm halfway up the volcano. We only realized once we arrived that we had purchased tickets … Continue reading Mombacho Volcano: Nicaragua’s Greatest Rip-off?
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
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
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