Somoto Canyon: unmissable adventurous canyon trip in the Northern Highlands

If you ask me, I would say the northern part of Nicaragua is underestimated. Since a lot of Nica travelers fly over for about 3 weeks, they try to squeeze in a couple of cities, volcanoes and beach fun before they take the plane back.

That’s a pity, because the Northern Highlands offer misty cloud forests, idyllic country side landscapes with the best coffee and tobacco plantations, and beautiful valleys and canyons. One of those canyons is the Canyon de Somoto. If you are looking for some action in and around the river, this canyon is the place to go to.

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Bluefields and beyond: How to reach East coast of Nicaragua

As you could read in the blog about Little Corn Island  the East coast of Nicaragua is the perfect getaway for a couple days (or weeks) of beach fun with plenty of sun, cocktails, sharks, coconuts, Rondon and snorkeling.

However, the East coast is quite hard to reach since the majority of the land is covered by jungle and mangroves.

If you have time and want to explore the East part with it’s beaches and jungle, the city of Bluefields is a good starting point. This town is situated in the middle of the coastline. It’s at the end of the Rio Escondido river, in the Bluefields Bay. From there you can arrange a panga (boat) and head to the Pearl Lagoon in the North, or take the ferry to Big Corn Island.

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Bryce Canyon: Camping in the snow, hiking in the heat

With more than 84 million acres of national parks in the United States, it might be harder than you think to decide where to go on your roundtrip. It is difficult for me to make a top 3 for you, since the parks are so different from each other. You are probably heading for the well known Grand Canyon. If so, there is one park you must visit along the way: Bryce Canyon in Utah.

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Escape the touristy beaches of East Mexico: flee to Isla Holbox

The East Coast of Mexico is well known for its long stretched white sand beaches, azul blue sea, ceviches, and of course wild nightlife. This has to do with the hundreds of Americans that celebrate Spring Break in Cancún or Playa del Carmen.

Not looking for another week full of screaming, drunk, sun burned tourists but looking for a nice beach and beautiful nature?
Isla Holbox is your answer.

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The rough west coast of Nicaragua; surfers paradise

Nicaragua is captured by 2 oceans: First you have the 50 shades of blue, easy snorkling Carribean sea at the East coast.
The sand is white, palm trees wave in the wind, fisherboats pass by searching for lobsters.
And then there is the rough West coast. No white sand and palm trees here, large beaches of vulcanic gray sand stretch out.
Lots of wind and rocks cause the sea to start creating waves, big waves that is.

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How to travel the national parks in the U.S.A. on a budget

Dreaming about hiking the steep paths of the Grand Canyon, visiting the enormous Salt Water Basin in the Death Valley, and measuring the huge trees in Sequoia Tree Park?

Afraid it’s out of your reach since traveling to and in the United States can get pretty expensive?

No more reasons to keep dreaming, start realizing your trip!

We enjoyed a 4 week holiday traveling through the South-West states of California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah and spent $3780 (€3300) for 2 persons including the flight ticket from and to Amsterdam.
$3600, that means less than $1900 per person for a month full of natural beauty and adventure including everything you dreamed of. Let me tell you how you can do this too!

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