The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes

Recently our ambassador, Heather Mundt of Momfari, traveled with her family to Nicaragua, the land of lakes and volcanoes. As a traveling family with two boys ages 8 and 10, they really love to stay active and find one of the best places in the world to do that is in Nicaragua. Central America’s largest country, Nicaragua is considered by the UN to be among the safest in the Americas, despite being the poorest in the Western Hemisphere behind Haiti. We asked Heather to share her experience with us through her photos and her own words.

Stopping in Ometepe’s harbor village Moyogalpa before jumping on the ferry back to the mainland. Wearing: Aventura’s Tinsley LS, white; Tara Short, brindle.

Offering 24 volcanoes along the Pacific Coast, eight of them active, and Central America’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Nicaragua—roughly the size of Puerto Rico and the original site for a canal before Panama claimed the prize—there is endless opportunity for outdoor adventure.

Add in charming colonial cities like Granada, established in 1524 and the oldest city in Central America remaining on its original site, and world-class surfing spots around San Juan del Sur, it’s no wonder we’ve returned so often with our kids since our first visit in 2006.

A view of Maderas on Ometepe.

Our home base for this trip was Finca las Nubes, a 240-acre nature reserve etched on a hilltop above Nicaragua’s legendary beach destination, San Juan del Sur. Offering five villas for rent in a serene, eco-friendly setting that supports the local community, this all-inclusive family destination was perfect for our weeklong stay in this Central American gem.

My husband, Michael, watching our kids swim in Ojo de Agua, a natural-spring pool on Ometepe Island that’s fed from one of its twin volcanoes, Maderas. (The other, taller one is Concepcion.) Wearing: Ecoths Sommersett SS, wasabi; Hamilton Short, navy.

This trip is also representative of how we like to vacation—active, outdoor adventure with some culture mixed in—and being an Aventura ambassador is so much a part of that lifestyle. When I pack for trips like these, I appreciate that my Aventura pieces will be comfortable and durable, and wash well while traveling. See more of Heather’s trip by following her on Instagram @momfari.

Watching Howler Monkeys right outside at Finca las Nubes above San Juan del Sur while wearing the Gia Dress in multi. I wore this dress many days during our trip, even if it was just to throw over my swimsuit as a cover-up.

Shop Heather’s Vacation Look

Lark Tank, Scout Short, Tinsley LS, Tara Short, Gia Dress