Tourists spend more time in the capital I El Nuevo Diario

Of the 1,480,000 tourists who entered Nicaragua last year , 40% stayed at least a week in Managua, according to data from the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism ( Intur ).

The delegate of Managua by Intur, Martha Baltodano, pointed out that after the colonial cities and the beaches of the Pacific coast, Managua is preferred.

“Last year we closed with the number of 1,480,000 tourists at the national level and of these 40% spent in the capital. It is the city with the largest offer of tourist services in the country, speaking of hotels, restaurants, bars and coffee shops, “said the delegate of Intur.

He pointed out that there are around 2,700 tourist companies registered at the national level in the Intur . Of these, 11,500 are in the Pacific zone and only in Managua there are 8,000.

Of interest: Why does it attract Nicaraguan tourism?

“Four or five years ago, the capital looked only as a distribution center where tourism was overnight for one day or night, then to go to other destinations. Now the convention tourism is less. Now they come to do cultural tourism, social, rural community, adventure and religious. Here in Managua you can do all kinds of tourism, according to a diagnosis of the resources in existence, “said Baltodano.

He indicated that Managua has cultural, natural and patrimonial resources. He added that in the municipality there are three crater lagoons, which is why it is unique in the world, however he considered that there is a little more tourist infrastructure, whether public or private. Tiscapa has hiking and there is a historical park, on the other hand is Asososca and Nejapa, for which an improvement plan is being developed in order to enable them for tourism.

“The mayor of Managua, in the theme of parks, has provided very well and in this case compared to Asososca, which supplies water to part of the capital, is the park Las Piedrecitas whose infrastructure will be rehabilitated by the municipality and Wait for a lookout to observe the landscape of the lagoon. But there are attractive places all over the department. There are private wild reserves in Ticuantepe and Villa El Carmen, in San Rafael del Sur we have protected areas, bird watching in the Montibelli reserve, the Chocoyero – El Brujo, in addition to an endangered turtle hatchery in Villa El Carmen, which On Salamina beach are released. Nicaragua has the tortoises, tortoises and hawksbill, are three of the seven species that are in danger of extinction, “said Baltodano.

Veronica Wayman, representative of Wayman Tours, commented that by experience the most attractive point for foreign tourism in Managua is the Puerto Salvador Allende, the museums, the replicas of the cathedrals of Paseo Xolotlán, the historical park Tiscapa and also hope to promote as Tourist destination the viewpoint of El Crucero.

“In the week we have groups of up to 30 people and in weekend at least 25 as part of Managua City Tour,” said Wayman, arguing that more needs to be invested in infrastructure, since the foreign tourist is very demanding, especially with Cleaning in restaurants, dining rooms and bathrooms, in addition to the accommodation conditions.

He commented that places like Xiloá or the thermal springs of Tipitapa have a lot of potential, but it is not attractive to the tourist for lacking conditions of comfort and cleanliness.

“A couple came excited to go to the hot springs, but when they saw the place, they wanted to return immediately. The national tourist coming from other departments does not have much problem, but in the treatment to the foreigner one must be very careful, so that leaves satisfied of the experience “, claimed Wayman.

Ring road will relieve heavy traffic in the capital • El Nuevo Diario

Saving time, avoiding the need for vehicles to enter the city that are only passing through, and reducing the congestion of the capital’s roads are part of the objectives of the Ticuantepe-Nejapa ring road, whose execution funds have already been approved for their use by international financial institutions.

This is a step forward and is consistent with the study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the Master Plan for Development of the City of Managua, which notes that 23 percent of trucks use the main roads Of Managua just to cross it.

The study mentions the need to divert these cargo vehicles through a by-pass, as do hundreds of private vehicles whose destination is not the capital.

This is seconded by the urbanist and engineer Gerald Pentzke, considering the need for a fast road in the limits of the capital, but also that it has connection with roads like the Suburbana and Avenida Bolivar in its southern end, to enhance its usefulness.

Through the presidential agreement 04-2017, the request for funds was approved to the financial institutions Export and Import Bank of Korea and the government agency for the management of the Economic Development Cooperation Fund, which will allow the Ministry of Finance And Public Credit to make a loan of no more than US $ 70.5 million for the By Pass Managua project (Ticuantepe-Santo Domingo-San Judas-Nejapa), to be executed by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

MTI’s owner, Pablo Fernando Martínez, announced the project from 2015. Work is scheduled to start in Nejapa, on the South Road, ending at Ticuantepe, on the road to Masaya, with a length of 16 kilometers.

The Master Plan of the National Road Network of Nicaragua was presented by the Korean cooperation, and its pre-feasibility study indicates that the volume of traffic envisaged is 8,500 vehicles per day.

The original project includes the construction of four lanes in the medium term, with a track width of 30.6 meters. However, in the long-term, this road is intended to be six lanes with an extension of 11.2 meters.

Source: Pista de circunvalación desahogará tráfico pesado capitalino • El Nuevo Diario

This is big news for the area. Folks traveling from Granada or Masaya to Leon will be able to avoid having to go through Managua, saving time and easing congestion on the Pista Suburbana and Carretera Masaya. This road is supposed to delimit the extension of the urban zone of Managua, but of course will bring development that will further cause deforestation and increase local temperatures. But it will be a big help traffic-wise, especially to truckers and buses from Granada/Masaya to Leon will take this road as it will be a lot quicker than going through the city.

This is also big news for us at El Portón Verde, both good and bad I suppose… This new road will pass by the south end of our property, maybe not right at the border, but no more than 40 meters further south, so pretty darn close by…

I come from Orange County, California and as a young boy ran around in orange groves quite a bit. The area changed over the years and know has grown so much that nary an orange tree still exists. Certainly the fragrance of the orange blossoms is not in the air during springtime in “the O.C.” anymore. But that’s “progress” right?

In other words, we’ve seen this story before and that’s one reason why I’m in Nicaragua. I enjoy the peace and quiet, views, and mellow vibe we have here on the farm and that might change a bit in the coming years. So here are a couple of ideas that I have at the moment.

Maybe a reader can give me some other perspectives? I’d certainly appreciate it!

Good news about the Ticuantepe-Nejapa Ring road:

  • We’ll have quick access to this new ring road as it will pass by at the south end of the farm.
  • More services will be nearby and hopefully our current access alley will be paved.
  • Traveling to places such as Pochomil, El Transito, Puerto Sandino, Salinas Grandes and especially Leon will be much faster. I estimate that taking this road will probably knock off a good 15 minutes of travel time. So the beach will be only 45 minutes away and Leon just one hour away!
  • This development will allow us to make some better use of the land and the property value will go up.

Bad news about the Ticuantepe-Nejapa Ring road:

  • Our completely quiet and tranquil ambiance might be a little less so as there will be lots of vehicles traveling about a half-kilometer away on this new highway scheduled to be completed in 2019.
  • The general area will be much more “city” or at least suburban whereas now it is more “country” which our visitors and I enjoy quite a bit.

All that said, if anyone reading this has ideas as to the highest and best use of our property along this new highway, we’re certainly open to entertaining ideas!

NICA Competition Gaining International Support – Still Time to Participate…

An example of the awesome ceramics art being produced in San Juan de Oriente.

The NICA Competition is in full effect!

On December 5, 2016 I announced the Nicaragua International Ceramic Art Competition in San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua…..
By the end of the registration period on December 24th we had 95 entries to participate!
The rules were simple one masterpiece entry per artisan delivered by January 18th, 2017.
I set up a award schedule (listed on the graphic at the bottom of this email) that includes 10 awards valuing over $8000….
The pueblo went nuts….  There has never been a competition that has offered such robust award values and access to a world wide audience.
When I added it all up there were 95 total artists, 25 women artisans and 16 youth artisan under the age of 21!  Staggering numbers for a small traditional village.
Over a three and a half day period I went to each small house and interviewed each artisan, every registered participant of the 2017 NICA Competition.
Although I have been working in the San Juan de Oriente pueblo for over 21 years I met people and learned things I never knew.
Maybe half of the participants, or more, have never participated in a competition.
I announced the awards to the NICA Ceramic Art community and got great support and results!

$2500 Best in Show – Sponsored!  Thank you
$1500 Oro Award – Sponsored! Thank you
$750 Plata Award – Sponsored! Thank you
$750 Plata Award – Still Available Click Here 
$750 pre-Columbian – Sponsored! Thank you
$500 Honor Award – Available Click Here
$500 Honor Award 2 – Available Click Here
$500 Honor Award 3 – Available Click Here
$500 Women Artisan Award – Sponsored Thank you!
$500 Youth Artisan Award – Sponsored Thank you!

By sponsoring one of the final available awards listed above you will choose the award winning sculpture with a cash prize for the artisan baring your name….in exchange you will receive the award winning sculpture for your private collection.
I am preparing nicaceramicart.com to show the close to 90 participants in the NICA Competition – with their photo, a intro video and images of their entry sculpture to the NICA Competition.
As a sponsor you will have access to all of the pieces and artists profiles starting on January 23rd.  On January 26th we will have the awards ceremony in San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua and video the awards being presented in your name to enjoy the moment and interaction.
As of right now this has turned into a true international celebration of support with awards coming from all over the United States, Finland, National support and Local Support with the Mayor of San Juan de Oriente sponsoring the Youth Artisan award.
It has been both an honor and a heck of a lot of work putting this together and I am now pointing to the last few awards available for a few more people to step into this opportunity to participate in this unique cultural event.
The graphic below will help express and explain more.  I am always available to answer questions or give further information.
Those who have sponsored awards will receive the first update the end of this week.
Please consider being a part of the first annual NICA Competition by supporting one of the last awards – have an award issued in your name – and enjoy that winning sculpture in your home for ever…..
Thank you,
Paul H Devoti
paul@nicaceramicart.com  – best contact via email!

Veteran, Women and Youth Artisan Coming Together to participate in the first annual Nicaragua International Ceramic Art Competition

Source: NICA Competition Gaining International Support – Still Time to Participate…

Now this is a great thing this gentleman is doing…sponsoring (and you can sponsor it too, see link!) a competition in the local ceramics village, San Juan de Oriente, on the best ceramics art in the area. I sure hope my friend Pedro Guerrero is in this, as I think he’s one of the best!

14 stunning photos of exploration in the Masaya volcano • El Nuevo Diario

The images shared by Sam Cossman after the first week of work in the active volcano

Source: 14 stunning photos of exploration in the Masaya volcano • El Nuevo Diario

Photo: Alejandro Sánchez
The Team of Sam Cossman installs 80 sensors in the interior of the Masaya Volcano.

A Managua Guide for Foodie Travelers

Managua Guide to Foodie Travelers

From Nicaraguan street food to fine culinary experiences, the Nicaraguan capital offers cultural experiences in addition to good eats

Managua locals aren’t just about getting their business done­—they also love to have fun and eat well. In recent years they’ve proven that international food trends are alive and well­—even in Nicaragua. Folks visiting Managua today have many options to choose from, with food coming from top kitchens and world-class chefs to street and market food that reflects the working-class roots of the city.

Eat

Breakfast

In Nicaragua, your food experience starts with breakfast. Places like La trenza (the braid), Leche agria de “Mi Vaquita” (sour milk from My Little Cow) and Leche Agria El Ganadero (The Rancher sour milk) offer breakfasts, quesillos (braided cheese with tortilla, onion and sour cream), and other platos tipicos (typical plates).

Desayuno Simple – Nicaragua

A traditional breakfast at one of these spots can consist of fresh hot corn tortillas, gallo pinto (red beans and rice), eggs, cheese, avocado, and the ever-present leche agria, which actually is more like a home made yogurt. Let’s just say, you won’t leave the place hungry. And let’s talk prices, a full breakfast including a natural fruit drink or Nicaraguan coffee costs about $3 U.S. dollars.
For lunch, a world of options awaits you. The widest variety and quantity of international cuisine is located in Managua, so if you are headed out to more remote and rural locations, you might want to enjoy the luxury of choices found here, but let’s save those for dinner, shall we?
If you would like to try some of the more typical options, get yourself over to La Cocina de Doña Haydee, El Garabato, or El Güegüense. These restaurants all have a very nice atmosphere and good eats at fair prices. Don’t miss trying some of the local dishes such as indio viejo (corn meal gravy cooked with sliced grilled beef with cilantro), baho (a sort of tropical pot roast with slow-cooked beef and root vegetables), and vigoron (a snack of boiled cassava root topped with pork rind and cabbage salad).Some of the best budget options are the buffet restaurants, where for about five dollars you get a very good value for your money, plus these are all good people-watching spots. Now for my money, the best buffet restaurant is actually Brazilian! Picanha Buffet Brasileiro is fantastic and one of the best lunch places around. Recently they have begun to offer limited dinner hours.

Dinner

Next, let’s look at dinner. This is where the international cuisines standout, plus maybe you’ve already had your fill of the local stuff? In case you haven’t, try a local fritanga, which is a sort of “pop-up” restaurant typically setup in the front of someone’s house. Options include grilled meats, gallo pinto, plantains in the form of crispy chips or fried sweet, local cheese, and two items that sound Mexican but aren’t. Snacks include enchiladas, which I call an “unidentified fried object” which is really cornmeal masa formed in a crescent shape, filled with a chopped beef and rice mixture, then deep fried. Another smaller dish are tacos which are more like Mexican taquitos, served with a cabbage salad and sour cream.

Typical fritanga meal. Photo: Nicaconexiones.com

In past years, this part of our review would mostly describe French, Spanish, Cuban and Italian restaurants (with a smattering of ever-present Mexican and Chinese joints..) Nowadays there are really delicious middle-eastern, vegetarian, Irish, Peruvian, Venezuelan, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese choices. Some casual meal options are Cuban, fried chicken and American fast food chains. Steak restaurants also abound, with El Churrasco, Los Ranchos, Don Candido, and Porterhouse among the best. Gastronomio del Buzo and Restaurante Summer are just a couple of the better seafood restaurants. The best place in town for good ‘ole American food is Jimmy Three Fingers Alabama Rib Shack, which is exactly as it’s name implies, a great rib joint.

But if you have one place to choose from for dinner, look to the creations of Carla Fjeld, who favors organically grown, locally sourced ingredients transformed into well-served, simple, yet elegant meals with consistently excellent service and a relaxed ambiance.

Picture: Motivated team: Carla Fjeld with employees in front of the restaurant Ola Verde Photo: Organic Market Info

The menu at her popular Restaurante Ola Verde, located on the south end of town, just off of Carretera a Masaya (Masaya Highway) near the Galerias shopping mall, sources it’s ingredients primarily from local farmers.

Organic sesame salad at Ola Verde

While her oft-photographed quesadillas, organic sesame salad, Mediterranean and seafood dishes are popular, the variety of gluten-free, sugar-free, and locally-sourced dishes and desserts are what really makes Ola Verde a standout in the local restaurant scene. On weekends there is usually live music in the garden area.

You say Cuba. I say Nicaragua. Let’s call the whole thing off | IOL

With the demand for Cuba extremely high at present, there are other alternatives to consider, writes Simon Calder.

 / 28 October 2016, 8:00pm
SIMON CALDER
Jesus del gran poder

Penitents carry a statue of Jesus Christ during the ‘Jesus del gran poder’ procession in the colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua.

Question: We tried to book for Cuba for a week’s holiday post-Christmas, but the travel agent said it was full to bursting and suggested Nicaragua instead, flying in and out via Miami. Would you agree it’s a good alternative?

Name withheld

 

Answer: Demand for Cuba is extremely high at present, with such limited tourism infrastructure relative to demand, it’s not unreasonable to describe it as full – especially in the capital, Havana.

Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, doesn’t do 1950s American cars and music in quite the same way as Cuba, but it is a superb destination in its own right. The scenery is dramatically volcanic; there are a couple of beautiful Spanish colonial cities in the shapes of Leon and Granada; and an indulgent Pacific beach resort, San Juan del Sur.

You might notice I have not mentioned the capital, Managua; that’s because it was flattened by an earthquake and resembles a scattering of scruffy suburbs rather than a proper city. There are, though, some colourful markets.

My one concern is the length of the journey. In the absence of direct flights from the UK to Nicaragua, the connections are gruelling – and involve the daunting prospect of US immigration.

With only a week, you might consider flying non-stop on to San Jose and driving up the Pan-American Highway from the Costa Rican capital.

Source: You say Cuba. I say Nicaragua. Let’s call the whole thing off | IOL

We get a lot of Canadian visitors to El Porton Verde, and when I mentioned something about how “Americans” from the USA can finally begin to travel to Cuba, I wondered out loud if that will affect the number of visitors from the USA. She said to me “Don’t worry, because more Americans in Cuba means more Canadians in Nicaragua!” 🙂

So yes, folks, if everything is booked in Cuba, take a look at coming to Nicaragua instead. You can always go to Cuba after the rush is over!

5 zones of Managua that will change completely in the near future

OUTSTANDING , MANAGUA , NATIONALBY ELIUD GARMENDIA,

The capital of the country is experiencing a series of changes very fast. Large buildings are visible through most of the city, and promise not to stop, at least not in the short term. In this article we show 5 zones of Managua that will change soon, either by building constructions or road infrastructure.1-Zone Colonia Central America. It is true that this sector is undergoing constant transformation, however the announcement a few months ago the construction of an 8story tower on the side of the overpass, lifting a shopping plaza in the south side and the construction of an American fast food restaurant, this place will look completely different very soon.

2-Paseo Tiscapa. This area of the Masaya highway that connects to the roundabout Ruben Dario completely transformed with the inauguration of the new National Stadium Dennis Martínez, promises to be one of the best in Latin America .

3-7 Sector South and Las Piedrecitas. This place will build what will be one of the most modern main roads of the capital. The last thing you know is that Overpass Las Piedrecitas construction company already has . The project consists of two vehicular bridges gap in what is now the lights in the park area Las Piedrecitas and the second at stoplights 7 South.

4-Parque Luis Alfonso Velasquez. Once again the lavf is being expanded by the Mayor of Managua.According to available information, the new area 8 blocks up to 20 thousand people will be built; this includes the new convention center, which can hold up to 8,000 people. These spaces will be used in 2017for the Central American Games that the city is preparing a huge investment in sports infrastructure .

5-Port Salvador Allende. The fourth stage of this mega project will include cinemas, shopping center, casinos, 13 restaurants, a hotel, kiosks, a fitness center, a water park and parking for 3,000 vehicles.According to Virgilio Silva, president of the National Port Company (EPN), with this expansion the port Salvador Allende will become the biggest tourist attraction in the capital.

What other areas creés you that will change soon in the city of Managua?

Source: 5 zonas de Managua que cambiarán por completo | Metro

El Portón Verde Tours Visits the Masaya Volcano at Night, Sees Lava! (VIDEO)

Night Tour of the Masaya Volcano with Active, Jumping Lava!

Masaya Volcano Night Tour

Same spot, at night.

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Masaya Volcano in day

Masaya Volcano in day

Hello kind reader(s) and robots:

With our group of three brothers and one cousin all visiting Nicaragua together, we went during the daytime and again at nighttime to visit the Masaya Volcano National Park yesterday. Here is my report:

I was there last night (23 June) and yes you can see the lava quite well. It’s pretty well down in the Santiago crater but very visible, especially from the main promontory and also on the left side of there.

Access is quite well controlled and they do limit your time. My group and I went during the daytime too so we could visit the visitor’s center, well worth it IMO. During the day they weren’t all that strict about the time limit. There was only one park ranger and he couldn’t really keep track of all the people. However, it is officially forbidden to walk the trails. The bat cave tours also are suspended.

So back the the night tour, you can start queuing up in your vehicle beginning at 5:30 pm but I would recommend waiting like we did until about 6 or 6:30 so it is totally dark when you get up to the top. You pay $10 per personl it doesn’t matter if you are a national or foreigner. You drive up to the visitors center, which is closed after 4:30, but there is a gate there and they use that to queue up perhaps twenty vehicles at a time to allow a cohort of vehicles to drive up together.
When you get up to the parking area of the crater, try to maximize your viewing time as they are limiting the time up there to fifteen minutes. I could have watched the lava for hours as it is incredibly mesmerizing. You can also hear the sounds of the lava and it appeared that there are two currents coming in from the west and east and when the pulses coincide there is a wave of sorts…as I say, mesmerizing.
There are maybe two or three park rangers up there at the crater at night and they are in communication with the other rangers at the gates, so when time is up they use a whistle to implore everyone to get back in their cars and go back down. As you’re going down, the next cohort of vehicles is making its way up.

I hope that helps and I know for a fact you will enjoy what you see! I believe there are only three places in the world where you can see something similar, Kileaua (sic) in Hawaii, someplace in Africa, and good ‘ole Nicaragua!

Cheers, Mike @ El Portón Verde, Managua

Link to video

“It’s the first time I see something like this, is very impressive” | El Nuevo Diario

Defying the intense smell of sulfur, the tourists come to look out at the seething lava pit near the surface of the crater of the Masaya volcano , whose fury the Indians tried to placate in the past by sacrificing maidens and children.

Photos: Masaya Volcano, impressive

“It is something extraordinary, unique in the world,” Noheli Pravia, a French tourist told AFP while watching the turbulent magma seen from the crater rim less than 100 meters deep.

Masaya, Kilauea in Hawaii and Nyiragongo in Africa are the only volcanoes in the world that have periodic outpourings of magma in its crater, says the Nicaraguan geographer and environmentalist Jaime Incer .

Lava of Masaya Vocano, located 20 km from the Nicaraguan capital, has been rising to the surface every 25 or 30 years since 1902 and after a while it disappears, but it always keeps emitting sulfur fumes that spread around the area, rusting roofs on houses and ravaging vegetation.

According to Incer, if the incandescent material rises its level up each occurrence, it is possible that within 150 years the volcano will make a similar eruption to 1772, when the flow reached the area where the international airport exists today.

A few kilometers from the volcano, the village of Piedra Quemada that keeps the vestiges of that eruption is based.

“Before there was no land here but stones , ” says Sandra Perez, one of the 6,000 people who have learned to live with the volcano and do not believe it is a threat.

Awesome

The small cone, 400 meters high, came 5,000 years ago. It consists of five craters of which only one -called Santiago- remains active, crowned by a dense plume.

Six months ago, the hole increased activity with magma flows accompanied by sporadic micro-earthquakes.

“It ‘s the first time I have seen something like this, it is very impressive , ” says Mijaela Cuba, an Austrian nurse.

She is one of the 4,000 tourists who have climbed to the burning throat of the volcano in the last two weeks since the government authorized the entry of people, although limited to a visit of a few minutes due to gases.

Only green parrots and bats nest permanently and survive in the toxic environment of the crater.

It s “very special” adds excited young Taiwanese Sami Yen who takes photos to the crater rim where the magmatic waves are heard.

The volcano is located in the most populated area of the Nicaraguan Pacific and is part of a protected area of 54 km2, which include vast fields of petrified lava populated by white trees, the Sacuanjoche, the national flower of Nicaragua.

Snakes abound, white-faced monkeys and animals that can withstand high temperatures, says the guide Luis Solano.

The Hellmouth

The flames of Masaya, who made two strong eruptions in 1670 and 1772, frightened the Spanish conquistadors.

“It ‘s a mouth of fire that never stops burning , ” the first governor Pedrarias wrote to the king of Spain in 1525.

The friar Francisco de Bobadilla was believed that the door to hell, so he installed a huge cross at the edge of the crater.

While the greedy Friar Blas del Castillo thought the gold was melted and washed down hanging from a basket to remove material according to the legend.

Chorotega Indians who inhabited the area tried to calm the angry volcano offering a sacrifice of children and maidens They claimed that the witch “Chalchihuehe” lived in the burning pit.

In the 70s, the Somoza dictatorship launched into the mouth of the volcano an ex-colaborador of the Sandinista guerrilla, David Tejada, the Sandinista excolaboradora Vilma Nunez told AFP.

Source: “Es la primera vez que veo algo como esto, es muy impresionante” • El Nuevo Diario

Welcome to El Portón Verde, Managua Posted in Nicaragua

Welcome to El Portón Verde

So what’s the deal with couchsurfing anyway? We’ll see!

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  1. Mike El Porton Verde

    Managua, Managua, Nicaragua

    Hi couchsurfers; As an introduction, my name is Mike and my family and I live and work on a small farm on the outskirts of Managua. We run a little bed and breakfast here where we like to share our little slice of paradise. During the slower season especially (May-October) we should be able to host a few people here, up to four at a time.
    If you are willing to help with some of the chores around the farm we’d be happy to do a friendly exchange with you! Some of the chores include: feeding the pigs, digging holes to plant trees and plantains, weeding the pineapple patch, cutting and then planting vetiver grass on lines of contour, cleaning the swimming pool, painting, and occassionaly a bit of childcare for our two year old.
    Cheers, Mike @ El Portón Verde, Managua
    http://elportonverde.com

Source: Comment Thread | Nicaragua | Groups | Couchsurfing

So I signed up El Portón Verde on couchsurfing.com the other day. I got a message the next day from a nice French couple, they wanted a place to stay for one week. We couldn’t take them that first day but for six nights we could. If someone wants to stay we need them to do some farm work. They mentioned they were interested in farming, so I thought we had a match. Yesterday we got the message from them that they found something else, presumably where they wouldn’t have to do any actual work.

I’ll give it some time, but so far I’m not impressed…