Bluefields and Juigalpa
Bluefields and the Atlantic Coast is a very different area
compared to the rest of Nicaragua. The Caribbean
environment prevails there, just like Jamaica. The majority of the population
is black and they all speak English. This is the zone of the Afro-caribbean
music and of the sensual dance called "Palo de Mayo" (a fertility dance).
This region is still a virgin area because there are not many people living
there. The most important means of transportation is by boat, which is
why the cities were built near the rivers and lagoons.
In order to go to Bluefields you have to leave your car
at the Rama City, and follow your route via rapid boats on the Escondido
River. It's a very picturesque trip, and even though there is a fast boat
service, it's better to rent a big boat that travels slowly on the river
and stops in every little town there is to pick up people and merchandise.
can take a boat in Bluefields if you want to go to Corn Island (a Nicaraguan
island located 50 km. away from the coast of Bluefields). It's a beautiful
island with white sand beaches and turquoise transparent waters. The Afro-caribbean
environment is more palpable here than in Bluefields. Corn Island is really
a Postal Cards' Island.
Beach, Corn Island
has nothing to do with Bluefields, I placed them on the same page because
in order to go to Bluefields you have to pass Juigalpa, and it's worth
to stop by this city. Juigalpa, capital city of Chontales, is located at
the center of a cattle region that reminds you very much of the North American
Wild West. Santo Domingo, which was a typical gold seeker town, is located
30 km away.
There is an excellent Museum called "Gregorio
Aguilar Barrea", where they have an impressive collection of pre-Columbian
statues (similar to the ones located at the Zapatera