Nicaragua - People and places

Los Ranchos

If you are a Nicaraguan, or have been in town a few times, and a steak lover, no doubt Los Ranchos is on your list of one of the best places to get a steak in Managua, Nicaragua.  I agree for the most part.  It is one of the best places but it isn't the best by a long shot and wouldn't be tops on my list.

The grilling is impeccable and there are a variety of local cuts available.  Prices are probably on the par or a little cheaper than some of the other steak spots.  If you want to see prices, click here.  (BTW the steak in the picture is half of the "CHUR.GTE P/2" - churrasco for 2.)  However, the place is dated.  Everything about the place says 1960's and 1970's.  It's been around that long no doubt...and continues to be a favorite even for local Managuan high-life.  Quality, in general, seems just a bit low for the fame that this place has (bread, salad, sauces).  Cleanliness also is a bit off.

Don't pass it up if you want to compare some of the better known steak restaurants in Managua.  Afterwards, however, stick to the ones you REALLY love.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 7.

Estatua Montoya, 3c. al O
Managua, Nicaragua

On the coast of Mérida

Just off the coast of the small town of Mérida, on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua, you will find some charming views of Lake Nicaragua (or Cocibolca as it is known by the locals).

Afuera del pueblo de Mérida, en la isla de Ometepe en Nicaragua, encontrarás unas vistas encantadoras del Lago de Nicaragua (o Cocibolca por su nombre local).

Volcanoes and sugarcane

If you go to the Pacific side of Nicaragua (which has a very large coastline), you will see lots of volcanoes and sugarcane, especially in the NW part of the country.  Both are a very important part of Nicaragua's landscape...and of course the sugar production and the sugarcane production lead to some of the best rum in the world: Flor de Caña...or so they say.

Tortillas a la Nica

Chillin' at the bus stop....

This guy is chilling at the bus stop in Andrés Castro barrio, Managua.  He seems to be a street vendor and I guess he brought his own chair...that's the way to do it!