Departamento de Chinandega

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  • Day488

    Volcan San Cristóbal

    December 9, 2018 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Wir sind schon fast an der Grenze Nicaraguas angelangt und verabschieden uns von unserem Überraschungsland mit der Besteigung seines höchsten Vulkans.
    Damit wir auf dem schwarzen Gestein nicht grilliert werden, müssen wir nachts um 03.30 los. Ausserdem müsste man die Höhenmeter im knöcheltiefen Schotter eigentlich doppelt oder dreifach zählen...
    Aber die prächtigen Farben bei Sonnenaufgang und der Blick auf all die anderen rauchenden Vulkane entschädigen für die Strapazen.
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  • Day13


    December 27, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 91 °F

    The two words that summarize Nicaragua are “plastic,” and “poverty.” Discarded plastic bottles, bags, and packages are all over the streets and sidewalks. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Only Haiti is more impoverished. There is no compulsory education here and unemployment is 49%. And yet the people are friendly and kind. We docked at the port of Corinto, our gateway to the interior of Nicaragua. A 90 minute bus ride took us to the old colonial Spanish capital of Leon. Along the way, I was amazed by luxuriant fields of sugarcane, pineapple, bananas, cashew nuts, macadamia nuts and coffee. The terrain is almost breathtakingly beautiful. Virtually anything will grow in this hot, humid environment. The volcanic soil is some of the most fertile in the world. Of 23 volcanoes in Nicaragua 17 are still active. As we prepared to tour the old Spanish cathedral, our bus parked right beside a museum established to show the history of the attempted revolts of the 1970s and 1990s. The recent political turmoil in this nation began with the three-generation Samosa dictatorship in the 1950s. The Samosas were overthrown by Daniel Ortega. In the 1980s a Civil War between the Sandinistas in the Contras further injured the nation of Nicaragua. Now virtually all of the wealth of Nicaragua is controlled by fifteen extremely wealthy families. Still, the people are hopeful. For the last two years the nation has experienced an increase in it’s gross national product of about 1.5% per year. Tourism is on the increase. The Spanish Cathedral of the Assumption has been restored to its former glory, but in this hot, humid climate a team of workers must constantly clean the inside to remove the mold that grows over every square inch of the interior. The dominant impression that I have after visiting Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua is that culturally and linguistically these nations are much more similar than I expected. While they are separate nations with separate governments, the people share many of the same problems, interests, customs, and traditions.Read more

  • Day259

    Sunset Surf

    April 17, 2016 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    After lounging away the afternoon, we hit the beach for one last sunset surf, this time on boogie boards. The waves were much 'dirtier' at low tide, which made the bigger ones feel a bit scarier, but we still had fun surfing the wash under the setting sun. Then we treated ourselves to a tasty fried fish dinner to finish off our relaxing beach vacation.Read more

  • Day256

    And Then There Were Three

    April 14, 2016 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    We had debated going to Somoto Canyon, as Karl's cousin had recommended it to us, but with only a week left we couldn't quite muster up the interest to ride back up to 1000 m in the mountains when the beach was calling. Joe decided he was up for the detour and the climbing, however, so we said our goodbye over lukewarm watermelon and cold drinks at the turn off to El Sauce. It seemed so appropriate that the road quickly turned to dirt, as Joe is a seeker of dirt roads, who briefly sojourned along the pavement while riding with us over the last few weeks. We shared some good riding, great food and good laughs with Joe, so it was sad to see him go. We carried on toward the coast with Antoine, and quickly came upon another couple of bike tourers, Luz from Chile and Sylvain from France, who were riding from Patagonia. We chatted under the shade of a tree, and heard of their stressful crossing from Columbia to Panama by boat through Carti. We rode on through the afternoon, but when the wind picked up just as we rolled over 95 km we decided that was enough for one day. We stopped to get drinks at a tiendita, and asked if we could put up our tents. As usual we were welcomed to stay, and spent the evening among the chickens, pigs and cows, getting offered fruit, tortillas and coffee by our generous hosts. We also learned that this is another sugarcane growing area, and got to see multiple semis pulling strings of 5 empty trailers down a haul road parallel to the highway.Read more

  • Day257

    Quiet Coastal Nica

    April 15, 2016 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 35 °C

    It was time for some relaxing on the beach, so we headed to Jiquilillo, a quiet fishing town with a tiny bit of tourism, and just the ticket for a bit of surfing and lots of lounging. We landed at Rancho Esperanza, and took advantage of the many hammocks for some siestas before hitting the waves to try a bit of boogie boarding to get us started. We headed to a BBQ at sunset, but didn't make it too long before the tired eyes set in given our early start to the day - catching up on sleep was also high on our list of things to do while in Jiquilillo!Read more

  • Day258

    And Then There Were Two

    April 16, 2016 in Nicaragua ⋅

    We woke up and waited for the optimal surf tide, then headed to the beach. Antoine provided some tips for us beginners and we managed to ride the wash in a few times. We still have a long way to go before we win any championships, but took a little solace in hearing other surfer types complaining about the waves "closing out" and being hard to read. Antoine chefed up one more lunch for us to share and then packed his bags and set off in the afternoon heat, bound for Leon. It was sad to see him go and be back to just the two of us after all the great adventures we shared. We hope to see Antoine one day soon in Whitehorse. After he left, we continued our relaxing...Read more

  • Day259

    Kayaking in The Mangroves

    April 17, 2016 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Our shoulders were sore from paddling surfboards, but we thought we could manage a kayak tour in the Padre Ramos Nature Reserve the next day. We followed our guide through farm fields, under mango and cashew trees, and out to the calm waters of the estuary, where we boarded a double kayak - a change from our usual 'single occupancy vehicles'. We paddled down a large channel past mangrove trees and various species of birds, then through a series of narrow channels that brought us to a small hill providing a view over the 8,800 hectare protected mangrove forest. We learned about the 3 species of mangrove trees and the few shrimp farms that operate within the protected area, then wiggled our way back out through the mangrove roots to the little rancho where we began. It's always fun to change modes of transport and landscapes so drastically, and we learned a lot too.Read more

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