Ometepe pt. I – El Zopilote and La Brisa

Welcome to Part 1 of a 3-part series on the island of Ometepe, in Nicaragua. Check back soon for part 2 and 3!


The volcanic island of Ometepe, situated in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, is a hot spot of alternative lifestyles and culture. A national reserve, Ometepe is rustic, tranquil, and deeply authentic.

Yet the volcanic undercurrents (Concepcion, the island’s large volcano, regularly lets off a plume of smoke,) creates a magnetic energy that permeates this island like a magical force-field, just below the surface.

Take one step on Ometepe, and you may never want to leave…

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The Benefits of the Beach Lifestyle

I know, I know, this may seem like a joke, but I’ve given it plenty thought, and yes, living a “beach lifestyle” does indeed have many virtues and lessons…

After spending several weeks here in Playa Majagual, on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast, I’ve come to see some of the benefits of beach living like little fish in a clear blue tide pool.

I feel like I’m finally “getting it.”

Yet, I have never been a beach dweller. In fact, I can safely say that I’ve always had an aversion to water- a “healthy respect” for the ocean, to put it lightly.

Growing up in Oregon, my main associations with “beach” were usually “cold” and “downpour.” Did I mention I get sunburned easier than a newborn piglet?

But all that has changed! (With the exception of the sunburned piglet).

The benefits of this kind of lifestyle are all common sense for some. I’m just glad I’ve finally discovered some of the very real virtues of living close to Madre Mar.

As if you needed any more convincing…

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Hibernation in the Sun: Escaping the Winter Blues in Nicaragua

It’s been about two weeks since I landed here in Nicaragua. After spending half the winter in grey-skied Oregon, the 88 degree heat and sun in this tropical climate hit me like a convection oven landing on my head.

It takes our bodies around 10 days to fully adjust to a new climate. Night 4 was the worst- I didn’t even want to think about what the Peruvian Amazon would be like come April…

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