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Mother Dearest, We Salute You.

Bar Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s, today is one of the most important dates of the year…Yes, it’s mother’s day! The bakeries of Nicaragua are overrun with orders, and the florists are raking in serious cash money. Hecho wants to wish all the mamacitas and mamasotas out there a very happy mother’s day, and while we’re at it we’d like to highlight two very special celebrations of this day.

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6. Erdmann’s. First it was the black gold (coffee) and now it’s something even better. Foodie-heaven Espressonista in Granada has provided beer lovers in Nicaragua with the happiest alternative since the seasonal Maestro beer was launched! The artisanal, German-inspired home brew – named after the brewer/inventor, Falk Erdmann – comes in small quantities of ales and stouts, and rates highly on our yumometer. Erdmann’s is only available in limited edition batches, so you may have to sit tight, but believe us – it’s worth a road trip AND a wait. Cheers!

ÍCARO film festival calls for submissions in Nicaragua

ICARO invites you to participate in the Central American International Film Festival ICARO Nicaragua 2013!

The invitation is open to filmmakers from Central America and around the world. The competition is divided into two groups: Central American and International.

The main categories are: fiction short and full-length films, documentaries, animation, and experimental works. Only films that have been made between 2012-2013 will be considered.

The registration period officially started on May 6th and ends July 31st, 2013. The registration form is available online on the Festival webpage:

Corn Island

The fully packed panga finally leaves the dock. I’m sitting next to my new homie, chicken. Half way throughout the trip, the panga breaks down – engine failure. It’s also drizzling a little rain through most of this leg of the trip. Chicken and I are not impressed.

There’s no cel phone signal out here, so we’re stuck waiting for a few hours. Eventually, another panga turns up and we all change boats in the middle of the river. Still haven’t slept.

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#10. Celebrities ashore. What do Bianca Jagger, Steve O from Jackass, and that guy from the Mac ads all have in common? Chill time in Nicaragua, that’s what! We’re still mostly “paparazzi free” here (although the Matthew McConaughey incident in 2009 served as a lesson: beware of Instagram snaps when out doing tequila shots in San Juan)…

Café Tacvba in Nicaragua!

“When you love someone, you can wait a year or one hundred..”

Song “El puñal y el corazón”

I remember as if it were yesterday. Tacvuba came to Managua in 2005 and left us with so much positive energy that I converted, and became a fan of their concerts and music. Everybody commented non-stop on the tremendous happiness that the band transmits on stage, along with the greatness served by the humility that defines them. Undeniably, this concert elevated the expectations of the Nicaraguan audience; that’s why this is one of the most anticipated concerts of the year for most, no matter their musical preferences.

Let the Pitaya Juices Flow!

Pitaya Fest isn’t just about watching epic surf comps, dancing your face off to super skilled DJs, or jamming out to live Latin, rock and reggae tunes while you savor a variety of local cuisines and cold beer. The Earthship Pitaya Festival was founded to celebrate diversity, sustainability, music, local food and Nicaraguan culture. The goal of the festival is to bring people together through art and music, inspire children and create awareness for sustainable living and education.