Experiencias Insuperables en Granada, Nicaragua

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Hiking and the Outdoors

By Michelle H. Lombardo

Being in nature is good for your body, mind and soul. Surrounding Granada there are many beautiful and lush settings that allow you to immerse yourself and connect with the land.

There are some exceptional places around the Granada area that are amazing to visit. There are 2 volcanos close by: the first being Volcan Mombacho, a dormant volcano, and besides being a great place to hike, here you can take a coffee plantation tour or have a zip line experience!  On the other hand we have Volcan Masaya, which is an active volcano with lava chambers. The Volcan Masaya is a must at night to see the flowing lava.

If going to a crater lake lagoon is more your style, you can take a trip to La Laguna de Apoyo for some swimming, kayaking, and rest and relaxation under the sun. This is a natural lake that was formed in the crater of the Apoyo Volcano. The warm waters and peaceful setting will relax and refresh your mind.

If you have time and especially if it is green season, you should visit Chocoyero/El Brujo Nature preserve in Ticuantepe which is not too far away and can be combined with a trip to the Masaya Market to view all the work by the local artists and craftsmen from different parts of Nicaragua.

Another wonderful place to visit is Ometepe, an island in Lake Nicaragua that was formed from 2 volcanos rising out of the lake. Here, you can hike up Volcan Concepcion or Volcan Maderas, relax at the beach, and walk around the ecological reserve, Charco Verde that is home to an abundance of wildlife.

For those of you that are more adventurous, Cerro Negro in the Leon area is not only great for hiking, but it is as well a place where you can go sand or volcano boarding!

These places are all easily accessible for both long and short term visits while you enjoy your stay with us.  Condo Hotel Xalteva would be more than happy to help you plan your perfect hike or trips to these destinations and recommend hikes and other places to visit for your next destination as we want you to see and enjoy all the natural beauty that Nicaragua has to offer.

Family moved from USA to Granada, Nicaragua

A family’s move to Nicaragua

Since Kristina Krump and her husband, Nicholas, started dating, they’ve dreamed about leaving Phoenix to live abroad, maybe after sending their last child to college, or in retirement. In the meantime, they and their three boys spend a month every summer in Latin America.

Last year, the family went to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It was a welcome break, Kristina Krump said, from US politics and bad news.

“We didn’t worry about CNN,” Krump said. “We didn’t worry about terrorist attacks. We didn’t worry about mass acts of violence. And we didn’t feel the need to check in on any of that because we were in the moment, in life, and there, everything was good.”

Back home in the US, Krump, a former teacher, worries about the divisiveness the election has stirred up. In Arizona, politics are focused more on the Mexican border and illegal immigration, and less on the black-white divide she grew up with on the East Coast, said Krump, who is African American. Still, with so many shootings in recent years of young, black men by police officers, she fears her biracial sons, aged 7, 9 and 11, could one day be a target.

“I don’t want to have teenage boys in this country, given all that’s happening,” she said. “It just terrifies me.”

So, when Donald Trump was elected president, that was the final straw: His derogatory remarks about women and minorities were too much for her, she said. For the couple, his victory also felt like déjà vu. See, when George W. Bush became the Republican candidate for president in 2000, Krump and her husband said they’d move to Canada if he won. But they never made an escape plan, and when Bush won, they realized they had been kidding themselves.

“This time,” Krump said, “I just looked at him, and I was like, ‘I am for real. We have to get out of here.’”

So, unlike the many people who said they’d leave America under Trump and haven’t, the Krumps are keeping their word. The family is moving in June to Granada, Nicaragua. It’s a tourist town in a country that’s Central America’s poorest, yet second safest. The kids will go to an international school, while Krump, a stay-at-home mom, will volunteer. Her husband, a workplace safety consultant, will fly back to the US when he needs to. They’ll all study Spanish.

“My husband doesn’t speak any outside of just the general: hello, goodbye, thank you, bathroom and beer,” she said.

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