Viaje del Volcán travel blog


I have a few minutes before I have to catch a bus and thought I would drop you all a line and let you know how the trip goes...

The last week has been absolutely amazing!!! Gratefully, I was able to retrieve my bag and the next day, we left Guatemala and headed to spend a few days lounging in the Bay Islands on Isla Utila. It's quite the hustler's paradise and apparently very easy to get waylaid... Almost everyone we talked to said that they came with the intention of staying a few days and just never left. We even changed our plans to add another day to our stay there. We spent an additional day there and that gave me enough time to get my Scuba diving certification. The water was 80 degrees and crystal clear. An absolutely gorgeous and incredibly vibrant reef surrounds the whole island. It is internationally known for diving and is also the cheapest place in the world to dive. Not being much of a water boy, it took a little convincing to get me to dive, but by the time I was in the water, I was hooked. I'm hoping to get a chance to dive again when we get to Costa Rica...

After Utila, we took an incredibly long and brutal 15 hour bus ride to Leon, Nicaragua. The border was a little sketchy and we were quite worried about banditos as the border area is somewhat lawless and we didn't cross until almost 9pm. Everything worked out fine and when we rolled into Leon, we were greeted with fireworks and a lively celebration. They were celebrating the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary. The whole town was in party mode - what a great way to be introduced to a new city!

We split yesterday between volcano boarding and swimming at the beach. Yes, I said volcano boarding. We hiked up a 800 meter volcano and sat down on plywood sleds and shot down the face of the volcano. Some people even got to speeds of up to 60 km/hr. It was quite a thrill and afterward we were completely covered in black volcano dust. It was incredibly hot and I got fried. Our guide told us that it is the hottest place in Central America. We totally felt it! I'm a crimson raccoon...

Alright, gottta run and catch the bus. We are headed off for a few nights in Granada and then a couple more on Ometepe in Lago Nicaragua before we head down to Costa Rica...

I hope everyone is doing well...

Take care,

Russ



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