Panama to Alaska 2008 travel blog

Boat across lake Arenal

Waiting at the border

Mosquitos on the windscreen

We had to start early to return by bus/ boat/ bus to fetch our cars before driving to Granada with a border crossing included. All ran very smoothly with a packed breakfast provided and we set off in the cars at 9.15am. The roads were beautiful and largely free of traffic. We had sharp curves with views of the lake to start with and then later the main road along the coast parallel to the Pacific coast.

The border crossing only took 2 ½ hours and we had some help organised. Many of the places where we had to wait were blessedly air conditioned and I finished my breakfast, allowing Robin to eat the well warmed up jam sandwich.

Nicaragua is much more arid and impoverished that Costa Rica so we saw hungry horses and brown fields. Things should improve soon as it is the end of the dry season. We passed another volcano which is apparently dormant.

Our hotel is in the old colonial style and all looks into courtyards with swimming pools – almost Moorish.

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