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Posted by Holly Wilson on Feb 19, 2019 10:53:04 AM

Gran Pacifica employee Esteban Rivera and his wife, Michelle Calero invited me to their home in La Trinidad for a New Year’s Eve dinner.

Esteban has worked at Gran Pacifica resort since 2006 in many different areas including the golf course, Sea Salt Restaurante, the surf shop, front desk, and now in maintenance.

His wife Michelle recently earned her Bachelors Degree in Environmental Michelle.Calero smallChemistry from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua (UNAN) and is now doing her practical studies in Managua at the CIRA Laboratory.

What Esteban did not tell me was that in order to get to their home, I would have to cross a river, driving across 100 feet of (shallow) water in order to reach their home on the other side of the river. I felt like I was on a jungle safari and was very much an “over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go” type of adventure. And to think that this was the "dry season", and the river was low. Esteban and Michelle said that the river is uncrossable six months of the year, but luckily for them, there is a second road to get to their home.

For dinner that evening, Michelle prepared a delicious meal of churasco (grilled steak) with a garlic sauce, salad, beans, and rice. For dessert, Esteban took his motorcycle across the river for ice cream.

It was a beautiful evening to sit outside and enjoy the full moon. We talked about many things, including buying a donkey or mule. I am always up for discussing “longears”, as well as other subjects in Spanish. We also listened to the river water as it rolled by peacefully. While I was there, Michelle and Esteban also showed me their vegetable garden where they grow tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, squash, and corn. Esteban says that he learned to garden from his grandfather.

Esteban is humble, respectful and hardworking. He is a favorite of many people from Gran Pacifica and is always seen with a big smile on his face. Esteban says that one of the things he loves most about working at Gran Pacifica is getting the opportunity to meet people from many different countries. Esteban began learning English in school and has continued to practice his English during his time at Gran Pacifica where he speaks with the many guests and residents that visit the property. He is not afraid to ask questions if he does not understand something.

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In addition to gardening and working at Gran Pacifica, Esteban also enjoys surfing, watching the sunsets on the Pacific, and making wood decorations. Hopefully, you will meet Esteban when you visit Gran Pacifica. He would be one of the reasons people say "we fell in love with the people from Nicaragua".


ECI Development delivers affordable luxury residence and resort communities in Central America, providing our clients with various premier lifestyle options from the Caribbean to the Pacific. ECI delivers inspired residences for adventurous souls.

Coupled with over 20 years of inherent corporate social responsibility in the communities where we work, ECI Development is building a sustainable business that is going to be around for the next 100+ years.

Holly Wilson

Written by Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson is from California. She has a Bachelor's in International Relations/Community Development and enjoyed her career in Social Services. She is now working with Gran Pacifica Resort / ECI Development, employing her special skills on the many projects of Corporate Social Responsibility this company engages in. She is enjoying living in Nicaragua and getting to know the great people here.

Topics: Gran Pacifica in Nicaragua, Activities at Gran Pacifica, Living in Latin America, Nicaraguan Culture, Living In Nicaragua