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Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Etymology

The name “Nicaragua” was coined by Spanish colonists based on the name “Nicarao”, chief of the most populous indigenous tribe. When Spaniard Gil González Dávila came to Nicaragua in 1521 he found in the areas between Rivas and San Jorge the first pre-Columbian natives of Nicaragua. At the time the native city was called Quauhcapolca and the cacique leader’s name was Macuilmiquiztli, not Nicarao. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Exhale Holistic Wellness Retreat on LIttle Corn Island – This is a place to reset. Recharge. Refuel! Enjoy whole body rejuvenation for mind and body and make a difference in the local community.[meetup]

Managua Puppy Playgroup Meetup – Calling all owners of small breed dogs! I’d love for my Havachon puppy Linus to meet other puppies and/or gentle small dogs! There don’t seem to be many opportunities here in Managua for puppy socialization, or chances for small dogs to make new friends.[meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Connecting Singles – Have you tried all the traditional ways to find someone special in Nicaragua? Are you tired of the Nicaragua bar & club scene, coming home to an empty house, lonely tables-for-one at those romantic Nicaragua restaurants, disastrous blind dates set up by your matchmaking friends, Nicaragua local singles groups, singles events and meetings with no results?? [connecting singles]

FirstMet – Meeting singles from Nicaragua has never been easier. Welcome to the simplest online dating site to date, flirt, or just chat with Nicaragua singles. It’s free to register, view photos, and send messages to single men and women in Nicaragua! [firstmet]

Mingle2 – Mingle2.com is a 100% Nicaragua Free Dating Service. Meet thousands of fun, attractive, Nicaragua men and Nicaragua women for FREE. No gimmicks, no tricks. Stop paying for online dating now. [mingle2]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

GPS Nicaragua – Granada,the oldest colonial city in the America’s, offers an abundance of things to do while visiting. Situated on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Cental America, and only one hour from the capital of Nicaragua, Granada boasts both cultural and natural tours for all ages. We have English speaking tour guides available to offer you a variety of tours to make your vacation a memorable one. [gps nicaragua]

Responsible Travel – Explore one of the safest, friendliest and yet least visited countries in Latin America. Enjoy a mixture of colonial towns, volcanoes, islands and beaches and learn about this rich and varied land with your private guides. Relax in comfort with charming colonial hotels and luxurious lodges as you visit a country as yet barely touched by tourism. [responsible travel]

Tours By Locals – Managua is a city of contrasts. Travelers will find swanky malls next to crumbling buildings and cutting-edge restaurants tucked away behind run-down hotels. Less than an hour from the Pacific coast, Nicaragua’s capital lies midway between the historic cities of Granada and Leon, making it the ideal home base for your Central American excursions. [tours by locals]

Tours Nicaragua – Founded in 1996 and located in Managua, Tours Nicaragua is Nicaragua’s original private tour outfitter owned and operated by native English speakers. Each and every one of our staff shares a deep love for Nicaragua, its nature and people. Tours Nicaragua exists to share the beauty of Nicaragua and to make your  Nicaragua Vacation hassle free, interesting, safe and rewarding. [tours nicaragua]

Vianica – Explore the fascinating history of one of Nicaragua’s oldest and most influential cities by foot. It is considered to be Nicaragua’s historical, cultural, educational and religious capital. León was dismantled, moved, and rebuilt due to volcanic activities, ransacked (and reconstructed) by pirates, won and lost its struggle as the most important city in Nicaragua against Managua, and presidents were assassinated here. [vianica]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Escape to the Corn Islands – If you are looking for a laid back island complete with palm trees, soft silky white sand and stunningly clear water teeming with marine life; the Corn Islands is where you will want to head. Big Corn and Little Corn are named respectively for their size and for those looking for the ultimate peace and quiet, Little Corn is perfect. With no cars allowed on the island, a handful of restaurants, accommodations and two dive shops; this is the perfect home base for snorkelers and scuba divers. Big Corn on the other hand offers a plentiful variety of restaurants, accommodations, nightlife and more amenities. [escape here]

Experience Miraflor National Park – This unique national reserve features three different climates and a variety of flora and fauna spread throughout. One of the most impressive features of this reserve is the variety of orchids; there are over 200 species throughout the park. These orchids not only grow in their typical flowering plants, but also on the ground and between the rocks. Nine communities are housed on the reserve and offer visitors a unique way to stay. Farmers open their doors to tourists and invite you to stay with a family, learning about life in the Miraflor National Park and the landscape that surrounds them. [escape here]

Explore Granada – Many travelers love to use this colonial city as their home base when exploring the country. The city is breathtaking with pastel colored buildings, historic churches and cobblestone streets. Its interesting history and the fact that it is relatively safe draws a lot of tourists here. There are multiple forms of transportation to get around town, including horse drawn carriages, but luckily most attractions here can be reached by foot. [escape here]

Explore Leon – Leon is a colonial city full of breathtaking churches, incredible art collections, happening nightlife and colorful colonial architecture. A lot of visitors come here just to experience Volcano boarding, but end up loving the actual city itself. Walking is the transit of choice to get around town and plan on stopping in to check out one of the 13 churches. Leon is not as well preserved as Granada and tends to be less touristy, perhaps even more authentic with bullet holes still present in many of the buildings. There are a ton of volunteer opportunities in this city as well as many non-profit organizations that lead tours and treks to the nearby natural wonders; giving back to the community. [escape here]

Go Volcano Boarding – Volcano boarding is a fairly new sport for the adrenaline seeking junkies that visit this country. Cerro Negro, the small active volcano is the perfect spot to try this sport. Many tour operators out of Leon offer this thrilling experience where you strap a board or sled onto your back and head up the volcano. Hiking to the top takes less than an hour and then the fun begins. The companies provide protective gear such as knee and elbow pads, as well as goggles and jumpsuits. With the choice of boarding down like a snowboard or sitting and sledding down, visitors will fly down the black rocks and try this once in a lifetime opportunity. [escape here]

Hike a Volcano – This country is often referred to as the country of Lakes and Volcanoes and it would be a shame to visit here without summiting on one of the many volcanoes. There is an impressive line of volcanoes that run north to south and offer everything from crater lakes on top of the volcano, active lava and bellowing smoke that pours out. San Cristóbal Volcano is the highest most active volcano in the country and exhibits some of the characteristics we most associate with volcanoes, cone-shape, smoking and a gigantic stature that towers over the landscape. [escape here]

Surf in San Juan del Sur – Surfers from all over the world are learning about this incredible surfing location yet it still remains largely less crowded than its neighbor Costa Rica. With over 300 days of offshore winds, there are plenty of swells year round for both beginners and experts. The beach town of San Juan del Sur is the perfect place to call home while you explore the surrounding beaches as it is loaded with restaurants, accommodations and other travelers. One of the most popular beaches for surfing is Playa Maderas, it features a consistent sand bottom beach break and is only 15 minutes from the town. [escape here]

Visit Ometepe Island – This island in Lake Nicaragua never fails to impress visitors with its towering volcanoes that rise dramatically out of the lake. This island has been largely untouched by tourism, offering pristine wildlife, wide beaches, clean waters, a handful of archeological sites and may just be a traveler’s paradise. It is often thought of as the “oasis of peace” and is considered one of the great rock areas of the world due to the number of petroglyphs and stone carvings that have been carved into its boulders. [escape here]

Visit the Granada Islets – Located in Lake Nicaragua are 365 islands scattered off the coast of Granada, the result of Mombacho Volcano blowing its lid years ago. The islands are covered in lush green vegetation and many are occupied by private individuals with vacation homes. Taking a boat tour around the islands is perhaps the best way to explore them and many tours are available from Granada. [escape here]

Visit the Turtles – There are several beaches in this country where the sea turtles arrive to lay their eggs, sometimes in droves of hundreds. It occurs several times throughout the year and Nicaragua is one of the few places in the world where visitors can witness this amazing event. On the pacific side, the two beaches to see this incredible event are La Flor and Chacocente. They are both dedicated wildlife refuges and under constant supervision. These beaches can be reached by both public transportation or guided tour. On the Caribbean side there is no particular beach to seek out as the turtles here live and feed all year round and therefore can be seen along the entire coast. [escape here]

Festivals

Festivals

19th of July – Sandinista Day – People start gathering in the Plaza de Revolucion in the late afternoon to hear the president speak but he isn’t the only one. It’s a who’s who of politicians from revolutionary states who take the podium to speak to the hundreds of thousands of people. Last year we saw the president of Venezuela, ex presidents from Honduras, Ecuador, Cuban politicians and the Pulitzer peace prize winner from Guatemala, Rigoberta Menchu. [nica conexiones]

Crab Soup Festival – First of all, it’s the Corn Islands. White sand beaches, crystal blue water, Caribbean English speaking population… it’s a completely different Nicaragua. And this Nicaragua has their own way of celebrating. It starts about 5am with a band in the back of a truck making the rounds around the island to wake everyone up. Nobody wants to miss the emancipation parade that starts soon after. [nica conexiones]

International Poetry Festival – Every year the work of a prominent Nicaraguan poet is featured. If you have ever wanted to rub shoulders with the heavyweights of Nica literature, this is the place to be. Throughout the week there are readings scheduled in different churches, markets, city streets, schools, even the police station. The event is so popular that readings spill over into neighboring pueblos of Masaya, Diria, Masatepe, all the way up to Leon. It’s a definitely worth exploring to not just get a feel of the Nicaraguan poetry scene, but also the culture of the villages. [nica conexiones]

San Juan Bautista – The origins of this strange tradition stem from the local indigenous submitting to the mighty Spanish sword. To show San Juan the degree of faith they have, they fight with their own homemade swords believing San Juan will protect them from harm(not even San Juan could save them from real swords). While no death from a penis beating has been recorded (thanks San Juan!), it is possible that the liquid faith of St. Rum keeps them from feeling pain. But boy does it leave a mark! [nica conexiones]

San Silvestre Papa – People start to gather in the morning when typical Nicaraguan dishes such as Nacatamales, Indio Viejo and Rosquillas are served. If you have ever wanted to eat festival food out of a banana leaf, this is the place to be. About noon is when the first march starts; it the official Saint part of the festival. It is when the devout followers of San Silvestre Papa gather around the statue of the saint outside of the church and shower him with offerings of fruit and flowers. He doesn’t eat much but that doesn’t stop the faithful from tying their offerings on sticks that reach over to the figure. It is the thought that counts. The procession of people, offerings and the saint make their way through the quaint village of Catarina with the Torovenado trailing close behind. [nica conexiones]

Tulululu – The entire month of May is devoted to the Maypole celebrations in honor of Mayaya and the May rains she brings. On the last day of the month, starting right after the sun goes down, the people of Bluefields gather in the Old Bank neighborhood with their marching band and ribboned maypole tree. They start dancing in the old Caribbean maypole style around the tree and start the slow march across town to Cotton Tree neighborhood. [nica conexiones]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Buses – The buses in the Managua terminals are large, yellow former school buses. In many cities, roofed pickup trucks called rutas are another alternative public transportation option. City buses in Managua are for the most part clean and modern. [just landed]

Taxis – Almost all taxis in Nicaragua are members of colectivos (taxi associations), which stop and pick up other clients en route to their destination. Managua taxis are unmetered and notorious for ripping off tourists. Taxis at major border crossings may overcharge as well, given the chance. Most other city taxis have set, in-town fares, usually around US$0.50 to US$0.70, rising slightly at night. It’s worth asking a local how much a fare should cost before getting into the cab. [just landed]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Managua WordPress Meetup – We are a group of WordPress developers, designers and editors who join us to share our knowledge and experience, and to meet with other WordPress users in the area. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Expat Guide to Nicaragua – Guide for expats living in or considering Nicaragua from Darrell Bushnell. Also the diaries of an expat couple. And now a great community newsletter. [facebook]

Your Expat Community in Nicaragua – Hola! and welcome to our expat community in Nicaragua! InterNations is home to a large community of expats living in Nicaragua and across the glow, who can help you settle into your new life abroad. Relocating can be both exciting and challenging, and our experienced expats know exactly how that feels. Simply join InterNations and start interacting with your fellow expats. You may have questions about moving to Nicaragua, like: “where’s the safest place to live in Leon?” or “what are the schools like in Managua?” or even “what’s the healthcare system like in Nicaragua?”. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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