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Jan 12, 2020 - Leon

We arrived in Leon on Friday, Jan 10th. The first afternoon we walked to the main square stopping off at Carnivore for lunch...basically huge tacos. From here we went on to the Central Plaza. It is a huge square in front of the cathedral with lots of vendors selling touristy kitsch, a sidewalk restaurant Seseta. It has white buildings surrounding it..some are like corner stores, a Revolution Museum, bars that sell hot dogs as well as beer. We took a street from one corner walked 2 blocks and over one to a private art museum with a...

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CostaRicaToCancun

Apr 18, 2018 - Nicaragua

We spent two weeks in Nicaragua.After Leon we went to Granada which was a nice colonial city.We went to see a volcano and saw the lava bubbling.I swam in another volcano crater and had fun. We then went to a coastal town called San Juan del Sur for a few days.We then crossed the border into Costa Rica.

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Connor's adventure

Mar 4, 2018 - Boarding the Black Volcano - Cerro Negro

Up at 6:00 after a chilly night. Get dressed and down to a breakfast of fruit and papaya. The hotel clerk gives us a coupe extra waters and off we go to the hotel we were at last night which is to be the pickup for the day. We were supposed to meet at 8:00 and no one showed, so we wandered around to several tour places asking if they were the ones – but no luck. We took a walk and visited a local Catholic Church where mass was being said, but only stayed a minute or two. At about 8:45 the truck shows up! About 20 people on the open truck –...

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A Week in Nicaragua

Mar 3, 2018 - From home to Leon, Nicaragua

Up pretty early and Kitty and Alice feed the critters. Then we pack the car and head for Dulles! Stop at Sheetz on the way to gas up and then head up route 29. No major issues. Stop at the Sheetz in Opal but all the gas tank were either empty of occupied, so we got some snacks and continued on our way. Got to the Wingate in Chantilly and parked the car. Very windy day so quite cool. We only had to wait about 15 minutes before the driver showed up and we were at the airport a bit before noon. As we had our tickets printed out we checked our...

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A Week in Nicaragua

Jan 21, 2018 - Leon

We awoke up one minute before the 7:00am city siren - what the heck! Even on Sundays it goes off and sounds like an air raid or a tsunami siren. Thankfully we were already awake, or it may have given us a heart attack. We take our time heading to breakfast as we will just take it easy today. I head out around 9:00am to see if I can do the Cathedral roof tour. It is one of the most popular things to do in Leon with a stunning view of the city. Yippeee the roof is open on Sunday. Along with about 50 others, I climb the stairs to the Cathedral...

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Nov 12, 2017 - Leon, Nicaragua

Today was a loooooooonnnng day! We left our cabana at 5am to get to the dock to catch the 2 hour ferry to the mainland. Then we got a 12 hour shuttle, crammed on a minibus with 15 randoms, to cross the border into Nicaragua to finally get to Leon at 2am. We had a day to explore Leon, an industrial town with not so many tourists, only really interesting because it was a hotbed of rebels during the revolution. There are lots of murals celebrating the revolution where a milatary dictatorship was overthrown to bring peace; we saw quite a few...

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Aug 12, 2017 - Leon

Leon is the city of Lions. Lions adorn many buildings and many of the 16 Churches. It has narrow cobblestone streets too and quaint colonial buildings but I think Granada is nicer. This morning we have a walking tour of Leon with Franklin who, apart from being a guide is also a salsa dancer and he has the right looks and physique to match! First we visit the mural a across the road from our Hotel. It gives a chronological insight to the turbulent history of Leon. We walk to see the petrol station where petrol was set alight to attack the...

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The Americas

Aug 11, 2017 - Granada to Leon

We leave Granada today to travel to Masaya, then the capital of Nicaragua, Managua, an then Leon. We pass the the old train station of Granada. The railroad went into decline in the 1970's exacerbated by the earthquake in 1972. The President shut the rail lines in 1993 and the rolling stock was sold for scrap. On the highway to Masaya we see a small delivery van has collided with a horse. In Nicaragua stock of all kinds, cattle, pigs and horses roam the verges of roads and eat the grass. Unfortunately, the horse died and the van was a real...

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The Americas

Feb 4, 2015 - Border Bus Blues

Woke up at 4 a.m., took our last cold shower and got ready to head out of Nicaragua. The hotel guard had our lunch packed and our taxi waiting for our $2 cab ride to Central Line Station, 8 blocks west of Hotel con Corazon in Granada. There was a full moon to light the way as we waited on the curb for the bus. We were there plenty early enough to shop from the local street vendor ladies. We bought a package of rolls for the trip that could feed the whole bus for less than $1. Knowing we wouldn't eat them all, we handed some out to the...

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Feb 2, 2015 - Granada & Laguna de Apoyo

We started out the day with amazing breakfast at our hotel. Juice, eggs, granola, yogurt and fruit, including one we had never had called . We also had the first whole grain bread we've seen since leaving Fort Collins and it was still warm from the oven. During breakfast we were excited to learn that there was a direct bus from Granada to San Jose, Costa Rica. So as soon as we finished eating we headed for the bus terminal to see if we could get tickets for the fourth. After a long hot walk, we found the station and were able to purchase...

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Jan 25, 2015 - Volcano Boarding - Cerro Negro

Got up early so Rob could head over to the Big Foot Hostel for volcano boarding. Sarah decided to skip this event as volcano road rash didn't sound fun. We walked around town a little, enjoying the Sunday morning quiet. After reaching the hostel, Sarah headed off for some breakfast and Rob loeaded up in a giant orange truck. The truck looked a bit like an army transport vehicle - no top or sides on the back where all the people sat.

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Jan 24, 2015 - Sunset at Telica Volcano

Woke up at Guardabarranco Hostel and Rob hung his smelly wet laundry in the sun to dry. Not sure why it smells like rotten cigars, but hopefully the dry climate of western nicaragua will help. The hostel has a black lab named Blackie. The owner of the hostel is an art teacher and did a potrait of Blacky that hangs in the lobby. It made Sarah feel at home despite the lack of running water and dirty linens and floors. The hostel did end up being quieter and cooler than we expected since it was in the main party zone and had no air. When we...

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