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Nicaragua Canal Set To One-Up Panama Canal

Nicaragua Canal Set To One-Up Panama Canal U.S. Navy, Flickr Today, the Nicaraguan National Assembly is expected to rubber-stamp a $40 billion proposal by a Chinese consortium to build a canal across the country. The new canal will be over 150 miles long, dwarfing the famous Panama Canal. The idea of a canal...

Learn Spanish With Lonely Planet's Fluent Road

Learn Spanish With Lonely Planet's Fluent Road Courtesy of FluentRoad.com Traveling to Spain or Latin America this summer and want to say more than "Donde esta el bano?" (though, that's an important one to know)? Lonely Planet has just launched a new online foreign language program, Fluent Road, partnering with Spanish...

Video: Top 10 Greatest Adventures For 2013 By Richard Bangs

Richard Bangs, the host of the television show "Adventures with a Purpose," has been called the "father of modern adventure travel" by Outside magazine. So when he makes a list of ten great destinations for 2013, it's a good idea to take notice. In the video below, Bangs...

International Budget Guide 2013: Granada & San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

International Budget Guide 2013: Granada & San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua Americans have long associated Nicaragua with the Cold-War era Iran-Contra scandal but as prices rise in Costa Rica and safety drops in Mexico, more and more savvy travelers are discovering that Nicaragua is a safe, cheap and interesting place with great beaches, reliably...

One Day In Nicaragua: Self-Deportation, An Active Volcano, A Dead Boa, A Dip In A Lagoon And An Art Deal Gone Bad

One Day In Nicaragua: Self-Deportation, An Active Volcano, A Dead Boa, A Dip In A Lagoon And An Art Deal Gone Bad Stepping over a dead boa constrictor with flies buzzing around it wasn't what I had in mind when I hired a guy named Carlos to take us to see Volcán Masaya, a national park in Nicaragua where you can drive right up to the crater of an active volcano. But when we piled...

How Cheap Is Nicaragua? How About $2 Beers In A Luxury Hotel Minibar

How Cheap Is Nicaragua? How About $2 Beers In A Luxury Hotel Minibar If I ruled the world, I would issue a decree commanding every hotel to install minibars stocked with $2 bottles of beer. But since that's never going to happen, you might have to go to Nicaragua to experience such an enlightened minibar alcohol policy. I'm a frugal...

Here's How They Roll In Nicaragua

Here's How They Roll In Nicaragua Nicaragua is a beautiful country. There are stunning beaches, active volcanoes, mountains, mangrove swamps, picturesque islands and just about every type of terrain you can imagine. But on a recent visit to Nicaragua, I found all of the creative ways that people travel even...

Moments of Serendipitous Travel Bliss In Nicaragua

Moments of Serendipitous Travel Bliss In Nicaragua I was sitting on the Che Guevara ferry, which was bouncing over choppy waters in Lake Cocibolca on the way back from Ometepe island in Nicaragua, when I heard a sweet melody drifting slowly through the humid night air like a message in a bottle floating in the lake. I peaked...

How (Not) To Walk Across The Costa Rica/Nicaragua Border

How (Not) To Walk Across The Costa Rica/Nicaragua Border You can learn a lot about a country by walking into it across a land border. VIP's enter at the airport or zoom through in a car, but when you walk across the frontier, especially in a developing country, you get a window into how ordinary people and traders travel. ...

Souvenir Of The Week: Nicaraguan Toilet Paintings

Souvenir Of The Week: Nicaraguan Toilet Paintings While Gadling's Dave Seminara was busy reporting on surf competitions and rainforests in Costa Rica and Nicaragua last week, he didn't have time to stop and ask questions about a surprising fixture in one outdoor market: colorful paintings of people on the throne. The...

Impact Of Sequester Cuts On Travel: Houston Is The Third World Airport Not Managua

Impact Of Sequester Cuts On Travel: Houston Is The Third World Airport Not Managua As Americans, we've been bred to believe that the way we do things should be a model for the rest of the world. But after spending a good chunk of my Friday, day one of the sequester federal spending cuts, at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston, I have to...

Robbed By Cab Drivers In Nicaragua And Chicago In The Same Week?

Robbed By Cab Drivers In Nicaragua And Chicago In The Same Week? Where the hell is Camilo? Those were the words that I kept repeating to myself, sometimes replacing the word "hell" with more sinister, unpublishable expletives. I was sitting in the Rancho Marsella restaurant at Playa Marsella, a remote beach that is 20 minutes down a...

Scenes From A Surf Competition In San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Scenes From A Surf Competition In San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua I've never thought of surfing as a hyper-competitive sport. For me, it's more of a lifestyle. I'm not a surfer but I've met scores of people over the years that have rearranged their lives to be in proximity to the big breaks. I can understand why surfers might want to...

Has Mañana Arrived For Nicaragua?

Has Mañana Arrived For Nicaragua? Travel writers have been hyping Nicaragua as the next big tropical paradise for years. The New York Times listed it as one of 46 places to go in 2013. A host of travel magazines have promoted it as a cheaper Costa Rica without the crowds. And CBS brought some of Nicaragua's...

Video Of The Day: Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

I was recently researching Little Corn Island, Nicaragua. I instantly became charmed by the island and obsessed with the idea of visiting it as soon as possible. But it's difficult to find footage online featuring the tiny island. Situated 43 miles east of Nicaragua's...

Tim Leffel On The World's 21 Cheapest Countries

Tim Leffel On The World's 21 Cheapest Countries Tim Leffel's mission is to help skinflints like me find travel destinations they can afford. He traveled around the world on a shoestring with his wife three times and decided to write a book about the world's cheapest countries after realizing that there was no single...

Vagabond Tales: The Drunken Art Of Nicaraguan Bull Riding

Vagabond Tales: The Drunken Art Of Nicaraguan Bull Riding Nicaragua's Isla de Ometepe is an island of many things. It's the highest lake island in the entire world, and it has the most perfectly conical shaped mountain in all of Central America. Seeing as it's set in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, it's home to the world's...

Doomsday Bicycle Tour Lets You Ride To The End Of The World

Doomsday Bicycle Tour Lets You Ride To The End Of The World What do you want to be doing when the world ends in December? If your answer is exploring Mayan temples ruins, gazing upon volcanoes and waterfalls, and basking in Central America's warm autumn sun all from the seat of your mountain bike, then Tour d'Afrique has a pretty...

Vagabond Tales: Scuba diving Nicaragua in a lightning storm

Vagabond Tales: Scuba diving Nicaragua in a lightning storm In spite of being one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, many travelers list Nicaragua as their hands-down favorite country in Central America. The colonial heritage of Granada and Leon, the world-class surf of Popoyo and San Juan del Sur, and the...

Frommer's reveals top destinations for 2012

Frommer's reveals top destinations for 2012 What destination are you dreaming of for 2012? The staff at Frommer's have just unveiled their list of top travel destinations for the coming year. Included in the list is a little something for everyone: large metropolises, secluded beach towns, colorful riverside...

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