Nicaragua’s Corn Islands – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , August 11th, 2018

Nicaragua's Corn Islands - The Globetrotter Guys

If you haven’t heard of the Corn Islands (Little Corn Island and Big Corn Island), Nicaragua, then you are not alone. These Caribbean islands are probably one of Nicaragua’s best kept secrets – but they won’t stay secret for long!

Quite simply, these are the most beautiful islands we have ever visited and we challenge you to find better!

There are two islands, Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island. They are both located 70km off the Eastern Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

Boasting white sand Caribbean beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and some incredibly friendly people, Big Corn and Little Corn have a lot to offer!

Imagine the Caribbean 50 years ago before major tourism hit – that’s what you can expect to find in the Corn Islands. If you want a pristine beach all to yourself, you might want to get a flight booked asap!

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Queer Granada: Best Restaurants – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , May 17th, 2018

Queer Nicaragua - The Globetrotter Guys

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary this year in Granada. This was a great excuse to visit lots of incredible restaurants during the week and enjoy being wined and dined.

We are self-admitted food snobs. We rarely go to a restaurant unless we have scoured TripAdvisor first and it has highly rated feedback. Both of us love food, and if we are going to blow our travelling budget eating somewhere ‘fancy’, it better be worth it!

Luckily, Granada has a lot to offer, both in terms of budget and type of cuisine. If you visit Granada, be sure to visit the following restaurants that have made our list, you won’t be disappointed!

Ciudad Lounge

We ate here on our anniversary and had high expectations based on their TripAdvisor reviews. They took our expectations and went above and beyond!

Ciudad Lounge is run by a couple: Noemi, who runs front of house, and William, who is the chef. Located 5 minutes out of the centre of Granada, they class themselves as a ‘destination’ restaurant, somewhere people are recommended to visit, where you make the effort to go, rather than a restaurant you stumble across by chance. Here is a place where the focus is really on the ‘experience’ of dining, as well as the food and drink.

We did not quite understand what they meant by this until we tried it for ourselves, and we loved the concept.

Initially, you are taken to sit comfortably in the lounge area where you can enjoy some of the best cocktails we have had in a while, (see below what we tried). This is where you can also enjoy your appetisers, before being taken to your table in the main part of the restaurant just as your mains are ready. This felt seamless and we enjoyed breaking up the meal into different parts of the restaurant.

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Gay Friendly Hotels Nicaragua : Casa Lucia Boutique Suites – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , March 21st, 2018

Casa Lucia Boutique Suites - The Globetrotter Guys

After an action-packed 9-day tour full of 5am starts and late nights we were ready to escape from it all once we reached Granada, Nicaragua. Stepping through the door of Casa Lucia, we were immediately confident that we would be able to do just that.

We had stumbled across Casa Lucia after a Google search for “gay friendly hotels Nicaragua”. Not knowing anything about the gay culture and lifestyle in Nicaragua, or even if gay friendly hotels existed, we were keen to find out just how gay friendly the hotel could be.

The Background of Casa Lucia
Casa Lucia is owned by Eloisa, and her sister Arantxa, both from the Caribbean island of Bermuda. The hotel is actively run by Eloisa who is always present onsite as the “manager”, where she is joined by her husband Danilo, locally from Granada.

Back in 2012 whilst visiting Granada as a tourist, Eloisa and Arantxa joined a colonial house tour. This was where they first laid eyes on the property, and it was love at first sight. After spending 2 nights here ourselves, it is pretty easy to see why.

After a year of extensive renovations, Casa Lucia was ready to open its doors to guests as a traditional boutique hotel, with a focus on wellness and yoga, located right in the heart of the colonial city of Granada.

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Charming Granada, Nicaragua

Author: , February 21st, 2013

Granada, Nicaragua - Carlos MeliaOther than the beauty of the natural attractions of Nicaragua, such as the Mombacho Volcano or Lake Nicaragua, I have to say that one of my favorite this to do was to visit the town of Granada. Known to be one of the oldest cities in Central America, this petite colonial town stands out to me as a must visit destination. I might best define it as a small version of Cusco, Peru.

The city is located two hours and thirty minutes from Guacalito de la Isla, where the MUKUL Resort is located, and one hour from Managua and the International Airport. It has an estimated population of 110,326, and a rich colonial heritage, seen in its architecture and structure.

Founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, Granada is alledgedly the first European city in the mainland Americas. Unlike other cities that claim the title, 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.

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Lake Nicaragua Sailing Tour

Author: , January 26th, 2013

Carlos Melia at Lake NicaraguaDuring our full day visit to the charming town of Granada, we made a quick stop at Lake Nicaragua, a freshwater lake of tectonic origin. The largest lake in Central America, the 19th largest lake in the world, slightly smaller than Lake Titicaca.

The lake flows to the Caribbean Sea via the San Juan River, historically making the lakeside city of Granada, Nicaragua, an Atlantic port although it is closer to the Pacific.

The lake holds Ometepe and Zapatera which are both volcanic islands, as well as the archipelago of the Solentiname Islands. The lake has a reputation for periodically powerful, unnavigable storms.

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Charming Granada, Nicaragua

Author: , January 23rd, 2013

Granada, NicaraguaOther than the beauty of the natural attractions of Nicaragua, such as the Mombacho Volcano or Lake Nicaragua, I have to say that one of my favorite this to do was to visit the town of Granada. Known to be one of the oldest cities in Central America, this petite colonial town stands out to me as a must visit destination. I might best define it as a small version of Cusco, Peru.

(Photo Album) The charming town of Granada

The city is located two hours and thirty minutes from Guacalito de la Isla, where the MUKUL Resort is located, and one hour from Managua and the International Airport. It has an estimated population of 110,326, and a rich colonial heritage, seen in its architecture and structure.

Founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, Granada is alledgedly the first European city in the mainland Americas. Unlike other cities that claim the title, 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.

Despite the many nearby attractions, like the volcano and lake mentioned above, a day visit or even an overnight stay in Granada would be highly recommended, if you happen to visit Nicaragua.

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Canopy and Hiking at Nicaragua’s Mombacho Volcano

Author: , January 21st, 2013

Photo-Jan-20-12-12-38-PMOne of the many attractions for which Nicaragua will become a very interesting destination for all type of travelers, looking for true experiences, are other than the beaches, the volcanos. Not ancient ones, like you will find in Africa for example, this only date to 3000 years ago, but still quite stunning, featuring incredible panoramic views of the Lake Nicaragua and Lake Apoyo.

There are several options to explore, Masaya, Concepcion, Ometepe, but we came to do hiking a canopy at the Mombacho Volcano, two hours away by car from the MUKUL Resort, and about 30 minutes from Granada. Photo above you can see Lake Nicaragua, the Isletas and the town of Granada, from the top of the Mombacho.

The Mombacho Volcano (1,345 m) is a huge stratovolcano bordering Lake Nicaragua, close to Granada. The islets in the lake, called Las Isletas, are thought to be the result of an eruption of the Mombacho Volcano, thousands of years ago. Nowadays, the Mombacho Volcano is quiet and dense forest dominates the slopes. Nature and panoramic views characterize this volcano. This volcano is dormant.

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Green Turtles at Mansanillo Beach, Nicaragua

Author: , January 20th, 2013

Green Turtle at Mansanillo BeachSo today while walking along the beachfront at MUKUL Resort & Spa, we saw the tracks on the sand of what it seemed to be a sea turtle. And OMG it was… a huge beautiful Green Turtle laying her eggs.

Females crawl out on beaches, dig nests and lay eggs during the night. Later, hatchlings emerge and scramble into the water. Those that reach maturity may live to eighty years in the wild.

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