The Corn Islands in Nicaragua are beautiful!!

Yemaya island hideawayUpon arrival at Big Corn you take a cab (5 minutes, 1 USD) to the pier. The prices are fixed so there is no negotiating thank god. The cars are crap, you have to consider that this is a very poor area in Nicaragua and they work with what they have. People were extremely friendly - remember I am blond travelling alone, I never felt unsafe !!

The boat ride from Big Corn to Little Corn is either in a bigger Yacht with inside seating (don´t think of a nice boat) or a lancha with no roof, I had both the lancha going there and the “yacht” coming back.

You arrive at the beach of Little Corn, so you take of your shoes and jump into the clear water and walk to the beach. The managers greet clients with a wet towel and welcome drink at the beach, meanwhile your luggage is brought to the room..

Katrin,

I stayed in Jicaro Lodge!

Jicaro Lodge

Jicaro

15 min scenic boat ride from Granada. Wonderful welcome at the dock with welcome drink

and fresh towel. Staff very friendly, rest and food GREAT!!!

There is no air conditional, but natural ventilation and, above the bed, a fan. I slept great it was not hot at all although it gets pretty hot during the day.Pool are and the whole setting of the island just very nice, natural but luxurious. The Casitas are two story buildings, all are lake front. The bedroom is upstairs, surrounded by windows.

Katrin,

 

The joy of going back

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I was on an experiential inspection trip through Costa Rica & Nicaragua: exploring new adventures, experiencing everything from public boat rides and rustic eco-lodges (with a frog living in my bathroom sink) to stunning luxury boutique properties with serene views & landscapes.

 Highlights:

• The view from Kura Villas, Uvita on the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica
• Experiencing a tropical storm while Kayaking through Mangroves at Marina Ballena Nationalpark
• Discovering Rio Perdido which compares to a natural wonder
• Coffee at sunrise while listening to the jungle awaken, especially the Howler Monkeys
• Snorkeling at Yemaya Island Hideaway on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: pristine beaches and crystal clear water


It takes time to get a sense of a country and its people: Central America has so many more place to discover that I will never get tired of going back !

Katrin,

Reggae night in Leon

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IMG 3527Our last destination in Nicaragua was Leon, such a cool experience…was Leon, a quiet and authentic city where we could feel the real Nicaraguans way of life.

After visiting its colonial-styled churches, we attended a local group concert by night in a little outdoor bar, another opportunity to enjoy the welcoming and the friendliness of this population.  Having a drink and listening reggae music with friends under the starry sky of Leon, such a cool experience…

Marine, French intern in Albee Adventures.

Is this the mouth of hell?

P1020122We also wanted to visit the Masaya Volcano National Park, one of the largest ones in Central America. As we were taken aboard by a friendly worker, we rolled up the 6 km way to the summit, in the back of his pick-up and admiring this “apocalyptic” landscape all around, on the Masaya’s flanks. Many parrots and other wild animals still live there, unthinkable!

Once at the top, it was a little bit harder to breathe well because of the gas getting out of the crater but then, we just stayed open-mouthed, looking up this famous iron cross planted there by the Spanish conquerors to exorcise the volcano, as it was considered as the “mouth of hell”.

Marine, french intern in Albee Adventures.

Our Granada experience

IMG 3080Last week we went to Nicaragua, a very different country from Costa Rica, contrary to what I thought.

First, we walked through the colorful city of Granada, visiting its wonderful churches, before having a memorable boat tour throughout the volcanic islands of Cocibolca Lake. It’s amazing to see how the Mombacho volcano’s lava drew such a beautiful landscape some centuries ago.

From the lake, we enjoyed this amazing view over the town of Granada, with the top of the yellow cathedral sticking out of this green and blue setting.

Marine, French intern in Albee Adventures.