Nicaragua: the old city of Granada

After our coffee farm tour we drove down the volcano to the city of Granada. It’s the most popular city of Nicaragua (at least for tourists), promising picture-perfect views at very turn, so we were excited to see it. Built in the early 1500’s, it was one of the first cities of the New World. The buildings were old and beautiful.

Walking the streets of Granada

Walking the streets of Granada

Beautiful old cathedral

Beautiful old cathedral

The city’s center was huge and had a big fountain and gazebo in the center.

The town center

The town center

There were a lot of vendors selling local foods and drinks.  And there were lines of horse-drawn carriages, ready for tourists.  We walked around the town first, exploring a bit on our own.

At the town center

At the town center

Happy girl

Happy girl

Checking out Granada

Checking out Granada

 As the kids got tired we opted for a carriage ride.

Horse carriage ride

Horse carriage ride

Trying to catch some history from our driver

Trying to catch some history from our driver

Sure enough, within minutes Cliff was sound asleep.

Cliff sleeping

Cliff sleeping

He sleeps through anything once out.  We got out at one of the old cathedrals and walked around.

Outside the church

Outside the church

The wall murals inside were gorgeous!

Inside the church

Inside the church

It was a fun taste of Nicaragua.

View of the old city

View of the old city

By the end of the ride, both kids were sound asleep. We decided to head back. On the way back to Managua we stopped by Lago de Nicaragua. We could even see the Mombacho Volcano, where we had toured the coffee farm earlier that morning.

The Mombacho Volcano

The Mombacho Volcano

A little souvenir shopping and our first day in Nicaragua was complete!

At Lago Nicaragua

At Lago de Nicaragua

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s