Excellent Adventures: Nicaragua with Michael Libis

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. Known for its beautiful volcanic landscapes, white sand beaches, colonial architecture, and rich culture, Nicaragua has increasingly become an attractive sport for ex-pats and adventure-seeking tourists. Take a look inside the picture-perfect vacation destination with photographer Michael Libis in our latest Excellent Adventure.

Bather - Excellent Adventures - Surfing in Nicaragua

Bather: Where were these pics taken? Area names?

Michael: Most of these pics were taken in and around Playa Maderas, Granada, and Las Penitas.
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B: How did you get to Nicaragua? How was it getting there?

M: The trip down is fairly painless from Toronto. There are some direct flights but most require that you transfer in places like Miami, Houston, Mexico City, or San Salvador. All in, about 7 hours of flying.

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B: What tourist activities and local attractions, like restaurants and shopping areas, do you recommend?

M: Volcano boarding outside of Leon is a big attraction. My personal favorite is renting motorbikes and exploring the volcanic island of Ometepe. Don't forget surfing!

B: Must see/do?

M: Sunset at Playa Maderas, Catamaran tours along the pacific shoreline, Motorbiking on Ometepe, Volcano Boarding

But if you prefer to stay in the local areas, you can spend hours exploring and admiring the architecture, connecting with the locals, and enjoying fresh fruit and authentic Nicaraguan cuisine like gallo pinto or tostones.

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B: Where did you stay?

M: There are tons of accommodation options depending on your budget. I personally love staying at Maderas Village when I'm around San Juan del Sur. It's like a boutique hostel for adults. All the comforts of a hotel, but with all the social elements of a backpackers hostel — a great place to meet new friends and reconnect with old ones. 

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B: 5 adjectives to describe your trip?

M: Relaxing, Fun, Cultural, Adventurous, and Fulfilling.

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