A short stay in El Corinto

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The old train station

The harbour city of El Corinto mostly famous for being the port that Ronald Reagan mined back in 1983 was a dead city compared to the lively cities we had met. Corinto is a very small coastal town that is located on the northwest of Nicaragua. Even though Corinto only has a population of approximately 20 000 and the town itself is very poor, it is also home to one of the biggest harbour ports. If you are looking for a forgotten town where life passes by slowly and where there is not a hint of city life, then Puerto Corinto is the perfect destination in Nicaragua. The town’s name originates from Corinth, a city in Greece, and what Corinto lacks in riches it makes up for in nostalgia and tranquillity.

Being a harbour city we were much more contacted by locals in English tourist sentences than other places in Nicaragua; we had also some people following us begging for money or wanting to drive us on the bike.

Making rum

The harbour actually inherited the role as the main harbour from Puerto El Realejo that was founded by the Spanish back in 1522. It has been a place where some of the most famous pirates of the Caribbean’s and the Pacific; amongst them William Dampier and John Davis. El Corinto was founded in 1858.  

The city as such was quite cute and it could have been a little pearl if they could get a break. Their houses and streets could have made it a nice visit, but there was no life in the streets. The use of colours was apparent all over the city and the main square was quite nice and telling a story of some different and more glorious days with a train station and so on. The streets of Corinto are lined with quaint little shops and it is a tranquille and picturesque coastal town.

It was a nice place, but it had a less appealing story to tell than many others.

Small wooden houses
We walked around in the city centre for a while but decided to find a place where we could get some cold water. There are a few ministries and church assemblies that are currently working within Corinto to assist families that are victims of unemployment and to try to provide relief where they are able; it was very clear that this was a poor town.

Puerto Corinto is home to a few religious festivals and cultural events during the year, it turned out that we had missed the cooking festival with 14 days; however most visitors are attracted to its virtually untouched beaches and idyllic tropical surroundings. Apart from a few local boys who use the beach for a game of soccer, the beautiful stretches of sand and ocean are yours to enjoy. If you would like to take a quick splash in the waves, you must be aware that the currents are very strong here as many other places along the Pacific coast.

The city was really quiet

The port and the railway service that is situated in Corinto are extremely important to the import and export industry of South America. A wide variety of items and cargo pass through the port and container terminal every year.

We decided to drive to the beach but we didn’t find any nice place that were open anywhere so we decided to drive towards Chichigalpa instead to see if we could find a nice and open place

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The old train station
The old train station
Making rum
Making rum
Small wooden houses
Small wooden houses
The city was really quiet
The city was really quiet
Down town
Down town
Empty streets
Empty streets
The former train station
The former train station
Colourful wooden houses
Colourful wooden houses
Steeets of El Corinto
Steeets of El Corinto
Colourful house down town
Colourful house down town
Close to Parque Central
Close to Parque Central
The celebration tower of the city
The celebration tower of the city
The former train station and now m…
The former train station and now …
The old train
The old train
The old train
The old train
Streets near the harbour
Streets near the harbour
The former train station and now m…
The former train station and now …
The Parque Central
The Parque Central
Corner shop
Corner shop
Colours of El Corinto
Colours of El Corinto
Ready for the customer
Ready for the customer
Streets near the harbour
Streets near the harbour
Daycare in the shop
Daycare in the shop
Colours
Colours
Gun in direction of the old habour…
Gun in direction of the old habou…
Follow the gun
Follow the gun
The Jubelee tower
The Jubelee tower
Yet a president from El Corinto - …
Yet a president from El Corinto -…
Tower in the street!
Tower in the street!
Neat the beach
Neat the beach
Town house
Town house
El Corinto
photo by: Chokk