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international women's day in Nicaragua
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  One day out of 365 isn’t nearly enough; one month out of 12 doesn’t begin to cut it. But, Green Nica would like to extend this small token of gratitude and appreciation to the women of Nicaragua and wish them a Happy International Women’s Day! The reality for women in Nicaragua is not always easy. The […]

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Hiking to the cross in matagalpa
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  Hiking to the Cruz de Apante, the giant cross overlooking Matagalpa, in the Cerro Apante Reserve on the outskirts of town is a must-do. The views of the city and surrounding mountains are one-of-a-kind, and the flora and fauna on the way up make for a spectacular 2-3 hour hike. You can book a […]

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Natural mosquito repellent
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  As promised in my previous post on the Zika virus scare, I have done a little research into DEET-free mosquito repellents. And, the consensus in the anti-DEET community seems to be that essential oils are the way to go. There are a number of essential oils that are effective against mosquitoes and other nasty […]

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Zika virus dangers
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When bug spray is worse than the bugs it kills.   Zika, Zika, ZIKA!!! The end is nigh; the first horseman of the apocalypse is here. And, its name is Zika. Every few years, we hear of a health scare that everyone is sure will bring on the Zombie Apocalypse: Swine Flu, Bird Flu and […]

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Spanish School Nicaragua
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  Escape from the heat and tourism touts of Granada, and the rest of Nicaragua, and learn Spanish at La Mariposa Spanish School, an oasis in the hills. Rest easy in a shaded hammock, knowing that every dollar you’ve spent goes back to preserving the breathtaking nature around you and the local people who call […]

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Pinolillo Recipe
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  “Soy puro Pinolero; ¡Nicaragüense por gracia de Dios!” (I´m a pure Pinolero; Nicaraguan by the grace of God!) – Tino López Guerra The words of this famous Nicaraguan song show just how close Pinolillo is to the heart of Nicaraguans and their national identity. Pinolillo is a traditional drink made of corn and cocoa mixed […]

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Coffee Tour Matagalpa Nicaragua
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  If you’re looking for a great coffee tour in Matagalpa, The Creation of Pinolillo and Mocha tour by Matagalpa Tours is the perfect option. Visit a local chocolate factory, learn to make the traditional drink Pinolillo and tour a beautiful family-run coffee plantation.  Explore the world of coffee and chocolate and get a behind-the-scenes […]

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Coffee Crisis Tourism in Northern Nicaragua
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This article was written by Green Nica’s Tracy Johnson and originally published by Sustainability Leaders.    While the world was gripped by the fear of a possible Y2K catastrophe, the turn of the millennium would mark a much graver problem for the farmers of northern Nicaragua. The year 2000 saw the beginning of a coffee […]

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matagalpa tours nicaragua
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  As international tourists flock to the southern half of Nicaragua, the culturally – and agriculturally – rich north still remains largely off the tourism radar. But for the last eight years, Matagalpa Tours has been helping to change that, offering a variety of things to do in northern Nicaragua. As the first tour operator […]

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Matagalpa Northern Nicaragua
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    The first thing I noticed was the air. As the big yellow school bus that serves as public transportation chugged its way north, the dust cleared and the stinging in my nostrils stopped. I inhaled a lungful of fresh mountain air. That was when the love affair began. A look out the window […]

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Nicaraguan Food
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You can’t VISIT NICARAGUA without trying these local favorites. Cheap and delicious, these traditional Nicaraguan dishes are a treat for any palate.     – Gallo Pinto. Every latin country has their version of rice and beans, and this is Nicaragua’s. The red beans are cooked with onions, garlic and spices and mixed with white […]

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Communidad Connect blends volunteer work with leisure travel in Nicaragua to change the lives of people all over the country.   Voluntourism, the combination of volunteer work and leisure travel, is a popular way to volunteer in Nicaragua and one of the fastest growing niches in the travel industry. It is also one of the most […]

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Fishing San Juan del Sur
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Sometimes it all just comes together beautifully. A great day of fishing in San Juan del Sur at half the normal price!   When people think of San Juan del Sur they think of Sunday Funday hostel parties, surf trips to the nearby beaches and lazy days recovering on the sandy crescent beach in town. […]

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Parrot Resort
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Can a large-scale resort truly go green???   Small eco-lodges, eco-villas and nature retreats are nothing new, with more popping up everyday. But, is it possible to apply a holistic sustainability approach to a large-scale 4-star resort? Gerardus Dirks, CEO of Parrot Resorts Management Group in Granada, Nicaragua thinks so. The Green Revolution is here, […]

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Where to Go in Nicaragua
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Why visit Nicaragua? Simple answer: Because it has everything. The list of things to do and where to go in Nicaragua is endless; “The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes” doesn’t begin to describe what the country has to offer. Unfortunately, ‘The Land of Lakes, Volcanoes, Beaches, Islands, Colonial Cities, Rainforests and Smiling Faces” doesn’t have […]

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San Juan del Sur Beach
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  Twenty years ago, San Juan del Sur was just another tiny fishing village on Nicaragua’s southwest coast. But, as is often the case, it was eventually discovered by international surfers chasing unknown breaks and less crowded beaches and, well, the rest is history. Ask a local and they’ll tell you that as recently as […]

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Things to do San Juan del Sur
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  If you’re like me and you are neither an avid surfer nor a big-time partier, you can be left wondering what to do in San Juan del Sur. Here are a few suggestions of things to do in San Juan del Sur:   1. Go Horsebackriding – Rancho Chilamate is an eco-ranch located 20 […]

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Responsible Travel Tips
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  I’ve spent almost a decade living and traveling all over the world. And, I would be lying if I said that it was all done responsibly. The fact is, it was only after years of working in tourism destinations and seeing firsthand the destructive power tourism can have that I had my wake-up call. […]

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