29.01.2013 - 11.02.2013 32 °C
Our first acquaintance in Managua was a 2 inch scorpion... Managua is scary enough without one of these in your dorm. We spend 20 minutes trying to remove him from one of the guys packs unharmed, until a worker walked past and squashed him in 2 seconds flat with a broom stick- the excitement was short lived!
San Jaun del Sur is Nicaragua's sunshine surf coast. For 3 days we lazed in a hut on the beach buying produce off the back of a truck from local farmers and expats , CT being sand blasted on the shore watching Sher surf for hours on end. It was an easy life as would be agreed by the hundred of Howler Monkeys occupying every tree top in sight.
Isla Ometepe evolved into itself as our plans for that place changed more than a few times a day. It unfolded into 3 nights in a jungle lodge with 2 young Americans and a boy cat called Susan. We swam the clear waters of Ojo de Aqua an overgrown "natural" spring inland with the need to dodge giant angry cows through paddocks to get in. The cycling there was hot and hard but the baby pigs on the road side made it worth the effort.
Lucky circumstances were that we had to do Volcan Conception day 2, given the state of our bodies following it day 1 would never have happened Vice versa! It was 4 limbed scramble up rocks and through jungle to the summit. It is an active volcano which meant the conditions at the top were pretty much indescribable. Rocks too hot to sit on, sulphur burning your eyes, clouds blowing into your face whilst tipping your head over the edge of the lip into the crater in the middle. Wow ! The climb down was no easier feat but the High from the top stayed with us for the first 3 hours so the pain kicked back in only for the last couple. To top it off there was no bus to take us back after so we were forced to make it back by foot and the back of a truck. We have never enjoyed the cold Nicaraguan showers more.
Granada is a bustling city tainted only by the rubbish and the old western men here seeking young brides! The days are hot and harsh so it screams relaxo to a back packer as do the chicken buses in this heat hence while we have 6 nights here. A lake in a collapsed volcano Lago de Apoyo is a great day to waste away the time kayacking and tubing with cold beers and nothing much else.
An boat around the Isletas takes you to see what it occupying the 300+ small islands just off the coast. We saw the home to Nicaragua's elite Flor de Cana's owners mansion of course... But the highlight?! Monkey island!! A small island where over years people have dropped off their unwanted pets and now where boats like up stop by to play with and feed those furry and cheeky abandoned friends who know only too well what treats these boats hold! We bumped into our friends Amy and Henry SO many times it was only right that we made the most of $1 cocktails with them on the last night.