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Nicaragua

Curious what backpackers do in Nicaragua? Discover travel destinations all over the world of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • We are going to Nicaragua by boat and not a fancy boat. The trip is quite pleasant and we get ponchos smelling of fuel when the waves just start getting bigger and start soaking us!

    We arrive at a beach in Nicaragua and get out of the boat into the water them walk onto the beach. Such an odd way to enter the country.

    Thankfully a guy is there to carry our bags up the beach to the mini van - the guy carried three bags at once! I tipped him well as he works for tips and only works when these tours arrive by boat.

    Also this customs office only puts on uniforms when tours like ours arrive!

    We drive to Leon the second largest town in Nicaragua. Lots of poverty in the rural parts as you can see.

    The town is very busy with lots of bars and restaurants. We have a leisurely lunch in a lovely place with a courtyard and hammocks! I am loving it.

    After a late and long lunch we have a quick walk around, make a supermarket stop, eat at MacDonalds and then back to the hotel to rest.

    And what am I doing tomorrow!!!

    Climbing another volcano!!

    Photos:
    1 Leaving El Salvador
    2 The boat trip!
    3 & 4 we arrive!
    5 & 6 Rural life
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  • I hiked up a live volcano and then slid down the side of it on volcanic ash on a wooden board at a 45 degree angle!!

    Never thought I would do that! The lawyer in me is saying an extreme sport will not be covered by insurance and is this really a good idea!

    I did ask alot of questions though after the last debacle!

    This is the only place in the world that you can do this so I think its a must.

    We set off at 6.30am in a four wheel drive and everyone had a proper seat! An hour's drive and then we start hiking. Check out my board!

    It wasn't too bad but it is abit slippery climbing over the loose volcanic rocks.

    Going early we miss the heat and the crowds. Its very windy at the top though. On go the protective suits, gloves and goggles and we are ready!
    Leaning back makes you go faster and you keep your heels on the ash as you go down.

    Some people can clock up speeds of 100km. The record is 175km on a bike but the guy that did that broke both his arms legs collarbone and various other bones on his first attempt when his bike broke in half!

    It was so much fun and I wanted to go faster but couldn't lift my heels up high enough! The guide said he was very impressed with my run! Some people didn't slide much at all and others only half way down. We all got covered in ash though with lots of grit and little rocks in our hair.

    Totally exhausted though. After getting lunch we set off the Granada about three hours away.

    Once in Granada we get the most extensive and comprehensive safety briefing so far! Basically never go anywhere alone, if out at night get a taxi, if you go out at night beware of everyone, don't use any ATM that doesn't have an armed guard, only venture three blocks down the main street, avoid side streets particularly the one that runs right pass the hotel!!, don't walk through any park after 5pm and then a list of alot places you can't go near and a list of other places where you can go but you must get the hell out of there before 4.30 when its starts to go bad!

    We are all wondering if the hotel is the best place to spend our time!

    We head out for dinner and the main street and square are very lively. We have a great meal sitting outside with lots of street entertainment.

    An excellent day!!

    Photos

    The crater at the top of the volcano
    Off I go!
    What we climbed up
    Protective gear blown up by the wind
    What we saw as we started our slid!
    Down we go!
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  • Big day today!

    Bit of a city tour including the cemetery. Then a visit to the biggest hammock.

    Next a boat tour around the little islands that were formed by a volcano eruption. Now the rich have their homes there.

    Then a few hours in a resort right on Laguna de Apoyo which is a crater lake. Beautiful and the temperature of the water was perfect.

    After lunch here I lay in a hammock with a smoothie - my favourite pass time here!

    Then onto the Masaya craft markets where we didn't have long enough!

    Last stop was the highlight which was the Masaya volcano where we got to look at the lava! It was fantastic!

    You only get 15 mintures then a whistle blows and have to leave. You have to queue up and wait abit due to its popularity. All the cars and vans have to park facing the exit. Our tour guide put on a laser show in the van with some loud music which was abit of fun.

    Very funny getting out of the van as we were told to be ready to rush out of the van and grab a viewing spot. We felt like the military on a mission!

    Photos

    Lava!
    Crater lake we swam in - love the antenna on my head!
    Biggest hammock
    Granada cemetery
    Island
    View from Lake Nicaragua
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  • Little people at the top of the volcano
    We walked across here with high winds
    Lovely natural colours
    About to do a backflip right off the volcano - you can't tell but it was a sheer drop and quite windy!
    A little person on my shoulder
    You can see the sliding path on the volcano

  • Walked around Granada - ok but Antigua was better.
    So hot all you want to do is sit in a courtyard cafe drinking smoothies.

    The cafes in Guatemala El Salvador Honduras and Nicaragua are fabulous and the ones with garden cafes in colonial buildings are the best.

    In the afternoon off to Ometepe Island which is in Lake Nicaragua. Tedious public boat ride to the island - boat was so crowded there were no seats.

    Hotel is in the middle of nowhere but right on the lake so might have a chill day tomorrow.
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  • Noting much to report. Chill day by the lake after a nice slept in!

    Big travel day tomorrow to Costa Rica - 7am till 5pm!

You might also know this place by the following names:

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