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  • Day366


    May 17, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Still with Emma & Blake we jumped on the tiny ferry over to the island of Ometepe. Parking the van on the small deck was an exercise in complete trust as they directed me to within an inch of the walls, trucks and people! It was a short journey across to the amazing double volcanoes rising out of Lake Nicaragua (the largest in Central America).

    As we drove out of the small port town we ended up on the runway, with awesome views of the towering Volcano Concepción. Rather than tackling the 10 hour hike we headed to the more leisurely Ojos de Agua (Eyes of Water), where we spent a lovely afternoon relaxing around the glorious spring fed swimming holes. It cleared out when the last bus went passed at half 4 and we had the place to ourselves, along with a troop of capuchin monkeys (white face) and howler monkeys, for a very peaceful night.

    In the morning we hiked the other side of the island up Volcano Maderas. It was a tough and muddy 6+ hour walk, and we weren't rewarded with the views of Concepción we were hoping for, but some more close encounters with monkeys made it worthwhile.

    We were feeling justifiably lazy the next day and ended up back at the swimming hole as a respite from the 35+ C heat, and bumped into some people from our hike a few weeks earlier. That evening we had a few beers watching an incredible sunset followed by a pretty authentic Italian with Blake & Emma, before the heavens opened and we barely made it home without squashing any of the hundreds of large frogs that had covered the road.

    In the morning we dropped our friends at the bus station back on the mainland to continue their journey south as we headed back to León, via the only Walmart on the country to get some much needed western treats.
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  • Day59

    Isla de Ometepe

    February 24, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    My way to Isla de Ometepe started with a real chicken bus experience - backpackers call them chicken bus for a reason ;)
    There are always people that come on the bus selling all kind of stuff. Mostly food but I had people on the bus selling toothbrushes, phone charger or medical cream. Mostly people just walk through the bus but some of them also stand in the front on the bus talking to everybody praising their products or sometimes also their beliefs trying to raise money for something. On the first bus one of this guys was talking about something like a priest trying to raise some money for a good cause by selling some sweets. At the same time there was another guy outside putting a pig in a sack. The pig was screaming heartrendingly but the owner showed no mercy. He closed the sack and fixed it hanging on the back of the bus. So when the bus started moving the priest was still talking non stop and the pig in the bag doesn't stop screaming. It was kind of an absurd situation especially as all the locals didn't react at all and the few backpackers on the bus kept looking at each other trying neither to show compassion nor to start laughing. Later on the island I had to take another bus and for some reason (I guess there was a market that day) there were 5 people on the bus with boxes full of little chicks! They made a lot of noice so I guess that was the most authentic chicken bus I took so far 😅
    Isla de Ometepe was really beautiful. After I hiked up Volcano Maderas on my first full day we got bikes the next day to go to the other side of the island where we got us canoes and paddled into a river between the two volcanoes to watch some wildlife. We didn't see any crocodiles but some monkeys and turtles. So after 2 full workout days I spend my last day on the island mostly relaxing at the beach. I was planning on going on a sunset horseback ride but somehow someone forgot about it and in the end it didn't happen.
    I really liked the Lazy Crab Hostel where I stayed but the stuff was always a bit confused - so they forgot about horseback rides or other stuff. But somehow this matched with the relaxed atmosphere there so I didn't really mind.
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  • Day8

    Isla de Ometepe y Volcán Maderas

    June 27, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    4 days exploring Ometepe - lovely place to hike, cycle and chill in a hammock!

    Ate at a lovely restaurant called Cafe Campestre - delish curries, smoothies and home-made pasta all with fresh ingredients grown on the island! Not very typical Nicaraguan food but delish!

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