“Mother. Why are you in Rivas? There’s nothing to do there,” my son once wrote when I reported where I was staying.
“Exactly!” I retorted, and the next few days were spent at an unhurried pace as I caught up on sleep and recharged my weary batteries. You won’t find tourists gathered at street-side tables, but you’ll find sun-drenched streets and locals who acknowledge your presence without trying to sell a trinket!
An early bird photographer is often rewarded with memorable interactions with locals in addition to endless photo opportunities. After a few days in Rivas, I am usually ready for new locations. Trendy San Juan Del Sur always calls, as does the contrasting rural community of Limon. The San Jorge ferry temps me to unique Isla Ometepe; sometimes I take the morning ferry, have lunch, visit the petite museum, then return to Rivas in the afternoon!
These images illustrate why I enjoy stopping over in Rivas when I’m travelling through southern Nicaragua.