In November I had the pleasure of traveling to the remote coasts of Nicaragua with cooler-than-cool travel company El Camino Travel. They put together swoon-worthy trips for groups of 10-12 creatives interested in being travelers, not tourists, and seeing off the beaten track locales. To make it even more awesome they send a professional photographer along so guests can enjoy their vacation and walk away with stunning images while staying in the moment instead of fumbling for cameras along the way. They also host a dinner with a local entrepreneur, so you can meet with someone making the host country a better place. Needless to say, the trip was INCREDIBLE!
So what did we do for 10 days? We took surf lessons, slept in treehouse bungalows in the jungle at Maderas Village, where howler monkeys woke me up each morning and had endless fresh fruit smoothies for breakfast. We fished with locals on tiny ponga boats and ventured to the beaches where leatherback turtles spawn...where we saw over 30,000 giant turtles in the perfect blue water. We took a catamaran to a secret beach ripe for exploration and then drank a little much much champagne on the ride back. We took over and luxuriated at the award-winning Tribal Hotel in Granada before doing some serious damage at the local artisan markets in Masaya. Finally, we headed out of civilization to the remote Popoyo Beach at Magnific Rock for acro-yoga and more surfing. We ate healthy, got exercise that didn't feel like work, and came back to the states more fit and refreshed than when we left. It was PERFECT.
The other guests took the trip to the next level; I wouldn't have guessed that going on a trip with perfect strangers could be one of my favorite trips EVER! Everyone were equally driven young professionals interested in having unique, adventurous experiences, so we made fast friends. By the end we were cracking inside jokes, laughing until our sides hurt, and having countless meaningful conversations...most memorably while pelting along a dirt road standing in a truck bed while sauced, clinging to the single roll bar between us and the rushing Nicaraguan countryside. Memories were made.
These photos are just the beginning; you can see the full set from this trip HERE, and I'll be returning as El Camino's official photographer for their April trip. Sound cool? JOIN US!! You can learn more HERE or book directly HERE. They're running the next few trips at a one-time-only discount, so jump on it now!