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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.
San Rafael del Sur | casa con vista al mar
- 03/04/2015 10:25 pm
- Beachfront Homes and Lots
|Location:||San Rafael del Sur|
|Price/m2 of land||$128.57|
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|Lot Size in m2:||700|
|Benefits:||Near School, Near Transit, Ocean View, Ocean Waterfront, Plane, Water system, Electrïcity, Easy Acces|
San Rafael del Sur Masachapa. In front of the Hotel la Bahia, oceanfront house, three bedrooms, ample kitchen, 2 terraces, 700 meters square, perimetral wall, parking for 5 vehicles.
I know this house fairly well, having inspected it when I represented a prospective buyer who was thinking of making the investment in this property. It has a great location; it is right in-between Pochomil and Masachapa, within walking distance of several hotels, bars, restaurants and other nightlife, surfing, horseback riding, fishing, etc.
It also needs a somewhat substantial amount of work! Hey, do you see that last photo of the nice yellow and green oceanfront patio deck? It is actually for the house next door, which is called Casa Ayers. This is part of our “surf and turf” package where we pick you up at the airport, overnight at the Farmstay, and then the next day we help you exchange money, buy groceries, and set you up for a week or two at the beach. Then, at the end of your time, we come and pick you up, stay with us one more night (if necessary) and then get you to the airport ontime for your departure.
I’ll be setting up this package vacation deal more formally soon, but until then, if interested, write us at inquiries (at sign) elportonverde.com for details!
A Chinese-financed shipping canal in the works to connect Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast to the Caribbean would dwarf Panama’s famous waterway. But while Nicaraguan officials say the project will create much-needed jobs, human rights advocates and environmental groups are protesting the construction. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the controversy.
read the rest here-> Mega canal project threatens to uproot Nicaragua’s farmers.
You gotta love the faux-concern in Judy Woodruff’s voice here as she introduces the topic of the Nicaraguan Interoceanic Canal as being soooo “controversial.” Not to say she’s not correct in that the canal is getting people excited, both positively and negatively, but let’s make sure we understand that PBS Newshour has an agenda and a viewpoint here, okay?
With that in mind, this is a balanced piece of reporting IMO, although like many news reports on the canal, certain conclusions have already been drawn before a real environmental and social impact report has been released. Specifically, when you hear someone say that the environmental damage will be so terrible and the financing so suspect, you can’t really say one way or another about these subjects yet since the formal reports have not been released and that funding will only come after the environmental and other feasibility studies are released and thoroughly studied by the parties involved.
So it is a bit of a cart before the horse situation here. Now once the reports are released, it is open season against HKND unless there is a clear committment to mitigation of any environmental damages that will be proven by a large part of the budget being committed to repairing any damages and engineering solutions to prevent extensive harm being caused by the building and running of the canal assuming it ever goes into operation.
8. Re: HELP! Need a Guide for a Day in Managua
Apr 20, 2015, 11:23 AM
Just wanted to report back and let everyone know how my experience was! My husband and I hired Mike from El Porton Verde to guide us around Managua and we had an absolutely wonderful time! We visited the Masaya volcano, the artisan’s market, the Plaza de la Revolucion, the Coyotepe fortification, and some great scenic views. His price was wonderful and we had a great time spending the day with him and enjoying the city. Seeing an active volcano up close was an awesome experience and was the highlight of our trip. We definitely plan on returning Thanks again Mike!
The story linked-to above mentions 10 projects but I see 54! Here is the list of Nicaraguan projects.
This is definitely something new in the world of fundraising for projects, and though Kickstarter has been around for a few years now (since 2009) there are still lots of people who are not familiar with the concept. I think it is best put on the actual Kickstarter website:
1. Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.
We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since our launch in 2009, 8.4 million people have pledged more than $1.7 billion, funding 83,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.
2. Each project is independently created.
The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects. Kickstarter is a platform and a resource; we’re not involved in the development of the projects themselves. Anyone can launch a project on Kickstarter as long as it follows our rules.
3. Together, creators and backers make projects happen.
Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. All-or-nothing funding might seem scary, but it’s amazingly effective in creating momentum and rallying people around an idea. To date, an impressive 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.
Read the rest of how Kickstarter works here: https://www.kickstarter.com/hello
This is a very “light” article as in light in actual facts and real plans, so read this as pure speculation at this point, but the idea proposed is to start a new Nicaraguan national airline using Russian jets. Nicaragua currently has only one national airline, La Costeña, and one can only hope that if there was some competition to the current routes that would help keep prices down and services up?
ARE THE RUSSIANS COMING?
As a Nicaraguan Insider, I would say don’t take this proposal very seriously right now, but it is a data point for those following the relations between Russia and Nicaragua as well as a possible good thing for tourism in Nicaragua. I’m not sure how many Russian tourists come to this country, but I can’t imagine it being a very large number.
It seems this new airline would rely on the current set of visitors to the country instead of opening up a new market of Russian visitors. As has been written in opinion pieces in the Nicaragua Dispatch, Nicaragua needs new friends but I don’t believe that Russians represent any great number of new visitors to Nicaragua.
A little Nicaraguan aviation history
In addition to La Costeña, according to the Managua airport Wikipedia page, there used to exist an airline called LANICA that stopped functioning in 1981 and its assets ended up with another short-lived airline AERONICA which shut down in 1992, only then to be yet again resurrected again as NICA which terminated all operations in 2004, so its been awhile!