Travels across Nicaragua
with Mark Twain 1866


At the end of 1866, Mark Twain traveled to Nicaragua and the San Juan River. A traveler for nearly a decade of his adult life, Twain needed to go from San Francisco to New York City. Instead of crossing the United States by land, he chose to make his way to New York City via Nicaragua and the San Juan River. In a series of letters to the Alta California newspaper, Twain describes his travels through Nicaragua and down the San Juan River. Not published in book form until 1940 as
Travels with Mr. Brown Mark Twain’s commentary on Central America has remained relatively unknown to a good many historians and even readers of Twain. Here is the original English text and the Spanish translation of his account, which includes my introduction and textual notes to his travels over what was commonly called in the nineteenth century the Nicaraguan Route.

Travels with Mr. Brown

M.L. Juan Carlos Vargas.
Magister en Literatura inglesa y norteamericana. Profesor de la Escuela de Lenguas Modernas, Universidad de Costa Rica. San Pedro de Montes de Oca, San José, Costa Rica.

"...nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people."
Mark Twain

Nicaragua and you...
a time you won't forget