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Granada

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  • Day369

    Granada, Nicaragua

    May 10, 2018 in Nicaragua ⋅

    Flew back to Panama city with a 4 hour wait before our flight to Nicaragua. We’d considered making a quick trip to see the Panama Canal, but read that the city traffic can be awful and didn’t want to miss our connection. Since we’d seen the canal - and loads of ships waiting to pass - from the plane, we convinced ourselves that was close enough.
    We arrived very late to our (very cute) hotel in Granada, but got up early to walk to the main square, cathedral and the old city. It’s incredibly hot and humid here so we’ve been taking it all in at a tropical pace…very slow.
    Granada was founded in 1524 by the Spanish, making it one of the oldest colonial towns in Central America. Apparently, because of the strategic location, it was used as a key shipping point for the Spanish to send much of the plundered gold and silver back home. Because of this, Granada also gained the attention of pirates (AKA the English, Dutch and Portuguese). Even Captain Morgan is reported to have visited here.
    This was a truly charming city that we highly recommend. Most of the buildings are attached, single story houses – usually with a single ornate door and window on the outside. However, each house paints their street-facing wall in a different, pastel color - creating a patchwork of color on each block. Most buildings also have beautiful courtyards behind their walls and often we saw the owners sitting in their rocking chairs in their front rooms watching the world go by.
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  • Day46

    Granada, Nicaragua

    February 15, 2015 in Nicaragua ⋅

    Nadat we terug zijn van de vulkaan gaan we gelijk door naar een prachtig kratermeer. Daar aangekomen is er geen kamer te vinden en slapen we op de grond bij andere backpackers die het zelfde probleem hadden en een apartement hebben gehuurd. Het meer was prachtig en het zoete water was heerlijk om in te zwemmen. Maar 2 nachten op de grond slapen ( bij de vulcaan sliepen we ook op de grond ) was meer dan genoeg dus de volgende dag liften we samen naar het volgende koloniale stadje Granada.

    Granada is een leuk en heerlijke stad. Het voelde een beetje als thuis met allemaal leuke eettentjes, koffietentjes en barretjes. We hebben ons zelf verwend en zijn 's avonds lekker uit eten geweest. Overdag hebben we hier en daar een kopje koffie gedronken en zijn zo langzaam door de stad gaan wandelen ( heel langzaam want het is ook heel warm ). We hebben zo wel de hele stad gezien en zijn alle prachtige kerken binnen gelopen.
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  • Day364

    Granada

    May 15, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅

    Next stop was Granada, another gorgeous old colonial city full of Spanish cathedrals but also some pre-consiquador history. We stayed in probably the nicest hostel of the trip with rooms set around a lovely garden courtyard that was run by a women's cooperative funded from Europe.

    The town itself was nice, but didn't have the coolness of León with all its student influences. Still we spent an enjoyable day exploring the sights, food, shopping, and nightlife. We bought an amazing painting of exotic birds hidden in the jungle - I only wish we had the funds to have bought a bigger version of it.Read more

  • Day276

    Granada, Nicaragua

    June 1, 2015 in Nicaragua ⋅

    We got into Granada and started exploring Nicaragua. Having just came fron Antigua, Granada doesn't seem as charming. However, the locals are very friendly and everything seems to be a little cheaper here. One of the famed local drink is Macua. Got totally hooked on it!

  • Day146

    Granada, Nicaragua

    March 12, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅

    Our first taste of Lake Nicaragua.

    Granada is very similar to Léon in many ways; the culture, the architecture, the density of churches and the heat, oh the heat! It is undoubtedly one of the most well kept towns we have been to, perhaps an obvious indicator of whose dollar this town operates on. The main difference to Léon is that Granada sits right on Lake Nicaragua - the largest lake in Central America. I can't say I was too impressed, given our first impression was a continuous face full of bugs and a foreshore that resembled Orakei basin on a low tide. I still don't understand how such a huge lake is so filthy?!

    It's fair to say we didn't make a huge amount of effort to embrace the culture in Granada. For a reason unbeknownst to me, Granada has developed its tourism industry much more than it's counterpart, with dining and tour prices raised to meet the market as well as the relentless hustle that accompanies it. Oh how I'd kill to delete this part of travel.

    Our accommodation was just outside the tourist area, a relatively new operation called GM Granada, run by a ex-brisbanite and his partner. It had an excellent pool, clean rooms, an operable kitchen, good internet, cold beer and friendly hosts so to be honest we felt we ought to make the most of it.

    We found good value in our comparitively expensive dining here. Our first meal in Granada was burgers at La Frontera; they were delicious, well proportioned and only set us back $6USD per head. Not bad. We also found good mexican at a local chain and some top notch iced coffees at a very westernised cafe. We cooked a lot at the hostel and enjoyed both the meals and getting back in the kitchen. Although omelettes were a poor choice. Everybody knows hostel frying pans have an 'extra stick' coating that put even the toughest of glues to shame.

    Despite how I've made it sound we did get up to some activites in Granada. MERC got going in the flat and finally put together some faster k's...could that be some fitness? We explored town and climbed the bell tower of a church for a buena vista in the setting sun. Cat and I got behind Scotland in the Six Nations, with great hope that they would break England's wretched streak. It was not to be. One afternoon we hopped aboard a river boat for a cruise of some of the 365 isletas that lay green and foresty just inches above the lake. Unfortunately for us, 'some' was an ambiguous word and our 'two hour tour' comprised of a 40 minute tour followed by an hour and a half trapped on an island. Said island did have a pool and overpriced cold beer (as did our hostel), but we were not too pleased about the lack of tour. We confronted our operator at the time of payment and were assured that we had got a better deal than we bargained for; we got extra time on the island! Somehow we could not get across the point that they trapped us there (the boat dropped us off) and we had no say in when we could leave. I needn't explain how that one ended but we did enjoy the short trip we got, especially getting some really close up moments with the monkeys!

    Lago de Apoyo was another draw card in the area so we agreed to visit it as a day trip. We were really hoping Apoyo would raise the bar on Nicaragua's cleanliness! $14US got us a return taxi and a day pass to one of the lakeside hostels. It seemed steep but the priority taxi, free coffee, free kayaks, a great beach and bar set up made it worthwhile. Mike and I got the speedos on for the first time in a while, and were pretty chuffed to get out and back with no more drama than a lung full of lake. We litterally blew a whole day chilling out, reading, eating, swimming (every half hour - it was hot!!), and kayaking. The lake wasn't as immaculate as we had imagined but somehow the ruggedness suited us just fine.

    We left Granada on another chicken bus. (They're starting to stack up now!). We chose an earlier departure over a direct bus just to get out of the hustle. Midway through our trip, we were ejected from the bus in pursuit of our bags, which had made it from the roof of one bus to another in less time than Usain Bolt can cover 100 metres. We tried to hesitate but before we knew it our bags were out of reach, we chased them onto the bus and forked out an unreasonable sum of money for the ride. None of us managed to work out what happened, but we made our destination alright. I miss the air conditioned, hassle free transport of familiar car on familiar roads.
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  • Day29

    Granada

    January 31, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅

    Walked around Granada - ok but Antigua was better.
    So hot all you want to do is sit in a courtyard cafe drinking smoothies.

    The cafes in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua are fabulous and the ones with garden cafes in colonial buildings are the best.

    In the afternoon off to Ometepe Island which is in Lake Nicaragua. Tedious public boat ride to the island - boat was very crowded and there were no seats. Then the kid sitting opposite me vomited.

    Hotel is in the middle of nowhere but right on the lake so might have a chill day tomorrow.
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  • Day20

    Koloniales Flair

    October 30, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅

    1524 errichtet, mehrfach erobert und bis auf die Grundmauern niedergebrannt, trägt Granada nicht zu Unrecht den Titel, als eine der schönsten Städte der neuen Welt und Juwel der spanischen Krone errichtet wotden zu sein.

    Wunderbare farbenfrohen Altbauten, herrschaftliche Häuser die noch immer den Glanz vergangener Zeiten ausstrahlen. Eine Mischung aus mittelalterlichem italienischem Städtchen und La Havana (nur nicht so verfallen wie seine kubanische Schwester)

    Und V.a. Noch kaum touristisch!

    Und man merkt hier auch, dass das Land - oder vorerst zumindest die Region - wirklich sicherer ist, als Guatemala: keine Wachmänner an allen Ecken und Enden, Nachtspaziergänge durch die Stadt ohne Angst haben zu müssen und -wie in Havana - spielt sich das gesamte Leben auf der Straße ab. Herrlich verzierte schmiedeeiserne Gitter verkleiden Fenster und Türen der Häuser, die zumeist offen stehen, um das Geschehen auf der Straße mit zu erleben. Die Wohnzimmer sind zumeist prachtvoll eingerichtet, in Schaukelstühlen aus tropischem Edelholz lässt man den Abend ausklingen
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  • Day207

    Feliz navidad desde Nicaragua

    December 24, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅

    Mir wünsched allne frohi Wiehnachte!

    "Wenn uns bewusst wird, dass die Zeit, die wir uns für einen anderen Menschen nehmen, das Kostbarste ist, das wir schenken können, haben wir den Sinn der Weihnacht verstanden".

  • Day114

    Nicaragua, Granada

    January 17, 2018 in Nicaragua ⋅

    Nach der niederschmetternden Erfahrung der Volunteer Arbeit war ich etwas entmutigt.
    Mit Reiseführer und Brownie habe ich mich im Hostel verkrochen und überlegt was ich die nächste Zeit machen kann.
    Erstmal noch drei Nächte hier bleiben und nichts tun!
    Meine Laune wurde von Tag zu Tag besser, ich habe nette Leute kennengelernt und ein Plan hatte ich mittlerweile auch ;-)
    Tief überwunden - sehr gut !
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  • Day228

    Gastbeitrag Jacqueline und Silvan

    January 14, 2018 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Mir dörfed üsen zweite Gastbitrag veröffentliche. Dä Silvan und d Jacqueline händ es super Video vo üsere gmeinsame Reis durch Nicaragua gmacht und än poetische Text in Dütsch und Englisch gschriebe. Mir händ mega Freud, danke vielmal!

    Dä Link zum Video:https://vimeo.com/258438927
    Passwort: nicaflow

    Text in English:

    Go with the Nica-flow

    Nica memories keep the mind-body warm in winter solstice
    like that salsa picante drop,
    beach bonfire,
    heating the tongue &
    reinvigorating the mind.

    Drifting on a latin-caribbean float,
    Nicaragua is a colorful refreshing pico de gallo
    Folded tortilla-style between the north and south
    We splashed into an exciting Nica smoothie,
    blending agua de coco, piña and cacao intenso.

    Nica is light & bold.
    Warm-hearted like the fire roasted coffee bean of
    Finca La Lotteria (= the lottery farm)
    And the winner is….
    all of us!
    We are rich.
    Our pockets full of gratitude, humility and genuine kindness
    from the Nicaraguan people.
    We observed the coffee farmer, Agustin Rivera, the artisan at work.
    One who nourishes and respects the Earth
    and in return is rewarded sweet jewels & friendships.

    People smile. Parrots say bueno. Dog whiskers tickle your feet. Monkeys give you showers.
    Rainbow doors & school buses are as colorful, bright & open as the people themselves.
    Laid back & cool
    Swinging on rocking chairs & woven hammocks
    Flowing with the wind as they greet passers-by,
    with a look,
    a nod,
    a wave,
    a ‘hasta luego..!’

    One walks by through doors wide open
    no barriers between one another
    colors and people simply blend
    in static sound waves of engines and reggae(ton)
    Mozambique rhythm
    Laughter

    In water, people gather.
    Fish, dive, sail, kayak, swim, float, play, shower—shampoo, chips, footballs & cows included.

    People above water
    mirror the melange underwater.
    Patches of coral forest,
    house nurse sharks, tiger eels, butterfly fishes.

    We fluttered like clouds underwater
    and danced with clouds above the treelines.

    The Nica volcanos
    were approachable ladies and gentlemen.
    Dancing in a line
    Wearing their smoking attire
    Black rocky skirts, perfect for twirling downhill
    Cloudy top hats
    Their mouths with bad breath
    covered in jungle beards
    & indigenous creatures
    that buzz, chirp, cock-a-doodle-doo, screech
    trying to tell you something.

    Eruptions are the Earth’s way to hotly say,
    ‘MAKE ROOM FOR THE NEW !’
    Just like the Expresso bus man.

    Nica was a fiesta of waves that
    shake you
    slap you
    splash you
    engulf you
    'til you’re all in
    and totally soaked.

    With Sabina+Suti super duo,
    ways were clear
    town hopping seamless
    We were go with the nica-flow
    with two seasoned nomadic guides
    their packs and minds full of new places
    Rolling Spanish like locals
    ‘Si es posible !’
    Exploring jungle like no other Jones,
    fearless to tackle the long bumpy roads
    and stream through unknown waters.

    With Sabina and Fabian,
    we found
    balance
    sun & shooting stars
    nature beyond crowds
    thrill & chill
    go & still
    babel & peace.

    Thank you, Amiga, Amigo, for taking us to and through Nicaragua—our first of many central american roasts! ;-)

    Text in Deutsch:

    'Geh mit dem Nica-Flow'

    Nica-Erinnerungen halten Körper und Geist im Winter warm
    wie dieser pikante Salsatropfen,
    das Lagerfeuer am Strand,
    die Zunge wärmend und
    wiederbelebend für den Geist.

    Treiben auf einem karibischen Floss,
    Nicaragua ist ein farbenfrohes und erfrischendes Pico de Gallo
    Gefaltetes Tortilla zwischen Norden und Süden
    Wir tauchten in einen aufregenden Nica-Smoothie,
    Mischen Agua de Coco, Piña und Kakao Intenso.

    Nica ist leicht und kühn.
    Warmherzig wie über dem Feuer geröstete Kaffeebohnen von
    Finca La Lotteria
    Und der Gewinner ist….
    wir alle!
    Wir sind reich.
    Unsere Taschen voller Dankbarkeit, Demut und aufrichtiger Freundlichkeit
    von den nicaraguanischen Leuten.
    Wir beobachteten den Kaffeebauer, Agustin Rivera, den Handwerker bei der Arbeit.
    Einer, der die Erde nährt und respektiert
    und dafür mit süßen Juwelen und Freundschaften belohnt wird.

    Leute lächeln. Papageien sagen bueno. Schnurrhaare kitzeln deine Füße. Affen geben dir Duschen.
    Regenbogentüren und Schulbusse sind so bunt, hell und offen wie die Menschen selbst.
    Gelassen und cool
    Schwingen auf Schaukelstühlen und gewebten Hängematten
    Fließen mit dem Wind, während sie Passanten grüßen,
    mit einem Blick,
    einem Nicken,
    einem Händedruck,
    einem 'hasta luego ..!'

    Man geht durch weit geöffnete Türen
    keine Barrieren zwischen einander
    Farben und Menschen vermischen sich einfach
    in Schallwellen von Motoren und Reggae(ton)
    Mosambik-Rhythmus
    Lachen

    Im Wasser versammeln sich Menschen.
    Fischen, tauchen, segeln, Kajak fahren, schwimmen, treiben, spielen,
    Duschen---Shampoo, Chips und Kühe inklusive.

    Menschen über Wasser
    Sie spiegeln die Vielfalt unter Wasser.
    Flecken von Korallenwald
    beherbergen Ammenhaie, Tigeraale und Schmetterlingsfische.

    Wir flatterten wie Wolken unter Wasser
    und tanzten mit Wolken über den Baumwipfeln.

    Die Nica-Vulkane
    waren zugängliche Damen und Herren
    in einer Linie tanzend
    Sie tragen ihre Smoking Kleidung
    Schwarze, sandige Röcke, ideal fürs abwärts wirbeln
    Bewölkte Zylinderhüte
    Ihr Mund mit schlechtem Atem
    mit Dschungelbärten bedeckt
    und einheimische Kreaturen
    dieses Summen, Zwitschern, cock-a-doodle-doo, Kreischen
    Sie versuchen dir etwas zu sagen.

    Eruptionen sind der Weg der Welt zu sagen,
    "Mach Raum für das Neue!"
    Genau wie der Expresso-Busmann.

    Nica war eine Fiesta der Wellen, die
    schütteln dich
    klatschen dich
    bespritzen dich
    verschlingen dich
    Bis du voll dabei bist
    und total durchnässt.

    Mit dem Superduo Sabina + Suti
    Wege waren klar
    Stadt-Hopping war nahtlos
    Wir waren mit dem Nica-Flow unterwegs
    mit zwei erfahrenen Nomadenführern
    ihre Rucksäcke und Köpfe voller neuen Orten
    Rollendes Spanisch wie Einheimische
    "Si es posible!"
    Dschungel erforschen wie kein anderer Jones,
    furchtlos, um die langen holprigen Straßen zu bewältigen
    und durch unbekanntes Gewässer zu strömen.

    Mit Sabina und Fabian
    fanden wir
    Balance
    Sonne und Sternschnuppen
    Natur jenseits von Massen
    Nervenkitzel und Chill
    Abenteuer und Ruhe
    Babel und Frieden.

    Danke, Amiga, Amigo, dass ihr uns nach und durch Nicaragua gebracht habt - unsere Erste von vielen zentralamerikanischen Röstungen! ;-)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Granada, Горад Гранада, Гранада, Γρανάδα, Granado, グラナダ, გრანადა, 그라나다, Гранадæ, گرینادا، نکاراگوا, 格拉纳达

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