Reasons to Visit
Wonderful, colourful local arts and crafts can be found throughout Nicaragua, but if you have a particular interest then exploring the traditional Chorotega villages that surround the Masaya Volcano, which are well know for their talented craftsmen, is a must. San Juan de Oriente in particular has gained international recognition for its elegant ceramic earthenware.
Nicaraguan coffee is simply delicious! The country boasts some of the best coffee in the world and ranks in the top ten in gourmet coffee production, with over 30,000 different coffee farms. It was introduced in the mid nineteenth century and has since thrived, becoming one of Nicaragua’s principal exports along with sesame, tobacco and palm oil.
With beautiful cities, like Leon and Granada, and their bright colourful buildings offering a spectacular insight into the Spanish colonial era, Nicaragua is a wonderful destination for history-lovers or those in search of a unique cultural experience.
Nicaragua is a wonderful country for those looking to get off the beaten track. It is much less visited than neighbouring Costa Rica and the infrastructure in the core regions surprisingly good. This is Central America at its most authentic and unspoilt, and for those looking for something a little different, the history, the people, the rum, the volcanic landscapes and the music will fascinate!
Kick back in a beach hammock in San Juan del Sur, just a two hour drive from Granada. Set on a pretty horse-shoe shaped bay, this sleepy fishing village hasn't lost any of its charm and the restaurants serve excellent seafood.
Nicaragua’s volcanoes provide a stunning and distinctive landscape, and all of them are fascinating to explore. Many of the surrounding towns and villages have been destroyed by eruptions over the centuries and several (in particular the Masaya volcano) remains active, spewing gas and ash into the air. Others, such as the Maderas volcano, cradle spectacular crater lakes, are havens for wildlife and provide excellent hiking opportunities.
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Morgan's Rock consists of a Hacienda and Ecolodge. The food is superb and the stunning beach make this a wonderful place to stay.
Morgan's Rock consists of a Hacienda and Ecolodge. Together they have planted almost 1.5 million trees (both native hardwood and fruit) and have roughly set aside 800 hectares of primary forest under conservation. Formerly extinct animal species are being reintroduced into the private reserve and existing animal populations have been successfully protected from hunters.
The hacienda is home to one of Latin America's finest agro tourism operations providing guests with the opportunity to learn about reforestation, tree farming, sustainable agriculture and traditional farming techniques. The ecolodge's bungalows are all constructed by materials from certified reforestation or logging programmes in Nicaragua and feature one king size bed, a comfortable sofa bed and a private deck with hammock. The bathrooms open into the bedrooms behind a screen.
There are only 2 rooms near the main building the remaining 13 are located a 5-10 minute walk away across a swing bridge, on a cliff-top overlooking the ocean with amazing sunsets and views - so be prepared for a steep trek to the beach and restaurant. There is a beautiful beach and infinity pool, with the surrounding restaurant and bar providing fantastic fresh food and wonderful cocktails. Local beer and soft drinks are included in the price of your stay as well as all meals. The hotel loans out 'cool' boxes for you to take to the beach to keep drinks fresh, which is a lovely touch.
The friendly fishing town of San Juan del Sur is located on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, a two hour drive south of Granada, beautifully set on a horse-shoe bay.
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