Sunday, February 19, 2012

All work and no play.....

Well, you know… makes you dull….. So, what can you do to liven up the research when you are checking out Nicaragua? There are so many options its crazy.

When was the last time that you looked down into the jaws of an active volcano? Take a trip to the Masaya volcano and you can do that. Tours can easily be arranged with one of the many tour companies or if you are really adventurous you can take the “chicken bus” and walk up the approximately 4km road to the top. There is an interesting Interpretive Centre about 1/3 of the way up if you need to rest for a while. For a more thrilling adventure then you can take a night tour which includes hikes to the summit, a tour of the bat cave, and a view down to the glowing lava at the bottom of one of the craters.

Have you tried zip lining yet? No? Then check out Café Las Flores Canopy Adventure and get your adrenaline thumping! Their webpage says, “There are 16 stations, 6 zip lines, a walking wire called “Double Cross”, an optional game “Boomerang”, a “Tarzan Swing” and a vertical rappel descent”. We did this tour when they were “Mombotour” and were impressed with their professionalism and eye for the safety of the participants.

When was the last time you had a romantic carriage ride with your sweetie? Granada has a number of carriages available for hire and is a pleasant way to spend an hour. They are waiting for you at the Central Square.

Is surfing your deal – well, there is an abundance of beaches at your disposal. Playa Madera near San Juan del Sur is a hit with many but not to be forgotten is Las Peñitas about ½ hour from León. Then there’s the Atlantic coast…. Check out the Surf Report, grab your surfboard and head for the waves!

These are just a few of the many activities that you can enjoy while you are scoping out a place to call home. What did you enjoy on your last visit to Nicaragua?