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

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

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

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

Waterfalls, Canyons, and Castles in Rio Dulce, Guatemala

The town of Rio Dulce, Guatemala, is often only a transit stop for backpackers traveling up the Rio Dulce River to the port town of Livingston. I had a few days to kill in the area, though, and was thrilled to find that the town has a handful of attractions that are well worth the stop. The Hot Spring Waterfall Yeah, you read that right: … Continue reading Waterfalls, Canyons, and Castles in Rio Dulce, Guatemala