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  • Day141

    An inconvenient border crossing

    January 26, 2020 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    We didn't use our mosquito net as we didn't see any mosquitos when we went to bed. Bad decision! They all came during the night. Plus, it didn't cool down at all and the neighbours had some private party, so we didn't sleep well. Still got up early to make it to the border to Nicaragua.
    We only had some 48 hours in Honduras, but still got some impression of the people and the culture. We saw a lot of poverty, people living from the rubbish of the nearby landfill. At this time of the year, there is also a constant shortage of water and running water is no standard at all in general. People openly express their disgust of the current government and how the politicians steal money from the people. On the other hand, they are amazingly friendly and hospitable, always open for a chat. And the roads were the best so far in Central America.
    When we reached the border, we first had to pass a long line of trucks waiting to cross. I guess they have to wait for a couple of days, as going through customs takes forever. We got a warning that also for tourists, the crossing can be quite tiring, so we were prepared.
    Exiting Honduras was fast. Luckily, we arrived just before a big bus, so no line for us.
    Then, the part for entering Nicaragua started. We crossed a bridge between the two countries where they checked our stamps in the passports. Then they directed us to a building. The entrance was hard to find as everything was under construction and no signs to be seen. We queued in a line until they directed us to another room with scanners for the luggage. Here, they told us we need a declaration form for all the bags, otherwise we cannot enter. They should have given us those forms at the bridge where they checked our stamps. Plus, we had to go to another window for migration. As the people from the bus were behind us, we decided to go to migration first. This was a 20min interview process about our itenary, motivation, jobs, hotel reservations etc. A guy noted everything down on a photocopy of our passports (that we had to provide). Afterwards, we had to go to a different window again. Here we paid 12$ per person and had to answer the same questions again. This time, an unfriendly woman typed the answers into a computer. We also got 3 receipts for the money we paid - all handwritten of course. What a waste of time! But we got our stamps and passed the migration part.
    Then I ran back to the bridge to get the declaration form while Herbert watched the bikes. We quickly filled it out to beat the bus crowd, went to the scanner room again, unloaded the bikes and had all bags scanned (even though nobody looked at the computer). Easy! Loaded the bikes again and off to the next bridge where they checked the passports and stamps again. They also collected the forms - and told us that they lacked a signature from the guys at the scanner and we'd have to go back to get it. Seriously??? I was about to explode (all this was also around midday and it was above 40°C again) when the guy asked his partner if he could confirm that we had all bags scanned. His partner nodded and confirmed (of course he did NOT see it as this was in another building, but good for him he confirmed anyways). So after 1.5 hours, we were finally in Nicaragua.
    We only continued to Somotillo, 5km after a border and decided to call it a day. We were tired and it was hot, so we took a hotel with nice owners and rested for the rest of the day.
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  • Day143

    First ("real") capital: Managua

    January 28, 2020 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Actually, we had planned to avoid the capitals in Central America as it's no fun biking in big cities. However, we got an invite again, so we decided to stay a night in Managua. It's our first capital on the trip (as Herbert doesn't count Belmopan in Belize as a real capital).
    The route was quite uneventful, quite some construction at the beginning and strong headwinds for the rest of the day.
    We met a Dutch cyclist on his way from Panama to Mexico. Finally, we meet others on a similar adventure.
    In Nagarote, we stopped for lunch. JoPo, our contact in Managua recommended to get Quesillos, a typical food in this region. It consists of tortillas filled with a special cheese, onions, salt and creme. Not too bad for a snack.
    Next stop was at a mirador from where we had spectacular views of Momotombo, a smoking volcano. Here we met a family from Costa Rica. Roger and his wife invited us to their place, so we exchanged numbers. Let's see if we will pass by.
    In Managua, we had some time until we were going to meet JoPo, so we visited the harbour, the malecon, and the Plaza de la Revolucion with the cathedral. The city of Managua is quite different to what we've seen before: big alleys, many monuments, huge buildings that resemble more a former Soviet city.
    As we still had some time, so we went to a swimming pool. Although it was hot, the pool was nearly empty. When we heard the price (about 1.50US$ per hour), we knew why. That's a lot of money here! None the less, Herbert went for a swim - his haircut was suitable for the pool. I had to opt out as you needed a bathing cap with long hair... Instead, I just enjoyed a free cold shower only.
    Then we headed to the Japanese park to meet JoPo. He had organized a stay with his friend Manuel. His house is like a museum with old telephones, discs, cans, books, and whatever else he had collected in his life. We had an interesting evening discussing bike travel, politics and other things. Always interesting to talk to locals and learn about their country from them!
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  • Day145

    Ometepe - a volcanic island

    January 30, 2020 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Today, we had some time to explore this beautiful island. We had a bit of a sleep in and had breakfast at our hostel. Then we headed to Punto Jesus Maria, a sand strip with some bars where you can swim and enjoy views of Volcan de Concepción.
    As the breakfast in the hostel was quite small, we had another breakfast stop at a roadside restaurant which also included yummy fresh melon and maracuya juices.
    On the way to our host, we had to go to the Northern side of the island. On the way, we saw interesting trees, monkeys, lots of birds and friendly people. There's almost no traffic on the island, so cycling is fun.
    We arrived at Rolando's at midday. He is turning an old banana farm house into a hostel and lets bike tourists stay there for free. Unfortunately, he wasn't at home so we didn't get the chance to meet, but seems to be a great guy!
    In the afternoon, we explored the Southern part of Ometepe and went to Santo Domingo beach. You really don't need to go to the Caribbean when you have this island in Nicaragua. The water is warm, there's bars, nice beaches and all for much cheaper with less tourists!
    On the way back, I jumped into a river where the locals swim. It was a bit colder than the lake, so quite refreshing after a day of cycling. Back at the farmhouse, we cooked dinner and enjoyed the seaview from the deck. Ometepe is definitely a great place to visit and relax!
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  • Day146

    Relaxing at the Pacific: SanJuan del Sur

    January 31, 2020 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Alarm at 5:30am, on the bikes at 5:55am - new record in the morning. But we had to leave early as the first ferry left at 7:30am from the South side of the island. On the way to the ferry, we enjoyed some last impressions of the islands including its pigs and cows next to and on the street.
    We got to the ferry half an hour before it left which gave us some time to watch the scenes of loading it. 3 big trucks, several cars, motorbikes, our bikes, many people... We couldn't find any information about weight or people limits but are sure the ferry was overloaded. Anyways, the locals didn't seem to bother and we made it to the mainland again without any problems. Costs this time: 50 córdoba for each of us - no harbour tourist tax, no bicycle tax, no additional costs for the bikes like on the way to the island. Interesting policies they have!
    We really enjoyed Ometepe and hope that this little paradise stays as it is. Obviously, the government has granted the Chinese permission to build a second canal like the Panama Canal. According to the plans, this canal should be built right through the lake Cocibolca. However, permission was granted in 2014 and until now they haven't started building anything yet (in 2014, they said it should be finished by 2019...).
    As we made good progress over the past weeks, we decided to stay another day in Nicaragua. The Pacific Coast is only 18km away from the lake, so we went to San Juan del Sur. It's a very nice beachtown, beautiful bay, touristy but neither overcrowded nor overpriced. We spent the afternoon at the beach, had a local beer and icecream and stocked up food for Costs Rica which is supposed to be really expensive.
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  • Day142


    January 27, 2020 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    As most shops and markets are closed on Sundays in Nicaragua, we couldn't find anything for breakfast yesterday. So we took of early today and stopped after 20km at a restaurant for rice, beans, cheese, eggs with ham, and a refreshing handmade lemonade. Good start into the cycling day!
    After the first few km, the road was also perfectly smooth with few traffic, so we could enjoy the view of the volcanos and observe people on horses and in oxcarts which seem to be common means of transport here.
    At some stage, we turned towards León, and the road wasn't smooth asphalt anymore but dirt. Luckily, we got back on a main road after 6km.
    We rode into León, where we looked for a hostel for the night. We decided to stay in the 3rd one we checked as it offered good value for money. After the general chores (laundry, shower, cleaning water bottles and sunglasses), we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring this awesome colonial town, bought food at the market, cooked dinner and planned out the route for the rest of Nicaragua as well as part of Costa Rica. There's actually quite some tourists here which we haven't seen in a while...
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  • Day295

    Granada mit halber Kraft

    December 9, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Nach der Insel Ometepe in Nicaragua ging es für uns weiter in die kleine Stadt Granada in der wir uns ein schönes Apartment gemietet haben, in dem wir viel Zeit verbringen wollten.
    Denn 5 Tage Heilfasten stande für uns auf dem Plan. Dies hatten wir uns schon lange vorgenommen aber es hat sich nie die Möglichkeit ergeben.
    Also hieß es 5 Tage ausgekochte Gemüsebrühe, Wasser, Tee, Fruchtsäfte und natürlich nichts zum kauen.
    Tag 1 war bis auf leichtes Magenknurren recht entspannt.
    Tag 2 fing damit an zu versuchen, aus dem Bett zu klettern, denn Energie hatte man so gut wie keine mehr und der Magen knurrte nun richtig.
    Tag 3 und 4 waren dagegen wieder ganz anders man fühlte sich langsam fitter und das Magenknurren verging. Nur das Bedürfnis nach etwas Leckerem wurde größer und größer, vorallem wenn man durch die Straßen mit den Restaurants und den guten Gerüchen lief.
    Tag 5 war dann nur noch halb so schlimm, denn es war fast geschafft. Ausserdem lenkten wir uns noch mit einer Tour auf den Vulkan Masaya ab, auf dem man Lava zu sehen bekommt.
    Bloß gut, dass wir bis zum Krater gefahren wurden, denn besteigen wäre mit unserer halben Kraft nicht möglich gewesen.
    Und dann der Blick in den Krater in dem die Lava blubberte. Ein komisches Gefühl zu wissen, das der Vulkan jeden Moment Überdruck bekommen könnte und deswegen darf man sich auch nicht länger als 20 Minuten auf dem Vulkan aufhalten.
    Anschließend ging es noch ins Museum in dem man jede Menge über den Ursprung, letzten Ausbruch und vieles mehr erfährt.
    Und dann kam Tag 6. Ein leckerer Apfel, unsere erste Mahlzeit, für das Fastenbrechen stand schon auf dem Tisch bereit. Der Apfel war traumhaft, man könnte sagen wir haben noch nie so einen guten Apfel gegessen.
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  • Day544

    Fahrt nach Granada

    November 20, 2020 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Nach über 8 Monaten in Costa Rica ist es nun soweit. Meine Tour geht weiter. Nachdem Honduras die Grenzen geöffnet hat, ist eine Weiterfahrt bis Mexico möglich. So starte ich heute mit allem ausgerüstet, Versicherung und negativem Covid Test Richtung Norden. Der Grenzübertritt dauert über vier Stunden, doch nun bin ich wieder "BACK ON TOUR".
    Entlang dem Lago Nicaragua mit Sicht auf die zwei Vulakane im See, vorbei am Vulkan Mombacho erreiche ich Granada. Hier stehe ich für ein paar Tage im Hotel Jardin de Granada.
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  • Day69

    Weiter nach Granada

    May 18, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Die Fahrt nach Granada im "chicken bus" war aufregend und lustig. Die aufgemotzten alten US-amerikanischen Schulbusse sind in Nicaragua das Beförderungsmittel Nr. 1 und die günstigste Art zu reisen. Also habe ich erst einen Bus von San Juan del Sur nach Rivas genommen und bin dann in den Bus nach Granada umgestiegen. Den richtigen Bus zu finden war nicht ganz so schwierig, da jeder Fahrer das Ziel seiner Route laut und wiederholend heraus schreit. 😆 Nach insgesamt knapp drei Stunden Fahrt bin ich gut behalten in Granada angekommen und habe den Nachmittag über die Stadt zu Fuß erkundet. Granada ist eine tolle Stadt! Die alten Kolonialbauten und Kirchen sind beeindruckend und wunderschön...Read more

  • Day700

    Vorbei an Tipitapa

    June 19, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Wenn Einer eine Reise tut, Dann kann er was erzählen...

    Nachdem ich die letzten 3 Monate mehr oder weniger häuslich war ist es eine wahre Freude, mit lauter Einheimischen im "Chickenbus" ins wenig touristische Estelí zu fahren.

    Angefangen von einem singenden Cowboy, unzähligen fliegenden Händlern, dich sich durch den Bus quetschen & Getränke in Tüten oder Fritiertes verkaufen war der Prediger mal wieder mein Highlight. Hier ist es nicht notwendig in die Kirche zu gehen, um wilden Predigen zu lauschen. Ob im Boot oder Bus, findet sich sicherlich jemand berufen die Bibel zu zitieren. Und das mit Nachdruck. Mit netten Worten über Gottes Liebe zu seinen Schafen angefangen, schreit er bald, fast schon besessen, durch den Bus und lässt alle Nichtgläubigen direkt in die Hölle wandern. Dieses nette Exemplar fragt die Fahrgäste sogar per Handzeichen wer an Gott glaubt. Danach noch an das Business denken und Süßes verkaufen. Das All-In Paket.

    Im hübsch benannten Ort Tipitapa musste ich zwar nur umsteigen, aber eine Erwähnung ist es mir allemal Wert ;).
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  • Day550

    Puerto Momotombo

    November 26, 2020 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Am Lago Managua, gegenüber dem Vulkan Momotombo liegt dieser kleine gleichnamige Hafen. Es führt eine Strasse direkt zum See, wo die Fischer ihre Boote anlegen. Links und rechts dieser Strasse sind einige Restaurants. ich stehe hier vor den untersten Strandbar und verbringe hier die Nacht. Der Sonnenaufgang über dem kleinen Vulkan im See, dem Momotombito, dazu die Fischer wo bereits zurückkehren, geben dem Moment etwas Besonders.Read more

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