Rainforest

Nicaragua is a very tropical destination to travel to. The whole country is a rainforest because of its constant tropical weather. One of the rainforests is called Indio Maiz Biological Reserve, one of the best preserved natural reserves in Nicaragua. The rainforest is at the corner of the San Juan River, in the southeast corner of the entire country. It is home to the widest variety of rainforest animals. There are hundreds of different kinds of bird species including toucans and hummingbirds as well as home to other animals such as pumas, jaguars, and sloths. Continue reading →

Cyber Cafe

Most Nicaraguans cannot afford cable or internet connection. Because of this, local citizens decided it would be a good idea to create “Cyber Cafe‘s,” also known as “ciber’s” in Nicaragua.

These cyber cafe’s consist of 10-20 computers, and I mean OLD SCHOOL computers and monitors, lined up inside of one of the living rooms in one of the homes in the neighborhood. All of these computers are linked up to one internet connection which sounds like the screeching internet connection from the 90s in America. Continue reading →

Isletas de Granada

The Isletas de Granada, or the Islands of Granada, are a group of up to 360 islands that are located in Lake Nicaragua right outside of the city of Granada. The islands are scattered along the peninsula and are a product of the eruption of the Mombacho volcano dating back to twenty thousand years. Most of the islands are home to rare and important species of birds as well as homes and residents. Continue reading →

Wood Furniture…what?

As you may have already assumed, Nicaraguans are extremely crafty and innovative. Another famous source of income and artsy about Nicaragua is their wood craft and ability to make wooden furniture goods. One of the main wood furniture destinations is Masatepe, between the towns of San Marcos and Nandasme.

The production of fine wood is one of the main sources of income for Masatepe and Nicaragua. Carpenters create rocking chairs, dining tables, beds, sofas, and several other beautiful products. My entire living room consists of this craftsmanship and we always bring back lots of furniture every time we visit the town. Continue reading →

Sports in Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s national sport is baseball, and baseball only. Nicaraguans take their baseball extremely seriously and have only four national baseball teams. Baseball is one of the main activities that keep the country lively and intriguing. Children play in the streets with baseballs made of duct tape and thick sticks to use as bats. The four main teams are the Indios del Boer, Tigres del Chinandega, Leones de Leon, and the Orientales de Granada. Continue reading →

The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes

Nicaragua is known as the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes for its 50 volcanoes, of which 7 are active, and its famous Lake Nicaragua, the only sweet-water lake known to have sharks in the world. Most of these volcanoes are very interactive and have lots of tourist attractions. Visitors have the ability to climb active and dormant volcanoes, peek over into the crater of a volcano and swim in the crater lakes.

There are volcanoes all around Nicaragua, with 12 of the main volcanoes being along the left side of the coast. One of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua is Momotombo. Continue reading →

Shopping is easy!

Shopping could either be the hardest or easiest thing to do in Nicaragua. Most people sell food, bath necessities and batteries in little shops they call “ventas” or “pulperias.”  Yes, everything they sell in these little stores are completely random. These stores are run out of people’s homes and mostly take up the entire front porch. Because of this, finding exactly what you want isn’t always the easiest task. Continue reading →

Ceramics & Pottery

Ceramics and pottery is a large and historical tradition in Nicaragua. The history of pottery dates back to the Spanish Conquest, 2,500 years ago. One city in particular celebrates and creates most of the pottery and ceramic goods in Nicaragua, called San Juan de Oriente, a city in the department of Masaya. San Juan de Oriente was previously named San Juan de los Platos because of the ceramics made by the city’s population. San Juan de Oriente has a large history of pottery making that continues to thrive today. Continue reading →

….Where is Nicaragua?

Before we jump into what you can do in this beautiful country, lets talk about where Nicaragua actually is. People mistake Nicaragua as a state in Mexico, confuse it with the television network Nickelodeon, or assume that it’s a random country in Europe. Despite their confusion and misunderstanding, Nicaragua is located in Central America, below Honduras and El Salvador and above Costa Rica.

Nicaragua has to be one of the most overlooked, underrated and most beautiful countries in the world. As the largest country in Central America, Nicaragua is known by its visitors and residents as “la tierra de lagos y volcanes,” or “the land of lakes and volcanoes.” Continue reading →

Hello Readers!

Hello, readers!

My name is Christina Solorzano and I am a public relations major with a minor in dance at San Jose State University in San Jose, California. I will be graduating from the university in December 2012 and hope to go to graduate school and earn my masters in mass communications or public relations.

This blog was created for my MCOM63 New Media class and I will inform you about the entertaining, fun and interesting things you can do while in Nicaragua. My entire family is from Nicaragua and I have visited several times in my life, with my first visit being when I was 9 months old. Out of my entire family, I am a first-generation born American but love the country my parents came from with all of my heart. I will guide you through the towns, villages, states and cities in Nicaragua and pinpoint important touristy locations in every place.

Feel free to leave me any ideas and fun tips as well!

Happy reading!

Christina