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Catarina Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 61 photos

At the crossroads of Los Pueblos Blancos, just a short walk from the neighbouring San Juan de Oriente, is the town of Catarina. The town is mainly known for its mirador (viewpoint) which is a favourite weekend hangout for both national and foreign tourists. The panoramic view is considered to be one of the best in Nicaragua, stretching for miles across the Laguna de Apoyo, Granada and out into Lake Nicaragua. According to legend, this viewpoint was one of young Augusto Sandino’s favourite places to contemplate decisions.

Catarina is known for its moderate climate and fertile soil. By strolling through the town you will find an increasing number of nurseries blooming with colourful tropical flowers, including different types of orchids, palms, cactus, jasmines… Along with basket weaving and woodcarving artisans, Catarina invites visitors with its small-town charm. Set among quaint and clean winding streets and old adobe homes, the town seems to have been preserved in time. The lush vegetation that decoratively lines the sides of the roads offers shade. People seat in the park or door stoops watching life pass by, contributing to the relaxing and lazy feel of the town.

  • Last visit to Catarina: Dec 2010
  • Intro Updated Mar 8, 2011
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  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2011 at 7:32 AM

    Nice place for a day visit but I guess you were on diet that day ;-)

  • picek's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    Ocarljivi so ti vrtovi z loncnicami - cudovito razbohoteno rastlinje je vsekakor nekaj, kar nenadoma pade v oci. Poleg sirokega razgleda nad laguno, seveda...

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2011 at 4:07 AM

    The Mirador does look stunning but really it's gotta be the Chicken Bus that is the real reason for going. :)

  • Mar 12, 2011 at 3:56 AM

    that mirador of the laguna is absolutely stunning. it looks so blue, and so sunny, must of been a great day! :)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    That nursery is a paradise for plant lovers .-) Haha, these are the moments when I would like to relocate around equator :-) Plants and fruit juices and... sun :-)

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