read the rest at–> Nicaragua: Two Coastlines and Way More Than Twice the Fun – WSJ.
At this point, a standard-issue story on traveling to Nicaragua must include at least one of two things:
And this story from the Wall Street Journal certainly hits on both of these items, so kudos to the author, Polya Lesova as she nails both! From her extensive biography and finance & markets background, it might appear at first glance she’s not too well utilized by the WSJ, where she appears to be doing mostly travel & leisure type stories. I did find this to be a decent, if rather bland account of her “adventures.”
Of course no issues with the author at all, I just wish that Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Washington Post, etc. start doing stories on some of the real adventure travel opportunities to be found in Nicaragua. Going to San Juan del Sur and Granada is going to see the most popular and tourist-friendly places to visit in Nicaragua.
So that’s all well and good, but we’ve seen and read that story for a few years now as Nicaragua has definitely become a place to put on your wishlist as word gets out. So without trying to bite the hand so-to-speak, maybe a little nibbling suggestion might be appropriate?
Of course for most first-time visitors, it is indeed an adventure to just buy a plane ticket to Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport. Especially if you have limited to no Spanish skills, the sites and sounds of SJdS and Granada are probably all the adventure one might be on the lookout for one that first trip.
Since there have been many many similar stories to this one by Ms. Lesova, I would like to see the editors of some of these media publications broaden their perspectives and send someone out to do a bit more of a true adventure travel piece. Write a story on taking the trip to Corn Island the long, slow way taking buses, pangas, and ferries. Get deep into the forest at the Rio San Juan. Visit the Pearl Cays and sleep in the huts of the Rama peoples of the Caribbean. Do a quite challenging hiking in the backcountry, discovering new waterfalls near San Ramon. You get the idea. True adventure travel please.