Nightmare Before Christmas Expedition
Looking for an authentic travel experience that is totally off the beaten path yet doesn't spend precious time in transit? This expedition we will delve into the Pueblos Blancos and experience two unique festivals that few visitors even know about.
23rd Night of the Gigantona
The fiesta starts about 9pm and is truly one of a kind. That’s when the village streets fill with gigantonas and enanos cabezones (Giantesses and big headed midgets). It’s a celebration of one of Nicaragua’s best-known and least-understood performances, and the only place in the country and only time of year you will see it en masse. In this unique lead up to Christmas, the village celebrates with the odd couples dancing in their traditional way all night until the break of day.
24th San Silvestre Papa
The next day we will explore a twisted festival one of the quaintest villages in the country. It’s the patron saint San Silvestre Papa who is celebrated in the streets with music, food and the Torovenado parade. Literally translated as “bulldeer”, it’s a parade where people dress up as demonic animals, devilish spirits and other horrifying costumes. It’s a fascinating train wreck you can’t turn away from. Such is Nicaraguan tradition.
The sleeping arrangements will be cozy but comfortable. Our hospedajes will be family owned, simple and clean, but we won’t find the 4-star Hilton amenities here. Internet connection is not guaranteed, traditional Nicaraguan hospitality is.
All food will be prepared by restaurants and we will carry our own water and snacks. Let me know if you have any dietary restrictions.
This expedition is an amazing opportunity to experience a side of Nicaragua that is so rarely seen by foreigners that few even know of the places we will be visiting. But that's what we specialize in: natural, cultural and sustainable travel. Free pickup/dropoff anywhere between Managua and Granada. Minimum 2 people. Let me know if you are interested in going on this expedition and what questions you may have. Thanks!
Lake Xolotlan 4x4 Roadtrip
Explore the areas that surround Nicaragua's second largest and most misunderstood body of water, Lake Xolotlan. This road trip goes way off road to some incredible villages and landscapes both around the lake and in it. We will see how Nicaragua looked 100 years ago in villages where it seems time has stopped, as well as visit the lake's volcanic island reserve. This one is for the adventurous who don't mind a little discomfort and travel to see places that yet remain undiscovered.
This isn’t your all-american rock out with the top down 10 cities in seven days road trip. This is a serious trek by truck, a four-wheel-drive adventure through rock, river and valley to places Google Maps doesn’t even know exist, much less the Lonely Planet guidebook.
The schedule is open. I expect it will take about four days but it might run longer. A few of the places we will be going to I have already been, most of them, I have not. There will be forests, volcanoes, barren mountain tops and villages that call them home. We will travel by truck, boat and foot, maybe by horse, maybe by mule. Waterfalls, lagoons and Nicaragua’s second-largest lake all await us, as well as incredible vantage points and photo opportunities.
I am still working on the general schedule but that doesn’t matter because it is all subject to change on the road. The main point is that we will 1. be traveling as close to the lake as roads will allow, 2. we will visit a few people I know who live in amazing places along the way, and 3. we will take some amazing photographs.
This isn’t your old man’s tour. This road trip is a journey, and like all journeys, there are requirements. Here is what I need:
- Photog / Videographer – My gear was confiscated so I am only packing a cheap Nikon. I need someone with some real equipment and a good eye who can capture the trip and document the lake from all the vantages that we will be encountering.
- DJ / Sherpa – We will need someone who knows good music and can keep the travel tunes flowing in the vehicle at all times. This is also a good position for someone who can help carry stuff when the going gets rough.
- Medic / Navigator – If the excrement hits the air conditioning and we need someone to get us to the nearest hospital, it’s you who will keep us from bleeding out before its too late.
- Secondary driver / Translator – Do you have a license? Can you speak fluent Spanish and English? Si? Este rol es para vos, campeon.
The ideal team member would be able to fulfill all of these roles and the ones that I haven’t thought about, but a good one who fills only one or two will work as well.
I am capping the team at 4 people plus myself. The tentative dates are after Christmas and before NYE. If you belong on this trip then get in touch with me using the adjacent contact form and we will see how we can make it happen!
Only happy people need apply!