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May 6, 2015 - Ometepe Island

Breakfast at the hotel the we load up a couple van and head off exploring the island, the group divides into a coupe different tours, some do a volcano hike, some to the lake side beach, and a few of us do and island tour, On the island tour we head to a coffee farm where we do a short hike to see the petroglyphs then it is off to join the group at the beach for a swim and lunch. Then back on the van and go to a cool dip in a fresh water natural springs, very nice and refreshing we spend about a hour here and meet the rest of our group and...

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May 5, 2015 - more of Granada

This morning after my coffee and breakfast a walk in the city to explore more of Granada before we Head to the Ometepe Island on Lake Nicaragua. Went to Fortaleza La Polvora but it was closed so was only able to walk around it taking some pictures through the splits in the walls, then a walk on the the Granada Cementario (cemetery started in 1876) lots of picturesque tombs including 6 Nicaraguan presidents and the Capilla de Animas (Chapel on Spirits). As I was walking back to the hotel I passed a horse drawn hearse getting ready for trip...

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Apr 1, 2014 - Granada to Ometepe Island

After breakfast it was yet another bus ride, this time about 90 mins to San Jorge where we caught a ferry across to Ometepe Island which is on Lake Nicaragua, just over an hour on the ferry. Ometepe is an island composed of two volcanoes. Joined by a thin, flat isthmus the two volcanoes shape the island like an hour glass. Over the northern half of Ometepe looms the Concepción, a majestic and perfectly cone-shaped active volcanoe, while the southern half is dominated by the extinct volcano Maderas which is swathed in a cloud forest and has...

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Dec 3, 2013 - Ometempe Homestay

Today was interesting. We stayed with our locals for our homestays last night. We are now to an area that requires mosquito nets and are no longer spoiled with hot showers. At least its warm enough that its luke warm. We had an authentic breakfast with fresh eggs and milk from that morning. The family we stay with have 30 cows! Latet we traveled on scooters to the beach. We rented them from some sketchy locals, but got there and back :) saw some amazing scenery and local culture. Tonight we had a community dinner at the commin grounds with...

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Dec 2, 2013 - Ometempe

Today started nice and early at 5:00am. We wanted to get a head start to beat the rush of tour buses at the Nicaragua border. We traveled about 4 hours to a town called Leberea. There we learned there was a backup at the border because of computer issues regarding the departure tax. We had to wait at the bank to pay the tax. The line was 3 hours long! That was an unexpected delay, that's for sure. It turned out to be the day of traveling in lines, as we then waited at the Costa Rica and Nicaragua borders. I learned a valuable lesson...

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Aug 8, 2012 - Trek and a half!

Back down the mountain we went in the direction of the Nicaraguan boarder at Rivas! The bus seemed a bit less ominous without the thunder and lightening but the view down the couple of hundredg feet drops were still pretty cool! To get to the boarder we had to get the first local bus down the mountain and then (hopefully) intercept the central American Tica bus on the main centroamerica highway... Which is a single lane road not much wider than two cars!! So there we were left on the side of the road with nothing in site apart from a few...

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Jul 26, 2012 - Island Paradise and bugs

Another short hop and another ferry crossing but this time on flat fresh water - the biggest fresh water lake in the Americas Lake Nicaragua. A two volcano island Ometepe Island, with not much else to do except...hike up a mountain well not all of us like hiking up mountains so Dave decided to go wandering on local buses and I decided to join him. But first there was a mineral spring - set up as a swimming pool with enough area to have a proper swim but with a natural bottom - the water was cool but not cold and it was a hot afternoon so...

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Sep 24, 2011 - Volcanos, sweat and tears

23rd Sept Maderas volcano and San Ramon waterfall Today was really tough but totally awesome :). It took us about 4hours to reach the waterfall and it was so hot. We had to stop a few times along the way to catch our breath and try cool down.. pretty much impossible at that altitude and with the heat. We resorted to throwing our water over us which had turned luke warm. I got my usual beetroot face but we sweated it out and got to the waterfall, which towards the end was more like rockclimbing then hiking! It was spectacular and Totes...

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Sep 22, 2011 - Bugs and dugs!!!!!

After a good couple of days in Granada we headed to Ometepe Island, as we were off schedule we managed to get the ferry on the Thursday from Granada so we saved some time having to do more bus journeys!!..although the ferry was 3 hours, it was ok and they sold really good hotdogs ha ha Ometepe is an island formed by twin volcanoes rising out of a lake so it was pretty cool on the boat taking in these giant volcanos with clouds swirling over the top of them. We got talking to 2 guys on the boat from Israel (one knew Spanish) so when we got...

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Sep 22, 2011 - Idiots abroad- Another hilarious journey!

Idiots abroad- Another hilarious journey! 22nd Sept My actual birthday and I got to speak to my mum, sister and nephew Tye on Skype :) starting to miss home a little now. I know I keep blogging about bus journey's but its just because they are all so hilarious but potentially dangerous and disastrous! We took a ferry from Granada to Isle de Ometepe, an island on a lake formed by two massive volcanos. It should have taken 3hours but as everything takes at least an hour longer then expected in Central America we arrived after dark. We'd...

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Jul 29, 2011 - Monteverde

Bienvenidos en la tierra de la PURA VIDA!!!! Nous voici a Monteverde, beau petit coin de pays du Costa Rica!!! Tres haut en altitude, on se retrouve a la hauteur des nuages!!! Etant dans la saison des pluies, on se fait mouille!!! Cela nous importe peu puisque le petit village est charmant et quon ne se prive pas pour faire des activitees!!! Notre journee a bien commence avec lactivitee des ZIP LINES!!! Cest pratiquement un arbre en arbre sauf que tout le long, on est attache a une corde et on vole aux dessus des arbres!!! Tellement beau...

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Jul 29, 2011 - Ometepe

Bonjour a tous! Nous avons ete pendant deux jours sur la petite ile d;Ometepe qui se trouve au milieu du lac Nicaragua! Cette ile est compose de deux volcans; Conception et Maderas... Nous avons passe une journee a escalade le plus petit des volcans soit Madera... Cela nous a pris 10 hrs... Cetait une hike`plutot difficile car on a passe a travers 3 sortes de forets et les deux derniers kilometres etait plutot apic et tres boueux.... Comme nous etions dans la "Cloudforest", on sest retrouver au milieu des nuages!!! La hauteur totale du...

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