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Central America Caribbean » Nicaragua August 31st 2019

Früher in der Schule haben wir Päckchen zu Weihnachten gepackt und diese nach Nicaragua geschickt und Spenden für das Land gesammelt. Das waren meine Erinnerungen an Nicaragua. Jetzt habe ich das Land zum ersten Mal bereist. Die Grenze von Costa Rica nach Nicaragua habe ich bei Peñas Blancas überquert, ein ziemlich neuer, großer und moderner Grenzübergang. Nachdem die Immigrationsgebühren bezahlt wurden, verlief auch alles ganz unkompliziert. In Süd- und Zentralamerika sind Grenzübertritte für uns deutsche Staatsangehörige sowieso sehr einfach und ohne Visa möglich. Da ist unser Reisepass sehr stark ;-) So kam ich zuerst in San Juan del Sur an, einem Küstenort mit vielen Ausländern, bzw. Expatriats. Es ist ein schönes Surfer-Örtchen an der Pazifikküste, welches von Bergen umrahmt wird. Auf diesem findet man auch wieder die typische weiße, weit hin strahlende Chri... read more

In the summer of 2017 I spent 3 months in Nicaragua working for Quetzaltrekkers as a backpack guide. I would recommend this to anyone looking to make a difference in the local community, meet other cool travelers, and experience the beautiful nature of the region.... read more
Volcán del Hoyo
Cerro Negro
Chicken Bus

We started our day early with our driver picking us up at 515. He was 15 minutes late because he had stopped to pick up the others in our group from a different hotel, a couple from Germany and a lady from Chicago. It was about an hour and a half to the border of Nicaragua. We got dropped off there and walked across the border. Getting our exit stamp from Costa Rica and the entrance stamp to Nicaragua. Our guide for the day was very professional and has been doing the tour regularly. Our next van was waiting for us on the Nicaraguan side. We drove into Nicaragua and got a full history lesson about everything from the original people to the revolution from the dictatorship to modern recent issues. We stopped for breakfast on ... read more
Pedro In Nicaragua
Pedro talks to the guide while looking into crater San Fernando in the volcano Masaya in Nicaragua
 Crater San Fernando in the volcano Masaya in Nicaragua

Nicaragua, officially the republic is the largest country in the central Americas isthmus bordered by Honduras to the NW, the Caribbean to the east, costa Rica to the South, and the pacific ocean to the SW. Managua is the capitol and the 3rd largest city in central America behind Tegucigalpa and Guatemala city. The multi ethnic population of 6 million includes people from Indigenous, European, African and Asian heritage. The main language is Spanish, some Indigenous tribes speak their own language. The country is characterized by it's agricultural economy it's history of auto cratee government, and it's in balance of regional development. Almost all settlement and economic activity's are concentrated in the western half of the country. The land of volcano's (28) active and the largest lakes in central America. Present day Nicaragua is still recovering ... read more
Puerto Corinto
The puerto

The Corn Islands, especially Little Corn Island, is living up to expectations....laid-back, sun, sand, snorkeling, fishing, beachcoming and coconuts. Hotels and hostels pick the best spots on the circumferential beaches: from the high end Yemaya ($300), to the one my travel partner and I chose, Little Corn Beach and Bungalow ($54++), to our favourite that we are at now, the more rudimentary, beachfront Elsa's Place ($30, two bdrm, bath, kitchen access). Sun rises over the sea and beach, snorkeling straight out to the reefs 200m off shore. Coffee and tea brewing in the kitchen. Fishing has been pretty cool; predictably tons of ground fish plus one to three of the more elusive Barracuda, Mackerel or King Fish all within 3 hours. Lots of conch. However, lobster, which comes mainly from Big Corn Island is in over-fished ... read more

Nicaragua has a whole chain of volcanoes running through it, north to south, some currently or recently active. About a week ago I boarded a large ferry and giddy-upped across a gusty lake Nicaragua (wet luggage) to Ometepe island, created by 2 massive volcanoes, one at each end. In between the volcanoes lies a very productive, agricultural saddle of greens, corn, beans, yucca, bananas, various nuts, , and then going up the slopes of the volcanoes, there's more beans, coffee, cocoa, big tropical timber and finally, moist cloud forests cap the summits. Down on ths coast the food and cooking the Nicaraguan way is delicious. The island has been cultivated by humans for ovsr 3 millenia, and hence its also a bit of an archeological treasure trove. On one of the first days I hopped on ... read more

To Everyone best wishes for an enjoyable Xmas-New Year's break. I'm back here in Nicaragua at the start of a 7 week sunny escape, beginning with San Juan del Sur, a traditional surfer and retired expat community. San Juan del Sur has turned out to be a great tropical acclimatizing spot....very friendly and helpful Nicas, hot sun and breezes, shuttling around in 4WDs with surfers and boards to picture perfect surfing bays, ceviche salads and beer at some really nice but under-utilized beach bars, the occasional parrot with howler monkeys in the bush, beach and headland hiking and swimming. But I guess if you're not an avid surfer, a week is probably enough. Onto Ometepe island next week. Friendly hospitality here has always been a keynote to a Nicaraguan visit, but now with fewer of us ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Nicaragua December 6th 2018

Sunday morning we awoke to sea and sky as we cruised towards Costa Rica. It was a full day at sea which we spent enjoying the ship. We have got to know some of the other guests and certainly staff. Our favourite bar in the Atrium, known as The Living Room, is manned by a mixture of nationalities including Indonesian, Phillipino, Chinese and Peruvian. Eddie is the “star” here, enjoying customers applause as he performs his “tricks” like catching blocks of ice in a glass behind his back and floating coasters to us from the back of his hand. He is always smiling and seems to know all the guests’ names. We usually have breakfast and lunch in the World Café on Deck 7 and then go to either the Restaurant or one of the two ... read more
Street scene in Puntarenas

Hola chicos! It's been a few weeks, seven I think since my last blog! Mainly as I have been in the same spot, not many exciting things to report! So a short blog with some updates of my stay in Masatepe Nicaragua. Had another 2 weeks in Granada after my last blog, my landlady took me to Managua for the day to see a Baseball game, my first ever, it was actually quite good. We had seats right behind the plate, in a new stadium which was actually quite empty. Took a taxi ride from my last Air BnB in Granada, on 26th March about 45 mins drive west to a town called Masatepe, a more rural location. I have been staying here for the last 5 weeks, only 3 weeks left, before heading to San ... read more
The pool with a view!
Hammock time
Barby night

On Sunday morning, 22d of April, Rebecka and I left our hostel in Ometepe pretty early to catch a ride to the ferry station of the island. Unfortunately, no bus came by and no cars (most people on the island drive scooters or motorbikes), just taxis... So we decided to take one of those and for 8$US p.P. we got to the ferry station. Our driver was really nice, a young guy from Dominican Republic who lives on the island at the moment, and when he dropped us off, he even offered us a (free) watermelon! :-D He was the first to really tell us about the situation in the rest of Nicaragua. Last Wednesday, José Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua’s president, signed a new law that makes people pay more taxes and retired people get less money. ... read more

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