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Man relaxing Nicaraguan style

from an amazing 14 days in Nicaragua. I had origionally intended on doing a day-to-day while i was there but found myself either too busy or without access to a computer while I was there. I decided to sum up the high-lights once I returned to the US of A, so that brings me to now.

Ive only been back for about three days and already I miss how laid back it was, not to mention how affordable. The very first thing I noticed once I left the tiny airport was the buses. They look like the old yellow school buses. except in technicolor. Every bus is painted different colors with streamers on the mirrors and sayings painted where ever there is space, not to exclude windows. most of them have roof racks loaded to the breaking point with Fruits, veggis, funiture toys and anything else that is being transported to the markets to sell, thing s bought at the markets or the left over crafts, food and goodies making their way home before being loaded up for sale the next day.

Meat vendor

I was a bit disappointed in Managua to be completely truthful. The city still hasn't recovered from the earthquake back in the seventies or at least appears that way and it was the only place that lacked any charm in my opinion. There were some great restaurants however... highly recomended is  Los Casa de Mejia Godoy. Its a restarunt with a stage that has great food some wonderful live music through out the week including the occoasional performance by the famous Mejia Godoy family.

Next city I vsited was Grenada. Its every bit as beautiful as I saw in picture and heard from others. Its one of the oldest cities in the americas filled with color, cathedrals, travelers and great architecture.

One of the many gorgeous churches in Nicaragua this one was in Leon
There is an enormous city square that is off limits to cars. it is filled with vendors and food stands. there were so many great photo ops there and I even happen to catch an impromptu street futbol game that drew such a large crowd that it could have easily been mistaken for an amazing perfomance of some other kind.  Grenada is probably the easiest place to meet fellow travellers.

Leon is another great colonial city that needs to be visited during a Nicaragua trip. Its just as beautiful as Grenada but with the added history that parts of it were once burried by one of the many near by volcanos. It is now being excavated and is just a really interesting place to visit. If you are going to slurge on a hotel while in Nicaragua (although its not really a splurge at $85) try staying at the El Convento hotel.

Another in Leon
Its a restored 1800's convent that has a beautiful courtyard and wonderful restraunt and great service in every aspect of the hotel. Also it is filled with beautiful antiques and relics from when it was a working convent.

Other towns of interest would be Diriamba, and the road leading to it, great views. Masatepe which is filled with wonderful crafts and furniture and Masaya. Masaya is known for its volcano and shopping. This is the place to to pick up your gifts for freind, family and self. Awsome crafts, cheap rum, beautiful art and cigars can all be found in this shoppers paradise. Its difficult to haggle but prices are already so cheap that you almost have to feel guilty getting people to bring them down anymore. Don't forget to visit the Volcano reserve while your there though. Its worth the short trip to see something different.

Well thats it for now, more to come on the beaches later and pictures will soon follow.

 

beedeeb says:
Yeps It was beautiful, but I liked Laguna de de Apoyo (think that's the spelling) much better.
Posted on: May 04, 2007
Isoinspira says:
Did you go to El Lago de Nicaragua with the two volcanoes in the middle?
Posted on: Apr 16, 2007
Eric says:
Sounds like your trip was quite enjoyable overall. Looking forward to seeing the photos!
Posted on: Apr 16, 2007
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Man relaxing Nicaraguan style
Man relaxing Nicaraguan style
Meat vendor
Meat vendor
One of the many gorgeous churches …
One of the many gorgeous churches…
Another in Leon
Another in Leon
Grenada, people gathered around an…
Grenada, people gathered around a…
One of many pretty sunsets
One of many pretty sunsets
Nicaragua craft work, lil boxes
Nicaragua craft work, lil boxes
Girls making pastries
Girls making pastries
Common sight in Nicaragua, if they…
Common sight in Nicaragua, if the…
The old national cathedral
The old national cathedral
National palace
National palace
I thought this was a cool silouett…
I thought this was a cool silouet…
Largo de Managua and Momotombo val…
Largo de Managua and Momotombo va…
Older women heading to the market …
Older women heading to the market…
Wall portrait of national hero;San…
Wall portrait of national hero;Sa…
Market place
Market place
Market place
Market place
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