Traveling to Nicaragua requires careful thought, particularly for those who don't have relatives living there. As one of the poorest countries in the Americas, second to Haiti, Nicaragua's accommodations could be challenging. However, the experience of a beautiful land adorned by volcanoes, oceans, forests and overall the true essence of the human spirit, make this journey an unforgettable one.
Here is a list of some places and things to do that I would recommend:
1. Go on Eco Tours to the rain forests or my home cloud forests (Northern Highlands.) City of Jinotega and Matagalpa: Selva Negra is a great retreat!
2. Visit Masaya in the town of Granada: the colonial town, churches, arts.
3. Visit El Tepeyac in San Rafael Del Norte, a town founded by Father Odorico D'Andrea
4. Relax at the beach in Montelimar, La Boquita, Poneloya, Corn Islands-Caribbean Coast, San Juan Del Sur
5. A good hotel to stay in Managua: Hotel Intercontinental or any with at least 4 stars (they have shuttles and offer touristic tours.)
6. City of Leon-home to the great poet Ruben Dario
7. The best thing of all: Spend time with the highly spiritual people and if you need a detachment from the material world and a better appreciation of your life, visit the Chureca landfill (not alone as it could be dangerous.) It is a life-changing panorama: children surviving from trash. However, such settings, can be observed all throughout the country.
Nicaragua is a land rich in natural resources but not for long as illegal deforestation is still going on. The spirit of my people: the type that never fails to inspire is what holds the highest value.
Farewell my friends. If you are planning to visit or have comments/questions, drop me an e-mail or blog :-)