My Favourite Memories from Nicaragua

Nicaragua was a bit of a last-minute addition to AJ and I’s itinerary; we found ourselves with a week and a half to kill before we had to be in Costa Rica, and when we had a look at what there was to explore in Nicaragua we knew straight away that we had to go. Nicaragua is a really beautiful country, and I think is definitely a hidden gem of central America right now. “The Land of Volcanoes and Lakes,” it has all the beauty and charm of Costa Rica without being as tourist-centric. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have its issues; there was a severe litter problem in the cities we visited, and the infrastructure for tourism isn’t very developed. I’ve heard that there’s a debate over whether or not to build a canal through the country, similar to the Panama Canal; while this would bring a lot of money into the country and provide a lot of jobs while the building is being done, it would ruin Nicaragua’s natural lakes and therefore deprive the country of some of its beauty. I hope that instead the government decide to take Nicaragua in the same direction as Costa Rica, focusing on eco-tourism and using the resources the country already has. I will definitely be visiting Nicaragua again in the future; what AJ and I experienced during our week and a half there was an amazing taster for what the country has to offer. In this article I will go through my favourite memories from my time in Nicaragua.

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Ometepe Island: What You Need To Know

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.

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G’s Top Five Fun Ways To Spend Your Time In León

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.

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Granada: A Three-Day Whistle-Stop Tour

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.

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Tortuguero: What You Need To Know

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.

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What To See and Do While In Panama City’s Casco Viejo

Because we were travelling from Colombia to Costa Rica, AJ and I decided that it would be a shame to miss out on visiting the Panama Canal while we had the chance, so added in a quick four-day stopover in Panama City. We didn’t really know what to expect from the city, and were pleasantly surprised by our time exploring the Casco Viejo, or old city. Panama City is in the middle of a revival; walking around the city you can see brand new restored buildings side-by-side with crumbling facades waiting to be restored. It has a quirky, bohemian feel to it thanks to the amount of American expats and tourists, and is a good place to wander around and relax in. In this article I’ll discuss the various things to do and see while staying in the old town of Panama City.

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My Favourite Memories From Colombia

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.

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My Favourite and Least Favourite Things About Medellín

The capital of Colombia’s Antioquia province, and the second largest city in Colombia, Medellín is a monstrously large, thriving metropolis. The city has done a huge amount of work to move away from its notoriously violent past and reputation as the ‘murder capital of the world’ and is now known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ due to its consistently temperate climate. Within the city you will find an eclectic mix of commercial, colonial, industrial and urban areas, as well as multiple outdoor spaces, tourist-centric areas, affluent areas and the poor barrios, all connected by the Metro system. AJ and I spent five days exploring Medellín and nearby attractions and found that, while overall we had a brilliant time, there were things about Medellín that we did not enjoy. In this article I’ll be going through my favourite and least favourite things about Medellín.

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G’s Guide To The Sights of Cali (With Bonus Food Options)

Cali is a beautiful city in the southwest of Colombia, full of a mixture of new and old-style buildings, beautiful examples of colonial architecture, impressive street art, fabulous (and not-so-fabulous) parks, and interesting museums. Top all that off with some really nice food options and Cali is definitely worth a visit. AJ and myself spent two days exploring the San Antonio area of Cali; in this article, I will go through the sights we explored and how we found them.

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G’s Guide to the Pasto Carnaval de Blancos y Negros

The Carnaval de Blancos y Negros (Blacks and Whites Carnival) is a huge festival celebration (the largest in South America) that takes place in Pasto from the 2nd – 7th of January, although some celebrations start from December 28th. This celebration arose from a mixture of Andean and Hispanic traditions; beginning as an Indian celebration to the moon goddess for good crops, and then adding in traditions from Spanish and African cultures and including special days such as January 5th when slaves were given a holiday from the King of Spain. The modern festival is a celebration of imagination, community, all the various cultures of the people that make up the city, and lots of fun and play. In 2009, UNESCO named it as one of the ‘Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.’ AJ and I were incredibly lucky that our move from Ecuador to Colombia coincided with the time of the carnival and we were able to experience this incredible celebration. What’s most surprising is that the Carnaval is nowhere near as well-known as it should be, which makes it a little difficult to find a lot of information on attending it. Therefore, I’ve put together this guide to attending the Carnaval de Blancos y Negros.

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