Nicaragua – Quick Crazy Travel Ur Dreams
Quick Crazy moments in time in Nicaragua
Hanging out on the porch at Nena Lodge in El Castillo Nicaragua. This is our official home base while in Nicaragua. The Obregon family all pitch in to run the rustic yet comfortable lodge. It’s right across street from the Rio San Juan, just a short walk from the ferry boat landing. Take a once in a lifetime nature tour with Seyla by boating up the river to the awe inspiring Refugio Bartola. www.nenalodge.com
Tia Elizabeth shows the kids how quickly she can learn to ride a horse. It was a fun afternoon hanging out up river at the Obregon Family Finca. Seyla brought along a spotting scope for bird watching and everyone who wanted, got their turn on the horse. Family moments like this are priceless. www.nenalodge.com
If Tia Elizabeth can do it, so can Isabella. She gets her turn on horseback. A wonderful afternoon at the Obregon Family Finca on the Rio San Juan just up river from El Castillo. We took a boat from Nena Lodge and explored this beautiful countryside. www.nenalodge.com
On a boat tour with Nena Lodge and Tours in El Castillo Nicaragua. Seyla took us to a clear water swimming hole in the Refugio Bartola. The kids swam and we watched the howler monkeys. Another great day on the road! www.nenalodge.com
Standing on top of the old fort, Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepion, in El Castillo Nicaragua. Built in the 1600’s to protect the city of Granada from pirates coming from the Caribbean Sea, the fort sits high above the Rio San Juan and the Raudal del Diablo rapids. Inside the fort is a cool museum and a library. When visiting El Castillo we always stay at Nena Lodge, just a couple minutes walk from the fort. www.nenalodge.com
Travelurdreams… We parked Eldo in the side yard of a small family tienda while we took the Nena Lodge boat to El Castillo. The Rio San Juan flows from Lake Nicaragua into the Caribbean Sea. Nicaragua owns the waters while Costa Rica is allowed by treaty to use it for commercial navigation. This is a beautiful area that takes it ecology seriously and encourages eco-tourists to visit and explore the unspoiled rivers and rainforests. There are locally run lodges and small family restaurants and markets; making this the perfect place to turn back time, feel at one with ancient nature, and still have some of the comforts you seek to find while adventuring. We love to stay with the Obregon family at Nena Lodge. Seyla Obregon is one of the areas best ecotour operators and guides. Her lifetime knowledge of the area and charming personality make taking one of her tours a life changing experience. www.nenalodge.com
Eldo gets to board the Boca de Sabalos river ferry on her way to El Castillo Nicaragua. Her tires are a little worn after 30,000 miles of adventuring. It was a long and bumpy ride to this point, and it got even bumpier on the far side of the river. The payoff was SO worth it. We drove as far as we could, parked Eldo, and took the Nena Lodge boat the remainder of the way up the Rio San Juan. This truly was an amazing journey through unspoiled jungle and river to encounter the natural wonders of El Castillo, Refugio Bartola, The Indio Maiz Biological Reserve, and endless other nature preserves. This area of Nicaragua became one of our favorite places in the world. Go Eldo!! www.nenalodge.com
The bread bike makes it up a steep hill. I don’t know who was more surprised… us seeing a bike loaded with hundred loaves of bread in the middle of nowhere… or the bread bike man seeing a Jeep Cherokee with Florida license plates driving by. We give and we receive strange looks everywhere we drive… but almost always they are followed by a smile and a wave, making us truly feel at home even in the most remote exotic locations. We are beginning to feel like citizens of the world!
Granada Nicaragua has a nice blend of culture and tourism. The main street is a pedestrian mall with shops and sidewalk cafes and bars. Look for good happy hour deals, and don’t be afraid to ask for and shop around a bit for the best ones. It’s always confusing to decide how to handle a roving mariachi band… On one hand, you want to show appreciation and acknowledge their talent… on the other hand, the can be persistent as a seagull and swoop down upon you if you show the slightest interest. Then it becomes almost impossible to shake them. Our strategy here is to stare passionately at our beer, hoping to not be noticed and let the next table take the hit. On this occasion it worked out for us.