Transportation to Granada: Late flight to MGA, best way to get to Granada at midnight? – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

elportonverde Managua, Nicaragua Level Contributor 739 posts 22 reviews

4. Re: Late flight to MGA, best way to get to Granada at midnight? Feb 03, 2016, 1:09 PM

Greetings Amen9: You are saying things that aren’t so, it would be nice for the readers of this forum to know why…of course I already know why! Anyway…

 

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to clarify for you and the readers El Porton Verde’s location and ambiance.

 

We are at 1,000 feet elevation so the nights are always cool. Views of two volcanoes, forested hills and plains. On a working eight acre farm full of fruit trees, plantains, bananas, pineapples, etc. Location is 10 minutes to a fancy Managua shopping mall, five minutes to the best hospital, 15 minutes to Masaya Volcano, 20 minutes to the town of Masaya, 25 minutes to MGA.

 

We are less than an hour from 4 of the top 10 things to do in Nicaragua. And none of those places are in the city of Managua!

 

Plus, Managua has improved considerably and there are world-class things to do and see in the city now. So thanks for asking! Take a look at my website and you’ll see I’m not stuck anywhere. We already know you have a hidden vested interest in promoting Granada. (Speaking of stuck!)

 

Just because you don’t like to hear that there are really nice options besides just going straightaway to Granada doen’t mean that they don’t exist. At least I am transparent with the readers of this forum. It’d be nice if you did the same…have a great day!

 

Mike @ El Portón Verde, Managua

Source: Late flight to MGA, best way to get to Granada at midnight? – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

Either way is cool, but ask yourself, do you want to wake up to this:

Transportation to Granada

Panoramic view from the porch of El Portón Verde

Or this for your first morning in Nicaragua, your choice!

Late flight to MGA

Expat central, La Calzada, Granada at night

Avid Birdwatchers See 45 Species in and around El Portón Verde!

Birdwatchers Rule! Big-Time Birdwatching at El Portón Verde and El Chocoyero

Hi dear reader(s) and birdwatchers:

EPV recently hosted a very lovely couple, John and Bonnie, who came to us from Minnesota and are active & avid birdwatchers! They stayed with us, as do many of our visitors, on their first and last nights (2 nights at first, fthen three nights at the end) in Nicaragua. I wanted to share some photos and videos of them enjoying their fantastic hobby of birdwatching.

Usually when we go to Chocoyero/El Brujo Natural Reserve, the hike to the falls is only 15 or 20 minutes but not so in this case; it took the better part of an hour! And why? Because we were seeing so many bird and butterfly species that it took longer to walk the kilometer or so from the Visitor Center to the El Chocoyero Waterfall.

We also had an excellent guide, which of course helps as he knows the local birds and has a keen eye for seeing them!

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Waterfall and cliff face with hundreds of Pacific Parrots nesting.

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El Chocoyero Nature Reserve

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Partial List of Birds found at El Portón Verde

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More birds, including those found at El Chocoyero and Masaya Volcano National Park

birdwatching El Portón Verde

Our visitors, avid birdwatchers, enjoyed their visit to see El Chocoyero

 

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El Chocoyero Nature Reserve, Ticuantepe

More on Avid Birdwatchers

I hope you enjoyed this post about Avid Birdwatchers and if you are an avid birdwatcher, please consider coming to stay with us so you can add to our list!

From Wikipedia:

Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve (Spanish: Reserva Natural El Chocoyero-El Brujo) is located in the municipality of Ticuantepe in the Managua department of Nicaragua. Chocoyero-El Brujo is one of 78 protected areas in Nicaragua, and at just 455 acres (1.8 km2) this tropical forest is one of the smallest in size. Chocoyero-El Brujo was declared a natural reserve in 1993 is managed by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA).[1]

More at the link!

 

Tips for Finding a Short-Term Rental in Nicaragua

Finding a good Rental in Nicaragua: How to rent a house or apartment in Nicaragua without paying the “Gringo” price

Are you thinking of coming down to Nicaragua for a few months? Is a house or apartment Rental in Nicaragua in your future? This article will help you make sense of how rentals work in Nicaragua and give you some tips on what you can do prior to coming down in person and what you can do when you finally arrive in-country. The goal is to ensure that you are paying the going rate, not an overly-inflated “gringo price.”

If you look like something like the Cobb family below and start asking about real estate prices, you won’t get the best prices. (Of course, Mike Cobb runs the Gran Pacifica resort and residential development so he and his lovely family don’t have this as a challenge!)

Cobb Family Enjoying Nicargua. Copyright mikesgringolife.com

Cobb Family Enjoying Nicargua. Copyright mikesgringolife.com

Would you like to rent a place for the majority of the time you’ll be staying in Nicaragua instead of moving around from town to town? That’s a great idea as you’ll really get to know the area and will be able to get a better feel for living in Nicaragua as opposed to just visiting as a tourist. This is also an excellent step to take if you are seriously considering relocation here.

As you might imagine, visiting a place on vacation is different than living here. Even if it’s just for a winter or a summer, renting a place for say three months will give you lots of insight as to what it’s really like to live here. There’s not doubt that this step will give you plenty of opportunity to have the sorts of experiences that separate the wannabees from the folks with true expatriate abilities and suitability. Not everyone is cut out for expat life!

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Expat central, La Calzada, Granada at night

If you are back home scouring the Internet, you’re not likely to see too many bargains, and some of the listings probably don’t even show photos, so it might be a bit difficult to judge whether or not a place looks suitable for your needs. Sure you can look at encuentra24.com for some decent listings, but even so, very few rentals in Nicaragua are listed on the Internet. The standard advice is to come down to Nicaragua and, if you have an idea already as to where you would like to live, go there.

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This could be yours for $1,200 a week! Think you can do better? Let’s hope so…

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Sometimes advertisements don’t have any photos!

If you’ve never been to Nicaragua and don’t have any specific place in mind that you would like to live, then you have some basic homework to do, which mostly consists doing your research. (Check out this article by Darrell Bushnell for help on Where to Live in Nicaragua?) If you haven’t already, consider going around the country and seeing the main towns and villages. You need to find out if you really are a beach person, city person, country person, etc. and only by moving around frequently can you figure that part out.

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Lots of options, especially if you speak Spanish and want to integrate with Nicaraguan culture and peoples.

For purposes of this article, let’s assume you have decided on a place you like. Once you are in your location, take a room at a cheap hostel or rent a room in a private house for a week or so. For your short-term housing, in addition to the usual sources of information like TripAdvisor for reviews of your lodging options, you might also look at airbnb.com which offers excellent social content in the form of reviews from past guests. You might also try the Nicaragua craigslist.

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You can at least get an idea as to the prices you see on the Internet for places in Nicaragua on the local Craigslist website.

Now that you have your place for the week, here is some advice and tips to help you find a couple of possibly good places for you to rent:

  • Hit the streets!
    Walk the streets of the town, or hire a driver if you are looking for somewhere out in the country or outside of the town or village and look around.
  • Bring a person to translate for you if your Spanish is not up to snuff.

Tip: Don’t just talk to other foreign expats. Get out and talk to Nicaraguans. If you find this step to be uncomfortable, then you may not be ready for expat life. Word.

  • If you find a neighborhood you like, walk the streets. If you see someone sweeping the sidewalk or coming in/out of the front of their house, stop and ask them if they know of a anyplace for rent in the area.
  • Talk to your host or landlord of your short term lodging. Tell them what you’re looking for, they might be of some help. But if they are fellow expats, just be aware that they may only know of places for rent that are owned by other expats, so you might be paying “gringo prices.” Also, they may want you to rent one of their properties, even if it isn’t suitable for you.
    However, since your host or landlord obviously already lives in the area, and if you like the general vicinity, he or she may be uniquely situated to be well-informed as to what is available in the neighborhood.
  • Don’t talk to a realtor, real estate agent, or property management company unless paying the gringo price is what you want. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen prices doubled and sometimes tripled when you go this route.
    Realtors and agents, this is just my opinion and everybody needs to make a living, so feel free to chime in here to let us know why your services are so valued. Comments are welcome!

Now that you have a couple-three places identified, here are some more tips:

  • Walk the area at different times of day and different days of the week. You might find the place quiet on a Sunday afternoon but Friday night might be a whole different story!
  • Hire a Nicaraguan to go and scope out the rental(s) for you.

Note: You may also have to hire a translator for this part if your Spanish isn’t up to snuff. If they are one and the same, all the better! We’ll call this person your helper.

  • Show your helper the places in which you are interested. Let him or her know where the places are located that you want to look into, (maybe do a drive-by first to familiarize your guy/gal with the area) and ask them to go to the locations later, preferably on foot, and make phone calls and knock on doors.
  • Helper goes alone and asks questions. When your helper gets ahold of the owners/landlords, have them ask about the availability, the price, terms, and what the neighbors are like.
  • Helper reports back their findings. Schedule a meeting later that day or the next day so that your helper can tell you what they found. Take notes!

These steps can be very helpful in that you will find out what the “real” rental price is, and a local will be better equipped to find out the real deal with both the specific location and the larger neighborhood.

For example, it’s good to find out ahead of time:

  • If there is an evangelical church nearby, there will be lots of loud singing and music several evenings a week in addition to Sundays.

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    A village evangelical church near Merida on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua. 
    © Uncorneredmarket.com, 2009

  • If there is a “cantina” “taverna” or bar in the area, there will be music at night, especially on weekends, and probably drunks staggering about and possibly peeing in your front yard.

    Rental in Nicaragua

    Bars get full and rowdy, especially during big football (soccer) matches.

Once you get this “inside scoop” information, you’ll be in a much better place to make an informed decision. Good luck finding the perfect Rental in Nicaragua for you and your family! Please add any of your tips or comments below.

Masaya Artisan’s Market

Visiting the Artisan’s Market in Masayamercadoartisanal_masaya

The Artisan’s Market (in Spanish the Mercado de Artesanias) is a must-see for folks visiting Nicaragua. It has the best selection of handmade goods that represent some of the handicrafts and skilled trades that have been in effect in Nicaragua for hundreds if not more years. Here’s how wikipedia describes the market:

The Mercardo de Artesanias (Craft Market) is located inside what used to be the “mercado viejo” (old market), a 1900s structure that is located near the center of the city and a couple of blocks away from the general population market. This market has been revitalized and set as a tourist spot, where crafts from Masaya and other areas of Nicaragua can be found.

Especially when combined with a visit to the Masaya Volcano National Park, seeing the town of Masaya itself is a treat. Unlike more touristed spots like Granada, the horse-drawn carriages in Masaya are used in daily life, as just an alternative to a traditional taxi, not a $20 ride around town like they are in Granada.

If you are in need of buying some souvenirs to take back to your friends and family back home, going to the Artisan’s Market is your best bet hands down. You will find crafts and works of art. What types of goods can be found here? Let’s see:

  • Pottery
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      Pedro Guerrero, San Juan de Oriente

      Although the best ceramics are found by going to visit an actual ceramics artist in the nearby Pueblos Blancos village of San Juan de Oriente

  • Weaving, especially Hammocks
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    hammock in Masaya

    • These are made right here in Masaya, if you go on tour with El Porton Verde, we’ll actually take you by “Hammock Alley” where the artisan families live, work, and have some small shops. You can buy the hammocks much cheaper in Hammock Alley.
  • Woodcrafts
    Wooden bowl, Masaya

    Wooden bowl, Masaya

    • The elegant salad bowls and fruit bowls made with one large piece of wood are especially lovely. A great gift for a wedding or anniversary.
  • Crafts and Clothing
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    Crafts in Masaya

    • Some handmade clothes can be found; especially nice and unique are the girls dresses and Guayabera shirts for men.
  • Jewelry
    Jewelry in Masaya

    Jewelry in Masaya

    • While there are some inexpensive pieces made of wood, seeds and shells and things like that, there are also a couple of stores that offer very fine silver pieces with stones such as turquoise.
  • Art and Paintingspaintings_masaya_sm
    • There are lots of local painters who exhibit their pieces here. I DO NOT like the school of art that someone invented here, which is various paintings of people sitting on a toilet! Haha…
      Not my favorite school of art...

      Not my favorite school of art…

      For some of the best pieces, look for El Costeño, Osberto Jerez. In addition to being a great Reggae musician, he handpaints some very lovely pieces focused on life along the Caribbean coast.)

      Osberto Jerez, Masaya

      Osberto Jerez, Masaya

This is just a partial listing of the types of items available at the Artisan’s Market in Masaya, Nicaragua. Please add your comments on the treasures you have found there!

Managua Tourist Destination: Managua is not the same as before, 29 pictures that tell you the reason

Managua Tourist Destination: Managua is not the same as before, 29 pictures that tell you the reason

For Central Newsroom – January 16, 2016 9:20 pm

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Our Managua is now a tourist attraction for foreign nationals and the new image of the capital is among one of the most sought after destinations to visit in Nicaragua; Either at night or in the day, Managua no less splendid, adorned by culture, tradition, art and proud face of the Nicaraguan people.

  • Government announces inauguration of place in Managua

We leave 29 photos that show you that our capital is not the same.

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Special thanks to Jairo Cajina 19 digital

Source: Managua ya no es la misma, 29 fotos que te dicen la razón | Tn8.tv

One of our tour offerings is a visit to downtown Managua. It’s really changed for the better in the last few years. The parks are all cleaned up, there is great security in the plazas, the buildings have gotten makeovers, and there are now several activities and things to do in Managua that weren’t available say five years ago.

Here’s a partial list of places/activities:

  • Mirador de Tiscapa
  • New and Old Cathedral
  • Central Park
  • Parque Luis Alfonso
  • Plaza de la Revolucion
  • Puerto Salvador Allende

Related Content: Video of Managua’s Tourist Sites (in Spanish)

Easiest nice beach to reach by bus from Managua for a weekend – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

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Easiest nice beach to reach by bus from Managua for a weekend

Jan 13, 2016, 4:45 PM
Good day. The headline says it all. Looking for recommendations for a nice beach close to Managua suitable for a weekend break and reachable by bus without too many hassles.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Easiest nicebeach to reach by bus from Managua for a weekend

Jan 13, 2016, 9:06 PM
Greetings wix:

Two come to mind. The easiest and closest is Masachapa/Pochomil and the other would be La Boquita in Carazo department.

The first you would take the bus from Israel Lewites market. The second you would take an expresso from la UCA to Diriamba, then a local bus from Diriamba to La Boquita. Both have restaurants, hotels, and a tourism infrastructure.

You’d probably actually get to the beach quicker going to La Boquita as the Pochomil bus is a real “Ordinario” chicken bus that takes at least two hours to get there! The bus from Diriamba continues onto Casares after stopping in La Boquita, so that’s another option for you.

Cheers and enjoy!

Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua

Source: Easiest nicebeach to reach by bus from Managua for a weekend – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

Yes there are definitely some nice beaches just an hour or a bit more from Managua that are easily accessed via public bus. This post lists Pochomil/Masachapa and also La Boquita. I remembered at the end there that the same bus that goes from Diramba to La Boquita also continues on to Carares beach, which is another nice beach to go to from Managua.

Your golden sand colored beach awaits!

Your golden sand colored beach awaits!

 

5 Budget-Friendly Vacations to Take During Winter – US News

Budget-Friendly Vacations in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

A cruise ship in the resort town of San Juan del Sur

A cruise ship in the resort town of San Juan del Sur

Though neighboring country Costa Rica has long been a beloved tourist destination, Nicaragua has only recently began to catch vacationers’ eyes. But if you are willing to travel off the beaten path, you can discover Nicaragua’s pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and rustic colonial towns. Fly into Managua and take a shuttle or official taxi directly to San Juan del Sur, a sleepy surfer town rimmed by brown-sugar beaches and shaded by mango trees. Spend your days taking surfing lessons or sunning in a hammock at a beachside bar and spend your nights partying among international travelers at the town’s many vibrant nightclubs. The best part? Because the colorful country is still coming into its own, accommodation, dining, entertainment, and tours in Nicaragua remain wonderfully affordable, even for the most budget-conscious traveler.

Budget Breakdown

Flight: $208+ from Miami, FL

Accommodation: $9+/night for mid-range digs

Meals: $9+ per day

Source: 5 Budget-Friendly Vacations to Take During Winter – US News

Is Nicaragua a good place for a Budget-Friendly Vacation? Travelers say “Yes!”

Just another pro-Nicaragua vacation article, this one is featured in US News. While short and featuring other locations like Orlando, Fl., it’s worth noting that San Juan del Sur is featured in the article and that it comes first in the list of five vacations to take during winter.

We’ve featured San Juan del Sur in several blog posts, here and here for example. To tell folks to jump in a taxi and come straight to SJdS is not really good advice though in my opinion. That’s great for a certain segment of the travelers coming to Nicaragua but by far not all! In fact, the argument can be made that going to SJdS is to really not see much of what Nicaragua has to offer. While it offers beautiful beaches and cheap lodging and food choices, you won’t be getting too much of a feel for Nicaragua’s culture and landscapes.

Check out Ometepe Island for example if you want to feel like you’re in another (Jurassic) world entirely. Or, experience a “fiesta patronal” in a local “white village” to see how Nicaraguan’s make art and celebrate their cultural and religious heritage.Get a feel for Nicaragua’s unique history in Managua, Leon or Granada. For something completely different, visit Rio San Juan for an absolutely unique natural environment where you’ll see wildlife and jungle similar to the Amazon biosphere.

 

Retire Nicaragua: Where to Retire Overseas in 2016 – US News

Granada, Nicaragua. A Spanish-colonial city can be a great choice for retirement, and Granada is one of the best options. This city has a great variety of classic and charming Spanish-colonial homes with high ceilings, painted tiles and private courtyards that you can own for as little as $40,000. Granada is among the most carefully restored and preserved colonial cities in the Americas. This city of 120,000 has a sizeable expat community and attracts many international travelers with its upscale hotels, fine restaurants and well-kept buildings. Many parts of the city are walkable, and the nearby airport in Managua provides many connections to the United States. However, Granada maintains an authentically Nicaraguan feel. You will be able to sample local delicacies and pottery is made by hand. You may even see old oxcarts in the streets. The city is a blend of native Nicaraguan life with modern amenities. You can qualify for Nicaragua’s retiree residency visa program with as little as $600 per month of retirement income. But you’ll probably need a budget of at least $1,200 per month to live here comfortably.

Source: Where to Retire Overseas in 2016 – US News

International Living really does a proficient job in selling the dream of retiring overseas and this is a good “get” for them to be published in US News. However, they do omit lots of very important details but once you’ve sold up back home and plopped down in Granada, they don’t really care about what troubles and travails you will experience once you are actually living here! And yes, I am a wee bit jealous of their success! :)

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transportation Popoyo

I land in managua at 10pm so will stay there that night, but I’m wondering what the options are for getting to popoyo? A public bus would be preferred to keep cost down if it I easy to find?
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Greetings Jessica:

Once in Managua, you’ll need to get yourself to Mercado Huembes and take a bus to Rivas. The easiest thing at that point would be to hire a taxi to Popoyo, but if you want to keep on the bus program you can go from Rivas to Las Salinas de Nagualpa, then walk or hitchhike the last couple of miles to Popoyo.

For further details take a look at:http://thebusschedule.com/EN/ni/index.php

If the schedule is accurate, you leave Huembes at 7, 9 or 10:30 am and get there by 10, 12, or 1:40 pm, respectively.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua

Source: transportation – Popoyo Forum – TripAdvisor

A little advice for someone flying into Managua, intending to stay overnight, and then wanting to go to Popoyo, near Tola, Rivas without spending an arm and a leg.

Inexpensive transportation is readily available in Nicaragua if you’re willing to deal with some of the (minor) hassles, you’ll save lots of money!

10 places in Nicaragua that you should visit in 2016 • El Nuevo Diario

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In 2015, Nicaragua, the land of lakes and volcanoes was inaugurated as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Central America, that, thanks to its natural beauties, and the promotion and development of new options for recreation and tourism infrastructure works they are opening across the country.

El Almendro

Three mighty waterfalls and wide on the bed of the Rio Tepenaguazapa that flows around the town of El Almendro, are the main attraction of this cattle town in the department of Rio San Juan.

Three mighty and wide waterfalls on the river bed Tepenaguazapa circulating around the town of El Almendro form the main attraction of this town.

Three mighty and wide waterfalls on the bed of the Rio Tepenaguazapa that flows around the town of El Almendro, are the main attraction of this cattle town in the department of Rio San Juan.

San Cristobal volcano

On the slopes of this giant of fire and sand is a growing amount of tourist activity including hiking, climbing to his smoking cone, bird watching and wildlife, and other recreational activities organized by the community, in addition to accommodation in environmentally friendly hotels.

Tiscapa

At the top of the Loma de Tiscapa, the highest hill of the old town of Managua, rises majestically the silhouette of the General of free men Augusto C. Sandino, illuminated at night by a halo of streetlights that contrast with the gray sky and one of the “Tree of Life”, similar to those the government installed along the Avenida Bolivar and several roundabouts.

NicaraguaN WATERFALLS

Nicaragua has one of the richest natural resources in Central America, including one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes and some of the longest rivers in the Isthmus countries, therefore, along its rugged geography, massifs top of dozens of rivers are born that supply the valley and surrounding cities in their eternal journey to the sea or the Great Lakes.

Nindirí

Just 26 kilometers from Managua is Nindirí ,, picturesque town of Masaya.– Just 26 kilometers from Managua is Nindirí ,, picturesque town of Masaya. –

Just 26 kilometers from Managua, capital of Nicaragua, is Nindirí, a picturesque town located in Masaya department. In the last 20 years the town has transformed its urban landscape into a growing tourist attraction site.The city counts among its attractions, two museums, the Archaeological Museum and Tenderí Nacudari ethnographic museum.

 Morrito

It is a village of fishermen who lived its time of splendor when large logging companies used it as a lake port to ship the precious woods that abounded in the forests of southeastern Nicaragua. Morrito is a new tourist destination to discover; for its history, scenic beauty and its high potential for water sports like kayaking, artisanal fishing and boating.

Hacienda Los Malacos

A walk in true harmony with nature. Rowboats on placid waters of three indoor canals bordering lush tropical islands; guises, magpies, gray herons and welcome you to enjoy the new tourist option provided by Hacienda Los Malacos Ecological Park, located on the outskirts of the colonial city of Granada.

Community tourism in LAS ISLETAS

The 360 ​​islands that has the largest freshwater lake water of Central America, Nicaragua or Lake Nicaragua, invite an encounter with nature and relax in community hostels that the inhabitants of this earthly paradise have created.

Islets of Granada.– Islets of Granada. –

Hacienda Santa Lastenia

The Santa Lastenia offers visitors a unique experience, as well as letting you know about the process of production of rice, invites you to enjoy a picnic and walking on forest trails to the river where you can go kayaking, paddle- or motor-boating; either way, you are sure to enjoy your visit and the scenic beauty of the area.

Puerto Diaz

The first news about the existence of this chontaleño town dates back to the beginnings of the Spanish colonization, when the Spanish captain Diego Machuca and Alonso Calero, in his journey through the drain looking for the “sweet sea” –as told him the Spanish Nicaragua– the Great Lake called at these shores in April 1539.

Source: 10 lugares de Nicaragua que debes visitar en el 2016 • El Nuevo Diario

These are truly some of the “off-the-beaten-path” places to visit in Nicaragua! Quite a few of them I had never before heard of…not that I’m some kind of expert but it just goes to show you that there are so many lovely out-of-the-way spots to visit in this country that the list seems to never end!