Is Nicaragua Safe to Visit?

In April of 2018, widespread protests broke out in Nicaragua against the government and Daniel Ortega, the country's dictator. The government responded with massive violent crackdowns, with estimates of those killed ranging from 30 to well over 100, including the well-publicized shooting up of a church in which some protestors had taken refuge. The United…

8 Reasons NOT to Visit Nicaragua

Nicaragua isn't for everyone. In my last article, I talked about the reasons people should visit. Today, let's examine this controversial country from the opposite end of the spectrum. So here are eight reasons you might want to think twice before visiting Nicaragua. 1. Ortega is still the dictator Daniel Ortega has been the dictator…

9 Reasons to Visit Nicaragua

Most people were pretty shocked - and a little scared - when I announced I was going to visit Nicaragua. I was asked why, what was there, was it really worth what was perceived as a safety risk. Well, after two weeks exploring much of the Pacific region of the country (more than 60% of…

Trip Itinerary: Nicaragua

There is still plenty more Guatemala content on the way - don't worry - but I am changing locations shortly and it's time to lay out the itinerary for the second half of my Central America journey: Nicaragua. Before you start, yes, I am aware that there have been violent crackdowns of anti-government protests over…

Trip Introduction: Central America Part One

After an incredible three months in France and a month back stateside, it is time for me to head back out of the country. The destination? Central America! I've designated this Central America Part One since I will be returning to a couple more countries later in the year. It wasn't intentional to visit Central…