|Granada is Nicaragua's oldest city and over the years has managed to hold on to its colonial charm and with a surrounding countryside that includes active volcanoes and lakes. We had a pretty full but easy paced day today. First was a bit of a tour around town visiting some of the landmarks, including the local cemetery where all the presidents of Nicaragua are buried. Then we drove out to Masaya Volcano National Parks. A quick visit to the museum there and then a walk to the edge of the crater which is active and steaming away. You are limited to about 15 mins on the edge because of the gases that are getting pumped out. The wind was in the right direction blowing the fumes away, but if you got close they were quite overpowering.
Then it was on to the town of Masaya and a walk through the local craft markets. Then some lunch at a very local eating place. After this we went to a lake formed in a volcano crater for a swim. For a lake the water was quite choppy due to the wind.
Then it was on to Lake Nicaragua for a cruise around some of the 365 islands that exist in the lake. The guide we had hired for the day had made up a batch of the local drink, called "el macuá”, a blend of light rum, guava juice, lemon juice and sugar.
After all of this it was off for a massage - got to keep the back in tip top condition.
Vicki had said during the day she just felt like a pie, and funny enough we found an Irish pub that had shepherds pie - delicious!