Madre Chronicles

Somoto Canyon - Secret World Wonder - Day 1

We hadn't done much research, we just knew we wanted to find it. Word was that Somoto Canyon had been relatively unexplored until 2004, and since then, tourism to this magnificent secret world wonder was growing slowly at best.  It would still be almost as secluded and publicly undiscovered as it has been to the villagers near by for ages.  We did not have access to a GPS or Maps on our cell phones. What we DID have was pencil scratchings of obscure directions and a stir-crazy sense of adventure. (..also machetes.. We thought we may have to clear our own way into the canyon, or fight off venomous vipers that methodically fall out of trees onto victims below. We had quite an imagination of how the trip was going to play out!)

Surfing Gran Pacifica, Nicaragua

Secluded Surf Spot in Nicaragua

Camping, Hammocking, Surfing, Hanging out

~ Adventure by Eli Baylis ~

Follow a bumpy dirt road lined with corn stalks and daisies to this special secluded spot near Gran Pacifica, Nicaragua. Playa Ausuchillas is a nearly vacant beach, besides fellow surfers and a few dogs. You basically have to dig to find it, but when you do, it's glorious. 


When you arrive at Playa Ausuchillas, you'll come to a small clearing where you can park. Then take a short walk down a path off to the right as it opens up to this beautiful surf spot.  Shade is practically non existent here,  be sure to bring your own. 

SMr Camping Gear Used On This Adventure:

Ginger Rust Pares hammock
Climb-Rated Carabiners

Transcending Borders - Road Trip from Mississippi to Mexico, and Central America

Prior to leaving on our quest driving from the US through Mexico and into Central America,  we read posts on the internet and listened as our friends and family offered endless warnings: “People in these areas are ruthless and violent” “Do not go, it’s too dangerous” “You WILL get kidnapped” “You WILL get robbed”. In many areas this may be true.

US - Nicaragua Road Trip Warrior #3 - Amanda

Growing up in the suburbs, Amanda left the Minneapolis area to pursue her education at Colorado State University. She earned degrees in Spanish and Sociology, with minors in Latin American Studies and International Development. Her love of Colorado and skills on the slopes led to a job as a ski instructor in Aspen where she has worked for five seasons. Amanda has traveled South America studying abroad in Chile, working at a backcountry ski resort in the shadow of Anconcagua, and finessing her Portuguese in Brazil.