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Don't miss the best things to see in Nicaragua!

Yes the country has volcanoes, lakes, awesome surf, food and the Corn Islands. But there is something that 99% of the visitors miss out on because they just aren't aware or logistics don't allow it...Fiestas Patronales.

Nearly E V E R Y D A Y there are festivals going on in one little village or another to celebrate a saint or the Virgin Mary or that village's history. This is when the true Nicaragua comes out... for example in June there is a festival where men battle it out swatting each other with bull penises in the streets in the name of Saint Peter. There is a parade in a neighboring village where the people dress up as giant fish to get "caught" and reeled through the streets. In July there is a mock battle between the Christians and the Moors in a mountain town as well as a parade where 9-foot tall giant women and short, big-headed men (both played by kids) dance around to drums while others dressed as indigenous tribesman run around scaring the onlookers. Every month there are unique traditions going on and the amazing thing is that you won't see ANY tourists there!

If you are heading down that way make sure you schedule one of the fiestas in your itinerary or tell your travel agent that you want to experience one. You can find out more information at http://mana-ahuac.com/blog/

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