This is the first post in a four-part virtual travel series where I will share recipes, photographs and blogs of some of my most memorable destinations.
The first destination is Nicaragua. I visited this beautiful country 3 years ago and immediately fell in love. It offers cloud forests, volcanoes and beaches similar to its more popular neighbor, Costa Rica, but without the price tag. Tourism is still very new for this country so it lacks organization and infrastructure. You have to be patient and kind. Nevertheless, it’s well worth it.
FEATURED RECIPE: BUTTERNUT SQUASH PASTA + CASHEW ALFREDO SAUCE
One of the oldest towns in all of Central America, Granada was an important port city during colonialism. It features Spanish colonial architecture dating back from the 1500s. The streets are lined with pastel coloured buildings and there are several restaurants and cafes to enjoy.
ISLA DE OMETEPE
Isla de Ometepe is an island made up of two volcanoes surrounded by a lake. The surrounding beach features black sand as seen in the pictures created by the volcanic ash. There are national parks that you can explore to see the wildlife.
On the east coast of Nicaragua, Gigante is a sleepy surf town. A lot of great beaches that are undisturbed and still underdeveloped. If you’re looking for night life, you’ll have to look elsewhere. This is a more chill at the beach and paddle board kinda town. The hotel I stayed, Aqua Wellness Resort offers a private beach and tree house villas. .
Masaya Volcano National Park features an active volcano which last erupted in 2008. The sulphur fumes are so potent, you can only drive there and cannot stay up for too long. I visited during the day; however, a friend suggested going at night where you can see the bright red orange lava.