Food in el campo (the Nicaraguan countryside) is simple, and consists largely of what is grown in the campo itself - tortillas made of corn, red beans, chayote (a green squash-like vegatable), yucca and malanga (a bit like taro root), avacados, chicken, eggs, and cuajada (a salty, soft, fresh cheese). Vegetarians will have no problem, just ask for your plate without meat. Fruit drinks (refrescos) are made of tropical fruit juice mixed with purified water and sugar. Many families roast their own coffee over an open cooking fire and will welcome you to be a part of this process upon request.



Life in el campo is generally without many amenities that you might be used to. Houses are basic, made of adobe, wood, or cement bricks, often with dirt floors and one or two rooms as most. However, many comfortable guesthouses have been constructed for visitors with beds and private private bathrooms, which include showers and flush toilets. You will share your common space with the family and in some rare instances may also make use of their latrines and outdoor bathing areas. Houses along main roads generally have electricity, but those a further off probably will not. And, even in houses that do have power it often fails, so bring a flashlight and prepare yourself to enjoy a tranquil and brief respite from technology.

Photo Donation: Bridget O´Brien and Matt Kadey