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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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