We had some visitors who wanted to go and check out the famous “Las Isletas” of Granada. With a fantastic captain who was super-observant of all of the flora and fauna, we happened upon a stand of these fantastic plants which have a lovely surprise. What a romantic devil!
Settling In The Most Romantic City In The Americas
Posted: 09/26/2014 7:42 am EDT Updated: 09/26/2014 7:59 am EDT
I felt like a schoolgirl playing hooky. We awoke early Friday morning, dressed, ate, and then, instead of heading to the office, we took off for the airport to catch a flight to Managua. Just Lief and me. No kids. No checked luggage. Not even our laptops. We had planned this quick escape weekend to Nicaragua spur of the moment, a romantic weekend for two, in one of our favorite countries, a place where we spent a lot of time early on in our marriage but hadn’t returned together in years.
Almost immediately upon arrival, it all came back, all the reasons I like this country as much as I do. Nicaragua is naturally and dramatically beautiful, but lots of places are beautiful. What sets Nicaragua apart is its heart. You get the feeling, spending time here, that this country is always trying really hard to pick itself up and carry on…to make things better.
FROM TO DEPARTURE TIMES PRICE PER PERSON
Granada San Juan del Sur 10am, 1:30pm $16 USD
Granada Managua Airport 4am, 9am $20 USD
Granada Leon 11:30am $18 USD
San Juan del Sur Granada 9:30am, 12:30pm $16 USD
Good prices on shuttles out of Granada! A good alternative to private shuttle as it’s less costly but nicer and more comfortable then public buses. $18 Granada to Leon isn’t bad IMO.
By elnuevodiario.com.ni | Globe
Latin America tops the list in terms of insecurity, with Venezuela in the first place as the most insecure country in the world, an earring in the region despite the progress made in other areas as subject experts opined today.
A study published by Gallup indicates that Latin American countries are among the most dangerous, ahead of the African continent and Russia, despite the slight improvement that have occurred in the last five years.
The region has made significant progress in many areas,however, “the issue of security is a pending task,” Efe said the center’s president Inter-American Dialogue, Michael Shifter.
The index Gallup public safety takes into account the confidence in the local police, the perception of security among the people and incidents of theft.
In Venezuela, described as the most insecure nation in the world for the study, only 19% of adults said he felt safe walking at night in their neighborhood, while 74% distrust of local police and 22% said they had been victim of a theft or have a family member who stole money in the last twelve months.
A UN report says that “the political and economic instability in Venezuela contributed to insecurity” and ranks second in the world after Honduras, regarding homicides, with 53.7 deaths per 100,000 population.
Also, eight of the ten countries with the highest homicide are in Latin America or the Caribbean, and represented 36% of all violent in the world in 2012 deaths, according to the report.
This may be due, according to the study, “the systematic increase in organized crime in the region.”
Drug trafficking and organized crime continued in the region,coupled with corruption and unstable institutional systems contribute greatly worsen the situation, said Shifter.
After Venezuela, Bolivian, Peruvian, Paraguayan and Dominican reported feeling more insecure in their countries, despite an improvement in the perceived safety of the population in 2013 compared to 2009 in Bolivia and the Dominican Republic.
As for the less dangerous Latin American nations, Nicaragua tops the list followed by Panama, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay. They all showed a marked improvement in recent years, particularly Ecuadorian citizens.
Ecuadorians staged the biggest leap in security from 2009 to 2013, which the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, attributed “to success in the fight against crime, gun control, the autonomy of the judiciary and campaigns to incarcerate dangerous criminals. “
In the case of Chile, said Shifter, “sound institutions and high human development contribute to the perception of safety and confidence in government” by the people.
Panama is a clear example of “a growing economy that generates many resources and employment positions,” said the analyst.
While Nicaragua, despite being one of the poorest countries in the region, local authorities are quite “respected to maintain order”.
Moreover, residents of Southeast Asia, East Asia, United States and Canada took the top places in the perception of safety, followed closely by Europeans, according to the report of Gallup.
The civil war in Syria and the unrest in Egypt negatively dragged the average of the Arab countries in the deterioration of public safety in recent years, closely followed by North Africa and South Asia.
Gallup’s study was based on telephone and face surveys between 2009 and 2013 led to nearly 1,000 adults over 15 years of each country, with a margin of error of between 2.1 and 5.6 percentage points, and confidence level of 95%.
11. Re: Night arrival in MGA, transfer to Leon … safe???
Aug 15, 2014, 1:49 PM
This question does come up quite often; basically, “where should I stay on my first night in Nicaragua?”
I tried to answer that on my blog, starting with whether or not you will need to stay somewhere near the airport or even if you might need to stay in Managua in general. Just know that not all of the places to stay near Managua are equal in terms of ambiance and tranquility.
I hope that helps.
Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua
One destination mentioned in this post
It is true that this topic, “where should I stay on my first night in Nicaragua” comes up quite a bit in some of these Nicaragua travel forums such as TripAdvisor. Of course, at the Farmstay we offer our famous (heheheh) “soft landing” service where the idea is to have our friends and other guests we have visiting us start to relax and feel like everything is going to be fine pretty much as soon as they get off the plane. Our philosophy since coming down here to Nicaragua is that as long as we have the idea in mind that “todo es una aventura” then we’ll be okay.
But the folks who arrive at MGA on those later flights have a bit of a dilemna. If you are arriving on one of the night flights coming in from Delta (ATL), American (MIA), and United (HOU), or even later, the Spirit Air flight from Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), you are in my opinion best served to not take that late night shuttle.
If you are just going to Granada or Laguna de Apoyo, or Mombacho Lodge, then sure, not a big deal to take the 45 minutes to get to those spots. But if you are going to further-away locations such as Leon, San Juan del Sur, Matagalpa, Jinotega, Chinandega, Isla de Ometepe, etc. then think it through a little bit before booking that late-night shuttle. Lots more details of your choices here.
Unique property ID: LA410
Location: Laguna de Apoyo
Lot Size: 900 sq mts
Full Description: Located on the shore of the beautiful Crater lake known as Laguna de Apoyo in a quiet enviroment, surrounded by the nature, monkeys, birds and the the lake, Great vaction home or a Hostal, great acces, the six rooms and three bathrooms are great with nice views and all comfortable, all of them with a/c split unit and ceiling fans, there’s parking area, laundry area.
- Balcony views
- Ceiling fans
- Lake front
- Two Floors
- washer machine
Our friends the “Alaska Kings” sent us this link to this property saying “I want this place.” Can’t say that I blame him!
If you would like to check out Laguna de Apoyo for yourself, go ahead and make your reservation for your airfare, let us know when you are coming, and we’ll be there to pick you up at the airport for your “soft landing” service. Then the next day or so, it is a quick hop over to Laguna de Apoyo where there are some lovely properties to stay at. Or, the Laguna is an excellent day trip too.
via Café de Nicaragua.
Yes, a coffee tour would be great thank you! At the Farmstay we could even help you with that. For example, if you want to learn how to roast your own coffee you could do that here. We even hosted overnight an official coffee cupper (a person who goes around the world tasting various coffees…can you imagine?) and she said that our coffee roasted over a wood fire was very good. She said to me “this was roasted over mango wood, wasn’t it?” I actually had no idea what type of wood we had used, but thought, it certainly could have been mango wood! She rated my coffee as “very good.”
Small victories my friends, small victories. But yes, there are some great places to go and visit up near Matagalpa, such as Selva Negra. Its nice and cool up there and very refreshing after the warmer zones near the beaches and in the main cities of Nicaragua like Granada and Leon.
Anyway, we do enjoy our coffee here at the Farmstay and I like being able to make the roast according to my own prefereces (which vary from medium- to dark-roast) and the extreme cost savings. I buy the beans at the wholesale market for 40 cordobas the pound and the finished product in the supermarkets costs about 160 cordobas. And our coffee is every bit as good as the fancy local Nicaraguan brands.
Beautiful Hotel In The City Center (Granada)
condition: excellent size / dimensions: 11,200 sft
The Hotel Casa Vivaldi is a fabulous hotel located in the center of Granada. This property is situated between Central Park and Lake Nicaragua, and a block from the promenade “La Calzada”, Granada’s nightlife area.
This well furbished hotel is comprised of 12 air-conditioned rooms and has a 60′ by 20′ swimming pool and restaurant. Most important is that there is an adjacent lot (1.920sqf) included with the purchase of the hotel. The adjacent lot can be used to expand the hotel structure, to provide additional parking, or be sold. As one of the few remaining building lots in the Granada city centrer, it is a prime piece of real estate.
Operated profitably for year, the Italian owners are selling because they want to return to Italy. The price has been reduced $240,000 for a quick. Reduced from $890,000 to only $650,000 the business, land, chattles and inventory are now well under market value. If you are looking for an investment or a retirement business, act now. At such a reduced price this opportunity will not last long.
Via Craigslist Nicaragua, comes this property, which is very lovely, for sale at a serious discount. The Italian owners are returning to their native Italy and looking to sell quickly. A real investment that could pay off very handsomely while affording the owner an excellent lifestyle!
Business León Nicaragua | Sale of hostel right
Date added: 07/17/2014 3:50 pm
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Sale of Hostel right in Leon, Nicaragua.
Located at 3 blocks to Cathedral. Working, with all legal papers in order.
Sixth place in Trip Advisor rating for hostels in Leon. Great reviews for place in main hostel web places.
The above video is well done, has good production values and I like the focus on the northern Nicaraguan area, the “Ruta del Cafe” or Coffee Route is one of these ideas that the national tour agency gets to promote an area and/or activity/interest under one umbrella, that is for sure, but if I can put on my critic’s cap here, the presentation, while nice, does not mention a webpage where one can actually find out more and possibly book a tour! The title of the video is UNICOOTUR and the logo on the video says UNICOTOURS. Neither of which appear to be connected with a sustainable tourism organization located in Northern Nicaragua. So sorry but I couldn’t find any actual links for you. But, again, pretty video. Enjoy!
I wanted to share with you some actual links to Sustainable Tourism in Nicaragua for you to take a look at, but there really aren’t any, either in Spanish or English! I do know about a few, but they are not really any sort of organization of sustainable tourism in the country, just listings and some general information. Well, here’s what I have:
- Casey has an overview of the topic and how it may relate to Nicaragua over on the rightsideguide.com
- Sustainabletrip.com has another overview.
- CANATUR Nicaragua (Spanish) is the closest to such an organization.
There are several properties that are self-described “sustainable tourism” destinations, and most if not all of these tend to be legit as far as the eco-friendly standards such as trying to save electricity, water, promote ecological practices in general, including permaculture and other sustainable farming techniques.
Some of these are listed here:
- Morgan’s Rock
- Jicaro Island Ecolodge
- Totoco Ecolodge
- Casa Maderas
- Bastilla Ecolodge
- Hacienda Puerto del Cielo
- Aqua Nicaragua
- Selva Negra
- Finca Esperanza Verde
There are a bunch more, most of which are new that I haven’t really heard or know anything about. If you know of anymore and can personally recommend them, please comment here!
Sadly, that’s about it!