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Mar 6, 2018 - The Gates of Hell

Tuesday Up around 7:00 after a good night and out to the hotel restaurant for breakfast. Omelet and toast with tea. Then back to the room and do a bit of laundry and cleaning up, then the clerk says our tour is ready – and it’s Kevin again – same guide from yesterday. Different driver though. We travel to Masaya and enter the volcano park. We stop at a field of a lava flow from 1772 – you could see where the lava had flowed out of the crater and followed a path across the hillside. We collected a couple pieces of the lava and looked around...

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A Week in Nicaragua

Mar 5, 2018 - To Granada and all around

Wake up fairly early and down for breakfast – pineapple, oranges, and toast and tea. Back and pack up all our stuff and off to the lobby. Chat with the owner (as well as we could in Spanish and English) and she told of a tsunami that flooded the hotel 20 years ago – but the adobe walls – two feet thick – kept things secure. Our transport showed up right at 9:00 and we piled in. Another 10 or so folks from all around were on the van as well. We drove for about three hours through Managua (where a Myan kid washed our windshield) and into...

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A Week in Nicaragua

Jan 23, 2018 - Granada

This morning's wake up call was not that of a screeching siren, or the cuckoorooku of the dove but that of human voices, the jubilant voice of one of hosts here at the Hotel Casa San Francisco, Terry Leary. Terry, and her sister Nancy came here in 2002 before tourism blossomed in Nica. They are originally from the US, the Bay Area of California, however both have spent many years with the Peace Corp. They fell in love with Granada and immediately purchased the home of Nicaraguan family Barberena, and lovingly created the Hotel Casa San...

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Jan 22, 2018 - Leon to Granada

Today we leave this beautiful hotel and head to Granada for the next two nights. During breakfast we chat with a lovely young couple from Holland who have just come from Costa Rica. They are full of wonderful stories and suggestions we are very grateful as most people we talk to have a negative spin on Costa Rica; it's too touristy, it's expensive etc. etc. From our conversation we have decided to break up our journey from the Pacific beaches to San Jose by stopping in the Arenal / La Fortuna area. We were able to book the Arenal...

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Jan 13, 2018 - Day Trip to Granada

Facts The Nicarao are the earliest natives of Nicaragua assumed to be related to the Aztec & Mayan people of Mexico. When the Spanish came under de Córdoba in the 1500s, they named the country after the Nicarao people plus the vast amounts of water (agua) The current currency is the Córdoba Population is approximately 6million and 1million live in the capital Managua Lake Nicaragua or Lago Cocibolca is the largest freshwater lake in Central America and the 19th largest lake in the world. It is 161 km long and 71 km wide, over 8200 square...

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Nov 14, 2017 - Great Granada

The “chicken” bus (so called as it is most locals only form of transport and they usually have a couple of chickens with them) took a little longer to get to Granada than taking the tourist shuttle, but it was only about 70p each so we weren’t complaining. It was quite fun traveling on an ex US school bus, even if our arses were a bit sore for a day or so after! Granada is a lovely place, a colonial town on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. We enjoyed several days here. The first night there was live music in the main square; it was a...

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Aug 9, 2017 - Ometepe to Granada

We leave Ometepe today by ferry, back across Lake Nicaragua. Hector never did sort out his problem with immigration in Nicaragua so we are met at the ferry by a new driver, Manuel. We drive for an hour or so to reach Granada by noon. We can't check in so we leave our bags at reception and Tomas shows us the beautiful square in the centre of Granada and the street that runs off the square that has all the restaurants. We are to eat lunch and be back at our Hotel at 3pm for a walking tour of the city. We aren't quite ready for lunch so we go...

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The Americas

Jun 18, 2015 - Granada

Today we headed to Granada, a beautiful resort town, which still has incredible levels of poverty in its barrios. There is obviously much wealth here, but also people living in such horrible conditions. We visited Educacion Plus; an NGO run by a Korean born orphan raised by Mid Western parents, who fell in love with Nicaragua while she was here on vacation and has basically stayed. Her group provides kids from the barrios of Pateranal with a banana to start their school day and a balanced nutritious meal, which for at least 30% of these...

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Sisters in Nicaragua

May 3, 2015 - A run for the Nicaragua Border

A very early start on the bus at 5:05 running a bit late was to leave at 5:00, lol rolling out of Comayagua heading to the border crossing of Honduras/Nicaragua this is our longest travel day, on the road 12 hours, a few bathroom stops and about a hour at the border, a stop for some lunch, we get in Nicaragua my 80th country and the last new for the rest of the trip. As this was a Sunday we didn't have big traffic problems and the bus was okay for travel actually had 5 vacate seats, but is was a very long day. We get to Granada at 4:45 so a...

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Mar 30, 2014 - Leon to Granada

Had an option to go "Lava boarding" today, which is like sandboarding except down the side of a volcano on ash. The 1 hour walk up in the 37 deg heat to do just one slide down put us off, and we decided to have a look around Leon. After Granada, which is better preserved, León has the best colonial architecture in Nicaragua. León has more colonial churches and cathedrals per capita than any other place in Nicaragua. If you are on a church tour, there are thirteen to check out in town. We decided to just check out the main cathedral. León...

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Feb 22, 2014 - Granada, Lake Nicaragua and the Masaya Market

8 pm Today was basically a day of rest and “touring”. We were able to sleep in until 7:30 am and then breakfast at 8 am. After breakfast the team loaded on the bus while Melody, Charlie, Humberto and I got into Travis’ truck for the ride to Granada – a former capitol of Nicaragua and somewhat of a tourist destination. . We left Charlie with Debbie and Chuck and went on a 45 minute boat ride amongst some small islands dear the shore of Lake Nicaragua – the largest in Central America. It was almost like being on the Jungle Ride in Disney...

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Feb 18, 2014 - Granada

Well I made the bus this morning and they had room. It was a longer trip than normal, which is already abnormally long, due to road construction. The border was no problem at all and I'm in the hotel I wanted to stay at. I'm at the Real Granada Hotel and at $45 a night it pretty pricey for Nicaragua but they're doing my laundry as we speak the they also serve breakfast. It's great little place that I stayed at last time and the owner remembered me from last time. I could have gone to a hostel for $10 but they don't have great wifi or...

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