Nicaragua kicks ass. It’s that simple. It has the natural beauty and diversity of Costa Rica, but without the blown-out tourism, high cost of living and thieving d-bags. That’s just my opinion, of course. But hey, this is my blog.
My trip was awesome, and here are some photos so you can enjoy it vicariously. They’re even ordered chronologically for your convenience. I’m cool like that.
León is a cool town, traditionally liberal, and a historic rival of more conservative and wealthy Granada to the South. This was a Sandinista stronghold during the civil war, and it still shows.
Little beach town about a half-hour from León. I came down here for a couple days to get a little chill time and sand.
Beautiful town up in the mountains, famous for resistance during the civil war, land reforms after the Sandinistas took over, great coffee and some of the world’s best cigars. It’s very progressive, artsy, and cool as hell.
This is an area up in the mountains near Estelí where a lot of the land reforms took place. Lots of subsistence farming goes on, and it’s straight up beautiful. I stayed with a very nice family and did a tour by horseback with some other backpacker tourists.
The more conservative and wealthy counterpart to León. Pretty town, pretty touristy, but the gateway to Ometepe and the Rió San Juan by ferry. Other than getting raided by pirates on a regular basis back in the day, Granada has a history of prosperity.
Ometepe is a volcanic island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. It’s a great place to chill out and hike, which is what I did. I also meditated a lot and slept like ten hours a day. Good times.
Rió San Juan and El Castillo
Down on the border with Costa Rica, this area has some interesting history and beautiful jungle.
Just north of San Juan del Sur, this is a great place to get some super chill beach time. There’s a great shack eatery on the north end of the beach, run by a woman named Martha, who is both an awesome person and a great cook. If you make it down there, tell her I said hi.