Yes, I’m already thinking ahead to 2020. It’s probably good because I’m surprised at how many hotels are already sold out in places for next February and March.
After a bit of research, we’re 99% sure we’re going to go to Nicaragua. I decided on Granada since it has all the history and is safer than the capital. It’s also popular with tourists and safety here is our number one concern. We don’t plan on renting a car. For safety reasons, we’ll do tours, use taxis, and maybe a bus. I’m still looking to see if I can find a day tour to Costa Rica, but I’m not sure if that will happen.
I have some travel books already, but I found some pictures using bing to share. *I do not own these and all were on bing images.*
Granada is historically one of Nicaragua’s most important cities, economically and politically. It has a rich colonial heritage, seen in its architecture and structure.
Granada had a thriving Indigenous population. In 1524, the city was renamed Granada, by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, ostensibly the first European city in mainland America. Unlike other cities that claim the same distinction, the city of Granada was not only the settlement of the conquest, but also a city registered in official records of the Crown of Aragon, and the Kingdom of Castile in Spain. (from wikipedia)
Granada is located along the coast of the Lake Nicaragua (a.k.a. Lake Cocibolca), the world’s twentieth largest lake.
We’re hoping to take a boat tour. I saw that there is one that takes you to this little island of rescued monkeys that you can actually feed! That is my number one choice of things to do. I will not be swimming in the lake since they actually have bull sharks that are in the shallows. There are not as many as their used to be, but the got in all the way from the Caribbean side of the country. No thank you. I’m pretty sure the lake is very brackish like the second picture. Maybe it’s different in different areas though.
We are also hoping to tour at least one of the volcanoes. There are day trips with a lot of walking, but I’m thinking about the night trip which is mostly in a car until you get close to the top. I still have to look into these tours more.
We’ll also want to walk around Granada a bit and see some of the culture. I’ve already picked the hotel I want to stay at. So now I’m stalking Expedia almost every day to see if there is ever a daily deal for it. But I may have to cave and book it soon and just have it on our credit card. I’m worried about it selling out. The weather is hot year round, but I want to avoid the rainy months. So we have been looking at January, February, March and April are iffy with the holiday and spring break, and early May. It starts getting rainy later in May. Average temps range from 87-94. So I may melt. Maybe we’ll be able to take transportation to the coast one day.
Have you ever been to Nicaragua? Have you thought about going there at all? Any other countries in Central America?