Here is our friend and local guide, Tony, explaining the chocolate making process to the See The World In Color travelers. Tony explains the entire chocolate making process from how to choose the perfect cacao from the tree all the way to the drying processes used in Nicaragua. Tony then passes the microphone to Kenny who takes you through the history of chocolate making in Nicaragua. After all the knowledge has been dropped, our travelers will get primal and roast the cacao beans the way it's been done for thousands of years and then you'll make your very own chocolate bar! How epic is that?! Bate! Bate! Chocolate!
We're absolutely in love with this photograph of one of our travelers, Kim, snapped by Jason Bafile Photography during See The World In Color's last Nicaragua Experience. This might look like Kim is paddling out onto just another lake but these waters are much more unique. This is Laguna de Apoyo, a volcanic lake that has formed in the caldera of an extinct volcano. Yes, this is just as epic as it sounds --- how many people can say they swam in the waters at the top of a volcano?! This excursion plus many more are ALL included in The Nicaragua Experience!
The first full day of The Nicaragua Experience starts off with a killer view of the Pacific Ocean from the outdoor breakfast table after an optional morning beach workout. For breakfast we have a delicious traditional Nicaraguan breakfast loaded with plenty of fresh foods and freshly squeezed fruit juices. Believe us, it's the best way to start the day! After we finish up with breakfast, we meet up with our friends at Moke Huhu Nicaragua Surf School and Adventures right in our backyard at Playa Yankee for the best surf lessons in Nicaragua.
Playa Yankee is known to have some of the best breaks for people who are looking to get started surfing! The rolling waves seem to go on for days which allows our travelers to really get a firm understanding of everything from getting on the board to riding the waves into shore.
Here is Shannon, one of our travelers and a first time surfer, catching one of the many waves she crushed during our surf lessons that day! I can't explain to you how happy I get when I see people catch a wave and riding it in till it dies out. The look on their face while I take photographs of their celebration is absolutely amazing to me! The bonus in this photograph is Shannon's husband, Dennis, cheering her on from behind! It constantly floors me to see our travelers building each other up during the excursions! From surf lessons to zip-lining down a volcano, it beautiful to see our small tribe getting closer and closer, from husbands and wives to complete strangers.
According to our travelers, one of their favorite excursions during The Nicaragua Experience is when we go off the beaten path in search of some truly secluded beaches. It's almost impossible to understand how such untouched beauty still exists in the world but when you visit Nicaragua it becomes clear extremely quickly that there is PLENTY of untouched beautiful in this amazing country.
Imagine hiking through the lush monkey filled jungles and this pristine beach waits for you at the end of the path...trust us, it's even better in person than it sounds in this post.
If you're ready for the trip of a lifetime we have good news! We are currently booking our July trip and things will fill fast! We'd love to have you with us, connect with us with any questions!
This JUST happened!
...We found a completely secluded beach in Nicaragua with no access while scanning Google Maps.
We decided to go in search of this treasure --- can you blame us?! After a massive hike through a straight up jungle where we followed a dried up water run off to the ocean, this is what we discovered.....
This view is STRAIGHT FIRE when the sun is sinking 🔥 This photograph was made from the top of Mombacho Cigars and features four ICONIC landmarks. Growing from the horizon is Volcàn Mombacho, the sun kissed Catedral de Granada can be spotted to the left, and Iglesia La Merced and Iglesia de Xalteva can be seen to the right 🙌🏽
Granada, Nicaragua is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL colonial city filled with so much adventure! Granada's streets and buildings are the oldest in ALL of Central America --- no wonder why this is quickly becoming one of the hottest places to visit in Nicaragua 😍 Our travelers are extremely fortunate to call Granada home for 4 days.
Can you imagine exploring and wandering through the busy streets and markets? How about tasting some of the best fusion food on the planet? Get your heart pumping by hiking up Volcàn Mombacho then zip lining back down or diving into the thermally heated waters of Lake Nicaragua 😍
Good news for you --- there is STILL room for you to join us in Nicaragua this June! Please visit http://www.seetheworldincolor.com/nicaragua for all the details
Sometimes you have to LET GO OF IT ALL & GET WILD 😎 We love this photograph of Dennis & Shannon, two of our travelers, chasing an absolutely KILLER sunset that was falling into the great Pacific Ocean 🌊 Playa Yankee is one of our favorite beaches in all of Nicaragua. It is MASSIVE and very rarely has anyone else on the beach --- yepppp, we pretty much have our own private beach during The Nicaragua Experience 😍 We're so fortunate that this beautiful paradise is only a 5 minute walk down the hill side from our gorgeous boutique hotel that we have all to ourselves too. Oh Nicaragua, you have waaaaaaaaay too much beauty, we're so lucky to know you ☺️ We're JUST ABOUT filled up completely for our June of 2017 Nicaragua Experience but there is still time to book the trip of a life time --- please visit http://www.seetheworldincolor.com/nicaragua for all the deets ✌🏽
Have you ever tiptoed the precipice of an active volcano 🌋 to peer into a bubbling lava lake?! We love this photograph of our travelers, Dennis and Shannon, doing just that at Parque Nacional Volcán Masaya (Masaya Volcano National Park). Volcán Masaya was named Nicaragua's 🇳🇮 first national park in 1979 and is widely consider a must-see for anyone traveling through Central America. This is definitely one of our travelers favorite days during The Nicaragua Experience! First we visit an active volcano, then directly afterward we chill, swim, kayak in Laguna de Apoyo ☀️ 🏊🏽 🚣🏽, a volcanic crater that has filled with fresh water over the last 20,000 years. TRUST --- we're not making ANY of this up! See The World In Color would LOVE to introduce you to magical Nicaragua, you can find all the details by CLICKING HERE
Chocolate - a delicious treat that has many health benefits, including increasing sexual desire! Woot Woot!!
During our trips to Nicaragua our travelers partake in a "Bean to Bar" Experience that allows them to learn the history behind this aphrodisiac food and how the ancient Mayan civilization discovered and used chocolate in their cultural rituals. Travelers get to see first hand how the Mayans took the cacao fruit and turned it into mouthwatering chocolate - talk about TASTY learning!!!
The Mayans of Central America are believed to be the first to discover cocoa as early as 900 AD. They learned that the beans inside the cocoa pods could be harvested and made into a liquid- that would become a treasured Mayan treat. At Choco Museo in Granada, Nicaragua, our travelers travel back in time to experience just how these wild Mayans created the chocolate that has become infamous in every culture & society!
From choosing the right fruit, cooking the bean to perfection, adding the right ingredients and of course - performing the proper tribal dance - OH YEAH BABY! - our travelers are completely immersed in this cross cultural educational & fun experience!
Kenny, our expert at the Choco Museo in Granada, Nicaragua is one of the most knowledgable chocolate experts around and his energy around chocolate making is contagious! You NEED to meet him!!!!
As you can see in the video below - making chocolate has never been so wild, fun & delicious!!!!!!
BATE BATE CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!
Traveling through Nicaragua is definitely a wild experience to say the least! From the moment a traveler flies into the Western side of the country, it's almost impossible to escape the volcanos that dot the landscape. Amazingly, Nicaragua is home to 19 volcanos with many of them still blowing their lids every few years --- WILD!
While cruising with our wide eyed travelers down the Pan-American Highway from Managua to Nicaragua's surfers paradise, San Juan Del Sur (a small coastal town located in the Southern department of Rivas), we pulled over just North of the town of La Virgen to soak in the views of Ometepe. Ometepe is an island located directly in the center of Lake Nicaragua that is being formed to this day by two volcanoes, Volcán Concepción and Volcán Maderas .
We were fortunate enough to be traveling on a Sunday, a day for Nicaraguan's that is typically spent celebrating with family, and friends. Upon arriving at the shorelines of Lake Nicaragua we were so stoked to see so many people spending their day in the lake with Volcán Concepción looming in the distance. The music was BLASTING and the Toñas were being guzzled --- talk about a PERFECT day!
Volcán Concepcion is DEFINITELY a must see in Nicaragua! This pristine volcano rises 5,280 feet from the base to summit. For the adventurous of heart (meeeeeeeeeee), you can spend a day climbing to the summit to peer into this smoking beast! This climb definitely isn't for the faint of heart. You'll spend 4-5 hours traversing up the volcano with direct exposure to the scorching sun. If that isn't enough, scrambling up the 25% to 35% grades with sketchy trails that crumble beneath your feet can prove a bit challenging. During the climb you'll surely be gassed and sucking in air. Speaking of gas, the interesting part is the air near the top is often a toxic mixture of bleach, carbon monoxide, and sulfur --- sounds pretty hellish, right?!? To most, it truly is but it's all well worth the time and physical strain when you reach the summit of this active volcano who last erupted in 2009.
I don't know about you but I wouldn't want to be anywhere near the summit when this volcano decides to act up again.
Happy New Year!
We here at See The World In Color could not be more excited about 2017!
Did you know that YOU are your greatest investment? The more you invest in yourself - whether it is education, self-care, free time, achieving personal goals or our personal favorite - TRAVEL - you are more likely to live a happier, healthier & wealthier life while positively affecting the people around you.
How you ask?
Investing in YOURSELF generates Human Capital!
What is Human Capital?
“The stock of competencies, knowledge, social and personality attributes, including creativity, embodied in the ability to perform labor so as to produce economic value.”
See The World In Color believes strongly in the power of Human Capital and we want to encourage you to increase your Human Capital in 2017 - whatever that may be for you!
What' Happening Ya'll!
Will, from See The World In Color here..
This is something that has been brewing inside me my whole entire life and is just now, 35 years later, starting to manifest itself in my life through everything I do. It's a good thing too, because I was sure I was going crazy at least that is what most of society would say.
Ok, so what the hell am I talking about.....?
One of my great passions in life is - energizing, inspiring, including & empowering the people around me and everyone I meet.
Sometimes this is hard for people to understand, because a lot people think I am some strange being that arrived from another planet - just trying to ruin everyone's contentment with complacency and status quo lifestyles. Ha!
Well I am here to tell, that is not the case at all and here are the reasons why!
- I want people to feel the true freedom that you can find in any given present moment.
- I want people to taste, hear, smell , touch & see all of the amazing creations on this earth.
- I want people to find & be their true authentic selves.
- I want people to let go of fear and chase their dreams.
- I want people to love ❤️ themselves and then love the entire world.
- I want people to LIVE everyday!!!!
- Life, in the bodies we have now, is so temporary. Your days seem long but the years fly by way too fast - none of us want to wake up 30, 40, 50, 60 years from now and say - "I should have, "I could have"
We have to CHOOSE to live everyday!! And I mean wake up and make the conscious choice to live - everyday!
I'll let this one ride 😜 with one of my favorite quotes , that happens to be from Eckhart Tolle
- "Realize deeply that the present moment is all that you ever have" -
.....and if you ever wondered......THIS... is exactly what See The World In Color is all about! ❤️
It was another beautiful sunny day on Playa Yankee in southern Nicaragua, it is safe to say everyday is beautiful here, and we just arrived to our surf spot where the waves were just calling our names.
As we hopped out of the pick-up truck that drove us to this perfect beach spot, I noticed a young boy, seeming all alone staring at the sand from a distance. After a second look I noticed that he was walking along with a massive sea turtle!! I decided to go and see what was going on.
When I came closer my heart was filled with joy and my eyes began to tear up. Slow step by slow step with the hot sun beating down on the turtle and the boy, this young boy, no more than 7 or 8 years old was helping the sea turtle back to the ocean. The sea turtle had just laid her eggs on the beach and was on a 300 yard turtle speed journey back to the ocean.
As you may know there are many predators that prey on sea turtles and their eggs and the journey back to sea can be ruthless for the turtle. This was not the case today, as the young boy walked beside the turtle to ensure its safety.
Specifically for sea turtles in Nicaragua, it is been a difficult road of survival. Historically, Nicaraguans would capture and kill sea turtles for their meat and steal the eggs for certain Nicaragua dishes. It had become so bad that the sea turtle was facing extinction. Fortunately the Nicaragua government recently implemented a law that made it illegal with a mandated prison sentence, not just a fine! This along with environmental organizations educating the Nicaragua people has made a positive impact on the population of the sea turtle.
Thought today, this moment was a part of something bigger for me. As you may know I spent 2 years living and working in Nicaragua. During my time living there I witnessed many accounts of animal cruelty by Nicaraguans. From deliberately running over street dogs with cars to letting horses die from starvation as they lay on the highway. These experiences jaded my view on human animal relations in Nicaragua and hardened my heart towards Nicaraguans. I started to think that all hope was lost for having compassion for animals in Nicaragua.
For me this situation was a reminder of (3) very important life lessons.
1. No matter how dark the world seems there is always someone living a life out of love and compassion and that this is the true fabric of humanity. And just as I became jaded and lost hope, this so commonly happens to all of us. Therefore we act out of fear and anger towards others and animals, not because we are inherently bad people but because we too are looking for love and compassion but have not received it enough themselves. It is a viscous cycle.
2. Always choose Love. Simply remember that we are all fighting a battle inside based out of not receiving love.
3. EDUCATION IS EVERYTHING! If people don’t understand what they are doing they can easily commit some of the most horrific acts in the world while thinking it is completely justified and correct… Remember how our homeboy Jesus died?? Or what about slavery? Maybe the German Natzis? The list could go on and on of how humans have fucked up the world, but I will stop there because I am sure you get the point….
Back to the story……………
As the sea turtle slowly approached the edge of the water, we had all gathered around both the boy and the sea turtle. Finally after a long journey, the big old amphibian dove into a wave and then, suddenly, an enormous applaud from all of us erupted. Knowing that boy could have easily stole the eggs and sold them for money, it was emotionally beautiful to see that he chose compassion over greed.
I think we all could relate to that turtle in some way or another and it sure was good to know that, at least for this time, she was safely back to sea to patiently wait for her eggs to hatch. She will return in two months to guide the baby sea turtles to the ocean and the circle of life for the sea turtle will continue.
Oh…. And we were able to catch some gnarly waves shortly after!!!!
Until next time, Cheers!
There is nothing more peaceful than watching the sun set into the pacific ocean on a completely secluded beach with your fellow travelers. Then just as that last ray of sunshine fades, the light is re-ignited by a giant beach bonfire made from collected driftwood and dried jungle grass – The stuff dreams are made of - Oh man, please take me back to that moment right now!!
Fortunately this is how when spend our last night in San Juan del Sur with our travelers on The Nicaragua Experience and we will be back soon. But for some reason, this time, things got even more surreal.
As you can see from the photo above this was one of the clearest nights to date and you could literally see millions and millions of stars flickering above. I am sure the bottle of Flor de Caña rum, in my opinion the most delicious bottle of booze you can find when living the beach life, helped the situation but it seemed every time we would look up into the sky, a shooting star would grab our attention. Truly magical!
Ok, so back to the story. You may have heard of something called “the white lobster”, or maybe not? Well in Nicaragua “the white lobster” refers to the myth that loose bricks of cocaine can sometimes wash up on the beach. Most of the time because drug runners and pirates, yes pirates, release contraband into the sea when they fear they will be caught by Nicaraguan coast guard – sometimes it is a strategic release, but most of the time the ocean current decides to take wherever the hell it wants to take it!
Hence you may spot a “white lobster” tickling your toes as you are staring out into the waves!
So…… As we were enjoying an absolute perfect night, good company, good booze and an epic night sky, we noticed a set of flashlights combing the shoreline a few beaches up from us. After just sharing the legend of the “white lobster” to our travelers, we were all a little curious as to what the bloody hell was going on!
The lights slowly became closer to our site and we slowly became a little more concerned. One time I looked over to some of our travelers and they each had a rock in the hand, filled with pride they said “we must protect this beach” for a few minutes we were all amped up as if William Wallace gave us the epic war speech to defend our territory!
Then back to reality…
After some epic war cries and loud cheering, we decided it to be best to pack up and head back to the hotel. “There will be no war today, my friends. We must retreat.” I shouted
Nicaragua has some of the safest beaches in the world and we were very happy to learn that it was just a few locals doing some night fishing and if anything we missed an opportunity to make new friends of a bottle of rum.
Until next time!
If for some reason you ever needed to be convinced why we ALWAYS travel with a professional photographer to document our travelers vacations --- WELL --- HERE. IT. IS. We're actually all super jealous of this photograph because, truth be told, we want to be in it! We could see this hanging on a wall in their house for all of their friends to see! Talk about a conversation piece!
During a recent See The World In Color trip into Nicaragua, two of our travelers were wandering the secluded beaches and coves of San Juan Del Sur when this happened! Earlier in the day, we were thinking about traversing the rocky coves to get to another beach but when we returned, the tide made the route impassable. Brian and Leah, being the super adventurous couple they are, couldn't help but to scope out the area and soak in the amazing views. As the endless Nica sun showered her rays down, the refreshingly cool ocean slammed against the rocky coast creating the perfect mist AND the perfect photograph! They both have told us numerous times how they're missing Nica, we hope you keep this photograph close to your hearts and are reminded day in and day out of the love that you carried in your hearts during this beautiful day!
Good news! We're now accepting travelers for our July and November trips to Nicaragua and we'd love to have you on board. Please visit http://www.seetheworldincolor.com/nicaragua for full details about the trip and to learn how you are empowering local communities in Nicaragua by traveling with us!
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