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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!

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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.

The Earthship Gets Ready for Takeoff

This year’s Earthship Pitaya Festival – as recommended in our HECHO Hitlist is getting ready for takeoff, with nightly events starting on Monday. El Timon, Pachamama and Villas de Palermo will all host pre-Pitaya Festival\ activities, from a lounge night and open-mic to a Pitaya Verbena dance show – check the event page/site for the full schedule.

The main events are the surfing competition, spread out over Friday and Saturday, and the music festival after the surf finals on Saturday.

Hecho is sharing the love: read on to find out how you can win free tickets to the Cultura Profética concert!

Good morning Hecho readers! It’s already mid-February, Valentine’s day is around the corner, and we’re feeling all loved up. We’re also getting hyped for the Cultura Profética concert that topped our January/February Hecho Hitlist – the show is this Friday, February 15th. For those of you who don’t already know, Cultura Profética is a Puerto Rican reggae band that has captured a massive following since their debut album was released in 1997. Hits like Illegal, Sube el Humo, and Reggae Rústico have criss-crossed the Americas and beyond with a reggae base that draws from many genres including jazz, hip hop, and afro-caribbean beats.

Elemental madness with Fire & Water

On Feb 16th, Isla Ometepe’s twin peaks will literally be overrun by extreme (and philanthropic) athletes. The Fuego y Agua event includes several divisions of running races, as well as the intense all-day survival race – this masochistic category has a 4am kickoff, and competitors must bring their own survival/first aid kits in case they fall while running, swimming, digging, or tackling surprise obstacles. Only the truly hardcore need apply for that one!