Nicaragua Journals

A Tour of the Mountains and Oceans of Nicaragua

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A June 2009 trip to Nicaragua by RoBoNC

San Juan del Sur Photo, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua More Photos
Quote: Nicaragua has a lot more to offer than just Managua. The mountains offer everything for the naturalist and for the cigar connoisseur. Then relax and catch some sun on one of the many different beaches.

San Juan del Sur's Statue of Jesus

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Suzuki Alto Photo, Nicaragua, Central America
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Situated on a hilltop overlooking the crescent bay of San Juan del Sur is a towering statue of Jesus Christ. It is the second largest statue of Jesus in the world. The largest statue being Christ the Redeemer located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. That statue rises 130 feet tall overlooking the city and it is important symbol of Catholicism. The statue serves the same purpose in San Juan del Sur. We visited San Juan del Sur in June of 2009 and the statue was barely two months old. It was completed sometime in April set to debut for Easter. The statue is so new that most travel sites and books do not even mention it. I noticed it while I was lying on the beach, and it appeared to be a s...Read More

A Local's Perspective of Jinotega

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Cliffhanger Photo, Nicaragua, Central America
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The mountains of Nicaragua, which offers some of the best views of the country and is a bird watchers paradise, is also the least visited by tourists. Tourism has yet to reach this part of the country. We ended up traveling to this region because we knew someone who lived there. Before we left on our trip, a co-worker of mine told me that his sister lives and owns a business in Jinotega, a mountain village north of Matagalpa. For months, we communicated by email and she assisted us by giving us suggestions as to where to eat, sleep, and sites to visit. We planned to drive up to Jinotega and it was going to be nice to have our own personal tour guide. After we got checked in to the Se...Read More

A Tour of Three Different Cathedrals

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Cathedral San Juan Photo, Nicaragua, Central America
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The cathedrals in the mountain towns of Matagalpa, Jinotega, and Esteli may not be the largest, oldest, or most historically significant such as the National Cathedral in Managua or Leon’s cathedral, which is the biggest in all of Central America. However, these cathedrals contain the most unique architecture of any building within the towns and their size in relation to the other buildings make it appear that they are larger than they are. Matagalpa is Nicaragua’s fifth largest city and the most important in this mountainous region. The Cathedral of San Pedro is clearly the city’s most important landmark. The cathedral was built in 1874 and is the third largest in the country. It is ...Read More

Hotel Casablanca

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Hotel | "An Affordable Hotel Just a Few Steps from the Beach"

Hotel Casablanca Photo, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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In the beachside town of San Juan del Sur on the main street is the Hotel Casablanca. Hotels in this region range from the cheap hostel to a few upscale resorts. If you are looking for something in between and don’t want to sacrifice any of the amenities, then the Hotel Casablanca fits that category. The hotel is conveniently located on the main in road in town and a short walk across the road leads to the beach. The hotel offers fourteen rooms consisting of single, double, and family rooms. We reserved a double room, but since they were all booked, we were put in a family room for the double price. The room had two double beds and a bunk bed. The room comes equipped with air conditi...Read More

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Hotel Casablanca

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
+505-568-2135

Selva Negra Mountain Resort and Coffee Plantation

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Hotel | "A Rustic Hotel Offering Adventure and Relaxation"

Selva Negra Mountain Resort and Coffee Plantation Photo, Matagalpa, Nicaragua
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Situated in the mountains of Nicaragua is a coffee plantation and mountain resort called the Selva Negra. There aren’t many hotels in this mountainous area, so it gets most of the business from tourists. This region also gets overlooked by many tourists who prefer to either visit Managua or the historical towns of Leon and Grenada. However, the mountains provide some of the best scenery in the country. The Selva Negra is located about halfway between Matagalpa and Jinotega. The resort is about a two hour drive from Managua. From the road that leads you into Matagalpa, there will be a gas station on your left and a sign guiding you toward Jinotega. A fifteen minute drive will lead ...Read More

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Selva Negra Mountain Resort and Coffee Plantation
Km 140 Matagalpa-Jinotega Highway
Matagalpa, Nicaragua
+505-2772-3883