Ometepe is a volcanic island in Lake Nicaragua. It is home to two volcanos, one active and one dormant and they are a beautiful sight to behold as you approach the island on the ferry. Going to the island is a chance to retreat from the hustle and bustle of cities and immerse yourself in a relaxed and quiet way of life, while also having the chance to stay active through hiking and kayaking. In this article, I’ll go through the main things you need to know before you visit, from how to get there, to a mini budget-breakdown to activities available on the island.
León is a beautiful city north of the capital Managua. It is home to a whole host of gorgeous architecture, beautiful parks and plazas, and interesting museums. It’s also home to the only active volcano in the world that you can “surf” down. Its mixture of culture, architecture, and thrill-seeking offers travellers a variety of fun and enjoyable ways to spend their time during their visit. In this article I will talk through my top five fun ways to spend your time in León.
AJ and I had just over a week to see the best of Nicaragua, and Granada was top of our itinerary. We only had four days to spare for our visit, but they were four days well-spent, getting to know the town and its surrounding districts and environmental attractions. I’ve distilled what we saw and experienced into a three-day itinerary for any traveller wanting to experience the best of what Granada has to offer.
Having dealt with a pretty fast and furious pace for a month while travelling through Colombia and Panama City, AJ and I were ready for some serious r’n’r before we tackled our final two months in Central America, during which we need to make our way to Mexico City whilst trying to see as much of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Mexico’s Yucatan region. We did a little digging, and discovered the perfect place to hide away for a few days in the tiny beach town of Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Despite being frequently visited by tourists, Tortugeuro has managed to maintain the atmosphere of a sleepy little village with nothing much to do except relax and watch the world go by. In this article, I’ll go through the main things that anyone thinking of visiting Tortuguero needs to know, from how to get there, to a mini budget-breakdown.
Colombia has been one of the most pleasant surprises of our travels so far; we hadn’t originally planned to visit, but were told such good things about it by travellers we met that we decided to set some time aside for it, and I’m really glad we did. I absolutely LOVED spending time in Colombia; the one and only thing I’m a bit miffed about is that we couldn’t spare more than three weeks, so I feel like we only managed to scrape the surface of this friendly and beautiful country. I’ve already planned to come back to explore it more extensively, but here are my favourite memories from our short time in Colombia.
You can read all about our Colombia adventures here.
Over the course of a month AJ and I flew, bussed and hiked our way around Ecuador, soaking up everything the country had to offer. We found Ecuador to be a land of wildly varying climates and environments – from the humid and lush cloud forest of Mindo, to the scorching hot beaches of the Galapagos Islands, to the ever-changing weather within the urban landscapes of the mountainous cities and towns. We had the opportunity to experience many different activities during our time there and came away from this incredibly beautiful country with a whole slew of amazing memories. Here are my favourite memories from our time in Ecuador.
You can read all about my Ecuador adventures here.
Mindo is a tiny town in the cloud forest of northern Ecuador which caters to travellers looking to discover nature in all its beauty, and experience adrenaline-filled activities. For four days we sought to experience all that Mindo had to offer, and had a wonderful adventure-filled time. In this article I will run through the adventures to be found in Mindo.
Cuenca is a lovely colonial town in the south of Ecuador, full of beautiful buildings, street art, and interesting museums. Everything in the town is within walking distance, so you can easily spend your days there wandering from place to place, enjoying the scenery as you go, and taking a break in one of the many cafes and restaurants dotted throughout the town. AJ and I spent three days there exploring as much of Cuenca as we could, including;
The Galapagos Islands is easily one of the major highlights of AJ and I’s travels so far (and 100% will be a major highlight of the entire year); we got up close with allsorts of beautiful and amazing wildlife including the blue-footed boobys, Galapagos penguins, sealions, marine iguanas, sea turtles, giant tortoises, and the ever-adorable finches. In the space of 8 days we managed to explore three islands, go hiking, snorkelling, explore beaches and rock pools, wander through wetlands and mangrove forests, and learn all about the fascinating history of the islands and the work being done to conserve their environment.
We had planned to go to the Galapagos from the moment we started planning our trip however we knew that because we were travelling long term we would have to make it as “budget” as possible. I say “budget” because even on a budget the Galapagos is far more expensive than travelling around mainland Ecuador, everything from the food to the accommodation to the transport just costs more. In this article, I will talk through the budget breakdown for our 8 days in the Galapagos, and how we kept our trip as “budget-friendly,” as possible. I will also list the different activities we did on each island and offer some tips to travellers planning on going to the Galapagos.
While it once had a less-than-stellar reputation (and in a sense still does – I get strange looks every time I tell people that I enjoyed my stay), Guayaquil is growing as a city and a tourist destination. A lot of work has been done to improve its appeal and I would encourage travellers to take a few days to explore and enjoy this vibrant city, rather than just using it as a pitstop on the way to the Galapagos Islands or other Ecuadorian cities. Here are my top things to do while staying in Guayaquil.