Nicaragua: A Photo Essay

Hanging by the pool at Isleta el Espino [/caption]

Nicaragua has been on my bucket list for years, from before we moved to Raleigh, NC, which puts it over 6 years of (wander)lusting over photos and Nicaragua travel itineraries. 

When I saw a sub $200 flight deal come across my inbox, I jumped and somehow talked Jeremy into it. Initially we agreed on the timing, but I kept the destination secret until about 2 weeks before the trip. As I was discussing what we were going to do with Miller, our dog, I let it slip. Wah, wah. 

This was one of the few places on the travel list this year that I had yet to visit and also a destination we had discussed for our wedding, so I was excited to explore. 

In my mind, I envisioned it to be just like Costa Rica, just not as expensive, but I found that it had so many of its own things going for it and in many ways differed from its southern neighbor. From Lake Nicaragua to the plethora of amazing eco-lodges and the wild coastline, Nicaragua enchanted. I will be back next week with our itinerary and background, but just wanted to jump in and share some of our favorite moments from the trip. 

Hope you enjoy! 

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  The bar at Isleta el Espino  The bar at Isleta el Espino [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Hanging in the hammocks at Isleta el Espino  Hanging in the hammocks at Isleta el Espino [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Taking in the views of Mombacho  Taking in the views of Mombacho [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Epic sunsets on Lake Nicaragua  Epic sunsets on Lake Nicaragua [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Reading at Isleta el Espino  Reading at Isleta el Espino [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Horseback riding to Laguna de Apoyo  Horseback riding to Laguna de Apoyo [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Taking the views and learning about Laguna de Apoyo  Taking the views and learning about Laguna de Apoyo [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Morning kayaks on Lake Nicaragua  Morning kayaks on Lake Nicaragua [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Bungalow at Isleta el Espino  Bungalow at Isleta el Espino [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Headed to the party in Granada  Headed to the party in Granada [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  The streets of Granada, Nicaragua  The streets of Granada, Nicaragua [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Smoothie bowls at Pitaya Bowls, Granada  Smoothie bowls at Pitaya Bowls, Granada [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Leaving Pitaya Bowls ready to explore  Leaving Pitaya Bowls ready to explore [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  All of the colors and textures of Granada, Nicaragua  All of the colors and textures of Granada, Nicaragua [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Making friends with the pups in Granada, Nicaragua  Making friends with the pups in Granada, Nicaragua [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Granada in bloom  Granada in bloom [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Evening hangs on the streets of Granada  Evening hangs on the streets of Granada [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Sweet pups curious what I am doing  Sweet pups curious what I am doing [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Early morning hikes on the Nicaraguan coast  Early morning hikes on the Nicaraguan coast [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  The bay of Gigante, Nicaragua  The bay of Gigante, Nicaragua [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Sunsets on the beach at Aqua Nicaragua Wellness  Sunsets on the beach at Aqua Nicaragua Wellness [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Treehouses of Aqua Wellness Resort  Treehouses of Aqua Wellness Resort [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Breakfast in the pool in the treehouse  Breakfast in the pool in the treehouse [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  The best breakfast in Nicaragua  The best breakfast in Nicaragua [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  A bunch of nerds for you if you made it this far  A bunch of nerds for you if you made it this far [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Monkeys joining us for breakfast  Monkeys joining us for breakfast [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Evening beach walks in Gigante, Nicaragua  Evening beach walks in Gigante, Nicaragua [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Watching the surfers in Popoyo, Nicaragua  Watching the surfers in Popoyo, Nicaragua [/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"]  Views of Popoyo, Nicaragua  Views of Popoyo, Nicaragua [/caption]

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