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Undiscovered Nicaragua

Ian and I escape to Nicaragua for two weeks to explore a country almost NO ONE visits. We discovered a land of impossibly friendly locals, beautiful scenery and unexpected adventures!

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Kassandra Magruder
We check out of the hotel bright and early this morning and walk across the street with our belongings. It's a quick and dirty 12-ish hours back to Montana and we arrive home refreshed and happy, …
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Kassandra Magruder
Today is our last day in Nica. We decide that we haven't really had enough time to do any actual shopping. Beyond that first day at the Masaya Market, we haven't purchased anything at all and …
A nice hike with a beautiful view.
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Kassandra Magruder
Finally, it rains today. This is supposed to be the end of rainy season and it's been hot and dry for the past 12 days. And when it rains in the highlands, it really rains! We sleep in, relax and …
In the middle of a large tree.
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Kassandra Magruder
We say goodbye to the warmth of sand and water this morning. We have one final destination on our whirlwind tour of Nicaragua: the mountains near Matagalpa. We aren't really beach people, much …
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Kassandra Magruder
Today, we set our sights on learning to surf! The breaks in front of Monty's are fairly small, great for beginners. Ian and I head out with surf boards and Monty for instruction. He gives us a …
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Kassandra Magruder
I have a penchant for seriously off-the-beaten path locations. Not only do I want to go to Nicaragua, but I want to go to the most remote places in the country. Way up north is a little beach village …
View of the El Calvario Church in Leon.
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Kassandra Magruder
Leon was the heart of the Nicaraguan revolution. It stands in stark contrast to Granada, the seat of the conservative ruling party of several generations past. Leon is non-touristy, where Granada is …
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Kassandra Magruder
We have A LOT of driving to do today. Today will be our longest day. We are essentially going from the south end of the country to the north end, so we expect to spend around 8 hours in the car. It …
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Kassandra Magruder
We say a sad goodbye to our new friends at La Omaja and set out on the ferry once again for the mainland. There isn't too much confusion about our tickets this time and we find ourselves driving …
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Kassandra Magruder
It's been two days since we've seen a volcano, so guess what ... time for another volcano! Ian and I are suckers for mountains, so climbing volcanoes seems the thing to do. The hotel arranges …
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Kassandra Magruder
It's time to say goodbye to Granada and head for our next location - Ometepe Island. We run into our first case of bad luck at the ferry dock - they have no reservation or ticket for us. I show …
Volcan Concepcion
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Kassandra Magruder
Today, we're set for some serious hiking. We don't get as early a start as we'd like (hello hangover!) and we make it to the entrance to Mombacho Volcano at around 10 AM. It takes some …
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Kassandra Magruder
Granada is known for its hundreds of tiny islands, called isletas, protruding into Lake Nicaragua. This body of water is the largest in Central America at 3,191 square miles and was the original …
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Kassandra Magruder
We pick up the rental car bright and early and head straight for shopping. That's right - first day in Central America and I'm dragging Ian to a local market. I LOVE local markets - I could …
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Kassandra Magruder
Tick another country off my list of Central American destinations! Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, now Nicaragua. I'm working my way south. Ian and I are off on our first international trip together …

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