Nicaragua is a country of stunning cultural achievements. This is a land where working-class people regularly write and quote poetry, and the greatest national hero, Rubén Darío, is a 19th Century poet. The country is still producing world-class writers like Ernesto Cardenal, Daisy Zamora, Silvio Sirias, Gioconda Belli, and Sergio Ramirez. Nicaraguan artists are known for their stunningly colorful paintings and Mayan-themed pottery.
Nicaraguan music is a lively, eclectic blend of traditional folk music, mariachis, Afro-Caribbean, flamenco, Latin pop, reggaton, and rock. Nicaragua is also a nation of musicians and singers. From the New Song Movement of the Revolutionary years to the multi-lingual, multi-cultural wave of Nica Hip Hop, people love an eclectic mix of sounds and styles. On the Atlantic Coast kids congregate in the streets every evening to demonstrate break dancing and Caribbean rap. In Managua, Carlos Mejia Godoy, the father of Nicaraguan folk music, still plays in clubs and coffee houses. Rhythms like the trova became essential to writers in the post-war scenario of the 70s and 80s. Writers used trova to express social injustice, their hope for a better tomorrow, patriotism, and ecological conservation. This, in time, became a rhythm used in artistic Nicaraguan creations, and it therefore also became part of the culture.
Granada is a jewel of a colonial city, and it is
common for international travelers to fall in love with it at first sight.
It is not overrun with visitors and language students,
yet it provides a cosmopolitan and sophisticated ambiance, with charming
cafes, good restaurants, an active night life, and plenty to see and do. It
is within easy traveling distance to some of the most magnificent
attractions in Central America, including Lake Nicaragua and its Ometepe
Island, the gorgeous Pacific beaches, the volcanic parks of Mombacho and
Masaya, the arts and crafts centers of Catarina and San Juan del Oriente,
and the rainforests and mountains of central and northern Nicaragua.
Casa Xalteva provides our students with the opportunity for many
excursions during and outside of class time. You can tour Granada by foot
or bicycle, visit museums, or catch a concert, film or art exhibition at
one of the finest cultural centers in Central America, the Casa de los Tres
In Granada, the center of the cultural scene is Casa de Tres Mundos (also known as the Casa de Leones) founded by the poet, ex-priest and Sandinista leader Ernesto Cardenal and sponsored by the Austrian government. In any given week Tres Mundos might offer music and art classes, exhibits by local artists, poetry readings, concerts by European symphony orchestras and local teenage rock musicians, or lectures on archaeology, history and literature.