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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 - 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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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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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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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 13, 2011 - Ometepe

Ometepe is an island on Lake Nicaragua and has two large volcanoes. The biggest volcano here and the second largest in Nicaragua is an active volcano called Concepción at 1610 m (5281 feet). The other but dormant volcano is called and Madera and is 1340m high (4395 feet). While I was here, I decided I needed a fair bit of excercise as I have been doing a lot of long travel days and wanted to do something challenging at the same time. I had no real idea how difficult a climb this would be. We were told that this was a difficult climb and...

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Dec 25, 2010 - Christmas on Ometepe

Although we have had some fantastic experiences we are also now suffering from 'traveller's fatigue' so we decided we had earned a little break over Christmas and came to Ometepe. This is an island in Lake Nicaragua, dumbell-shaped with a volcano (what else?!) in each round bit. We stayed at Hacienda Merida (great recommendation thank you Anna!) for four days of R & R. Well, I did the R & R thing while Les, you will not be surprised to hear, hired a bike and explored the island. To be fair I was planning to get a bike too, but if you saw...

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