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The city of Rivas is situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Great Lake of Nicaragua (Cocibolca), and is known for its year round tropical weather, nice people, and is often known as the city of mangos due to its abundant mango tree population. The location of Rivas is excellent as it is situated along the Panamericana Highway, which allows for easy travel access to other cities within Nicaragua as well as to the border crossing with Costa Rica. It is also conveniently located just a few kilometers away from the Port of San Gorge which is a local attraction with beaches on shores of Lake Nicaragua and also location of local transportation to the Island of Ometepe via daily ferry rides. Rivas is a great place to stay due to the convenient location as it is centrally surrounded to many of the most renowned tourist destination in Nicaragua including many different beaches, volcanoes,  and cities with great colonial architecture.

At the center of the city like many other colonial cities, one can find the centrally located park called “Evaristo Carazo.” Here one can find local artisanal crafts, traditional food and the very popular rosquilla rivense. Near the park is also the church of San Pedro which is the third cathedral with spanish influence in Nicaragua. There is also a central market nearby where you can find many different tropical fruits, fresh vegetables, meats and seafood. Near the central market area one can find the local bus station which is the bus terminal for buses arriving from Managua and other cities in Nicaragua. Overall the city of Rivas can provide tourist with a variety of amenities and services including various supermarkets, various commercial plazas, a variety of shops, hotels, bars, restaurants, dance clubs, internet cafes, hospital, pharmacies, banks and ATM’s as well as other specific tourist oriented services. The prices of lodging can vary between $8 to $80 USD per night.

An interesting characteristic of the city of Rivas is that it has 1,000 pedicabs for transportation, making Rivas one of the least polluting cities and allowing it to have a positive environmental impact through local transportation methods. It is also noteworthy to mention that as a city Rivas has been able to maintain its identity. Rivas has been lucky to maintain its colonial cultural identity due to the lack of foreign investment and as a result will provide tourist with a unique experience. From the moment you arrive in the colonial of Rivas, you will feel and experience Nicaragua at the local level and be able to interact and experience the culture, gastronomy and the Nicaraguan style of living. The people of Rivas are known as very hospital and friendly towards foreigners.

Why do Spanish Immersion Programs Work?


Spanish immersion programs are a great way to learn because you learn and practice constantly throughout the day.  The limited amount of practice you get in a typical class back home just can’t compare to what you get spending any length of time submersed in the language and culture of a Spanish speaking country.

So why  do Spanish immersion programs work?  To sum it all up it works because it replicates the natural way of learning a language.  You start with sounds, which move on to words and then to groups of words, or phrases. Your ear picks up on subtleties  that help you understand a variety of people (not just your high school teacher’s accent!). Then you practice this rudimentary, caveman Spanish in your day-to-day activities and conversations as you get over the “awkward phase” of being embarrassed to practice what you know.  People correct you and you learn more.  You learn more by listening to people’s responses, picking up both vocabulary and grammar rules. If you politely ask them to help or correct your mistakes you get multiple teachers.

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Rivas cultural activities


Every Saturday in (the city of) Rivas cultural activities take place, such as traditional dances, (karaoke) singing, live mariachi and marimba music. There are vendors selling refreshments like chicha, a typical Nicaraguan drink. Also people can enjoy a gourmet food fair where families and visitors can try the different national dishes made my the people of Rivas and other Nicaraguan cities. There are artisans selling clothes and other things made in Nicaragua. At night, there are cultural and theatrical presentations, for which Rivas is famous. If you would like to know more about Nicaraguan life, food, and culture you can visit the family friendly fairs every Saturday from 10 in the morning until 10 at night.

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Rivas, Nicaragua

 

During the tour of Rivas you will hear a lot about how chief Nicarao, leader of indigenous peoples, met the frist Spanish Conquistadores here in Rivas(San Jorge) area in 1522 and you will also have the opportunity to visit the monument of chief Nicarao located next to road to San Jorge, Rivas.

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San Jorge , Rivas

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Rivas partied a small and nice feria for Valentine’s day many products to gift and crafts were sold.. Rivas is a cultural city of Nicaragua. This event will be present all day and evening beautiful cultural dances of the country.

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Regarding how La Griteria is celebrated, pretty much every household  installs an altar devoted to the virgin Maria outside their houses so that the entire neighborhood is one, giant devotional expanse. Adults and childrens head out together at 6 p.m visiting each home in the neighborhood. Upon arrival, They being shouting “What is the cause of so much happiness? the respond from inside teh house come next , which is “The Conception of Saint Maria”this exchange happens simultaneously through the area , chruches and cathedrals while scores of fireworks are lef off.
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Every year in Nicaragua on the dates of 1 and 2 November, the Day of the Dead is celebrated , people buy flowers to the cemetery to bring their families and are not alive.

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