Get wet and dirty: hike towards Cascada Arcoiris in Reserva de Biósfera Bosawás, Nicaragua

Yes, I guess you got the point while reading my blogs. My boyfriend and I love hiking.
And since the area around Matagalpa, in the Northern Highlands of Nicaragua, is home to almost 50 waterfalls, we decided to hike towards one of the biggest: Cascada Arcoiris (the Rainbow Waterfall). It is not a difficult trail, but the mud makes it very interesting.

Want to get wet and dirty? Read on.

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Cows, pigs and a lot of beans and potatoes: the rustic countryside of Miraflor, Nicaragua

Imagine greener than green hills, a blue sky and a grazing cattle in the valley below. Birds flying by, you hear a horse neigh from somewhere behind you. For a second I found myself in the mountains of Switzerland or Austria, however, we were hiking the Northern Highlands of Nicaragua.
If you want to clear your mind, get rid of the tourists in the colonial cities of Nicaragua, Miraflor is where you will have to go.

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Relax and enjoy the Caribbean vibe: Little Corn Island

Had it all with after a couple tough weeks of hiking, climbing, city tripping and horse riding in Nicaragua? Holiday time it is! And the East coast is where you want to go. You will find beautiful white sandy beaches, waving palm trees, azul blue sea and on top of that a taste of the extremely relaxed Caribbean vibe.

Sounds good, right? We thought so. Looking for a place to restore and completely reload? Head to Isla de Maïz Pequeña: Little Corn Island.

There is only a tiny hiccup: the journey to this bounty island is quite challenging.

No worries: I summed it all up for you. If you take the easy road, you’ll get there in a couple hours. Otherwise, in 2 days. 

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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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Playa del Este: Cuban style beach holiday

When entering Havana you will notice it immediately: there’s a grayish haze hanging above the city. A result of years and years of pollution.

This results in the fact that streets and buildings literally color 50 shades of gray.

And even though the beautiful, brightly painted old timers bring charm and nostalgia, as soon as they pass you, they quickly disappear in a thin blue line of exhaust gases. Leaving you breathing for air.

Luckily Havana is situated at the North-West coast of Cuba. During the hot and smoggy summer months (July-August) the citizens of Havana flee the city to one of the beaches east of the city: the beaches of Playa del Este.

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