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A Little Slice of Heaven

A few weeks ago, I spent a week in Popoyo, Nicaragua and also a night in Costa Rica. Embarking on the odyssey through Nicaragua's enchanting southwest region was a journey beyond compare. Nestled between breathtaking beaches, vibrant wildlife, and the pulse of the ocean, this trip was a symphony of adventures.

In the company of fantastic friends, the journey unfolded with laughter and unforgettable experiences.  I am very grateful to have captured this amazing trip through my camera lens which allows me to share this experience with you.

Navigating the Pacific Ocean and venturing to renowned surf spots like the Playgrounds Surf Break and Chacocente National Reserve proved to be amazing. Each beach revealed a unique treasure, complemented by amazing waves and wildlife. Nature's wonders greeted me at every turn – sea turtles gracefully navigating the ocean, mischievous monkeys, and the awe-inspiring spectacle of diverse flora and fauna. The region's biodiversity was a constant source of amazement.

Every night, Mother Nature painted the sky with a new canvas as the sun dipped below the horizon.  The sky would transform into a canvas of vibrant hues.  From secluded beaches to panoramic vistas, the evenings painted a picture of serenity that words can scarcely capture.

For surf enthusiasts, the southwest of Nicaragua is a surfing haven. Waves seem to be pumping 24-7 and there are waves for every level of surfer from beginners to thrill-seekers; especially compared to the tamer waters of North Florida.  I was able to capture some amazing footage and photos of local pro surfers which is captivating footage for any audience. Also, I was able to get in a fishing excursion which turned into a triumphant adventure.  We landed a bountiful yield of mackerel which was made into homemade ceviche – a culinary delight that mirrored the region's rich flavors.

Toward the end of the week, my hermano Candido took me to Ometepe, an island cradled in the heart of Lake Nicaragua. Two majestic volcanoes, natural springs, a local chocolate factory, and beachfront restaurants painted a captivating picture of island life on Ometepe.  The island was full of amazing sites, wildlife, and delicious food around every corner.  Ometepe has an ideal climates to grow all types of foods which make it even more special. 

Nicaragua's southwest, with its warm culture and welcoming people, proved to be a small slice of heaven. From the adrenaline-pumping waves to the tranquility of Ometepe, every moment etched memories that resonate with the spirit of adventure. I wholeheartedly recommend adding Nicaragua to your travel wish list. The allure of this region is unparalleled – a captivating blend of nature's wonders, cultural richness, and the promise that, once visited, you might find it hard to leave. Nicaragua awaits, inviting you to explore its magic and make memories that last a lifetime. To see more photos and videos from Southern Edge Studios, follow us on Instagram @southernedgestudios or check out our website.

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