Nicaragua Better Than Ever: Colonial Homes from $145,000

Imagine yourself awakening to a symphony of tropical birds and brilliant sunshine. You walk into the open-air, center courtyard of your colonial home and pour yourself a rich cup of locally grown coffee. The courtyard’s lush, tropical vegetation is the home’s centerpiece oasis… and almost hides the blue, shimmering pool, right in your “living room.”

IL’s Calendar of Events

This unspoilt stretch of beautiful coastline is Ecuador’s finest and until recently, it was difficult to get to. But last year the new coastal road from Quito to Pedernales was finished. (Pedernales is just thirty minutes from this community.) This cuts the drive time from Quito to Pedernales in half, to three-and-a-half hours.

Beyond the Tuscan Obvious: Sculpture, Spas, Sand, and Wilderness

First it was the acrobat tied up in a tree. Then the three-headed woman with a snake slithering from her posterior. Now there’s a naked warrior with a belly big enough for Sumo wrestling… No, not a Tuscan freak show—it’s Piazza Matteoti in the northern Tuscan town of Pietrasanta. And these are only three of the town’s many bronze and marble sculptures.