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Jan 4, 2012 - Caño Negro, Costa Rica & San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Today we most of us were up early for the boat trip up the river. I may have been the only one on the boat without binoculars, so clearly a novice among more serious fans. Straight away we saw a couple of small caiman (variety of alligator). Shortly thereafter - Me: “Lou, what’s that in the middle of the river?” Lou: (after checking through binoculars) “That’s a coconut.” Me: “Ok, no worries then.” Which then became a running gag about man-eating coconuts in the river, though I did redeem myself by spotting actual wildlife later. We saw...

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Central America 2011

Sep 27, 2011 - San Juan Del Surf

San Juan del sur 24th-27th Sept After thinking we'd lost the numpty Israeli guys on Ometepe Island we walk into our hostel Pacha mama's in San Juan del Sur to find them sat out front! Nico nice but dim was also there was there. It's strange how you keep bumping into people you meet along the way! San Juan del Sur is a place I could spend a few months. Very much a hippy hang out with awesome surf, free drinks for ladies pretty much every night and great beaches with no sand flies. We spent two days hanging out, drinking rum..again :) and...

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Sep 24, 2011 - San Juan Del drink!!!

San juan del sur!!! We got the ferry back to Rivas, nicuargra and then a taxi to San Juan del sur, we were recommended a hostel called pacha mamma that we decided to stay in for the next few days.  San juan was a little town full off hostels, bars and restaurants. The town is full of people who want to go surfing. I decided that  i would hold the bags!!! On our first night after talking to some ofher girls in the hostel we decided to get the free bus to the naked tiger hostel  ...now this hostel is not in the lonely planet book!!!... We got...

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Aug 12, 2011 - Party town for the American surf dudes!

San Juan Del Sur, 12/08/11 Party town for the American surf dudes! We left Santo Domingo early on a bus heading for the ferry. Unfortunately by the time we made it on to the ferry all of the good seats had been taken and we were left with seats by the open hatch to the engine that was very loud. After 45mins our ears were ringing. We got a taxi to take us to the bus terminal to head south for San Juan Del Sur, but he offered us a very good deal to go the rest of the way by taxi, so we stayed with him, and he dropped us off at a hostel run...

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3rd Gap Year

Aug 9, 2011 - A very slow boat to an amazing island.

Moyogalpa 09/08/11 A very slow boat to an amazing island. Another early start and we were on a bus south for Rivas. We ended up in a crowded and busy market place. Immediately we left the bus we were swamped by taxi drivers, at least 8 of them. The prices started coming in 3USD each, was the first driver, then it dropped to 2 USD each, after a few minutes of us saying absolutely nothing the taxi drivers had got themselves down to 5USD for the group to take us to the ferry terminal. Just as we were about to take this guy up on the offer,...

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3rd Gap Year

Nov 21, 2010 - San Juan del Sur - Nicaragua

November 21, 2010 The plane from Mexico City was an airbus A319. Only 23 people got on. What a waste of fuel/environment. This plane holds 124 souls. Someone lost a lot of money/we lost – a species of frog. In 2001 we, Susan and I, experienced a similar situation flying from Phnom Phen to Ho Chi Mhin City. We were on a 737 (cap 189) and there was less that 30 on board. I wonder if Royal Air Cambodge is still in business? My stay in San Juan was short. Thank Vishnu! Or another [God]. I arrived in San Juan late on the 18th – 1:00am so I...

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Oct 20, 2010 - San Juan del Sur - Nicaragua

October 18, 2010 I arrived in San Juan around 12noon or so. It was hot. Very hot. It wasn’t Mexico hot but the humidity added to the unpleasant feeling. I am staying at one of the newest places in town. A/C and TV again. It’s good a really cool bar and restaurant attached to it. USD$25/night. It’s still a little rich but it is new and very nice. Just as nice as my place in Granada. I went over to see Pablo about paying our taxes this year and he wasn’t there. Apparently he has gone to the states for a vacation. Another kid named Zak was...

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Jul 21, 2010 - A pleasant, unplanned stop

Our plans to head to Leon, Nicaragua quickly changed after realizing an hour into our travels out of Costa Rica that Alec still suffers from motion sickness in buses. A grueling 6 hours to the border, followed by 2 hours crossing the border in scorching heat sealed our change of plans to the closest beach town over the border. San Juan del Sur is a small fun little beach town with friendly locals and expats and really cheap and tasty fish! We found a little hostel-apartment with a wonderful Nica Mom who couldn´t do enough to make our stay...

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Jul 17, 2010 - San Juan del Sur

We returned to San Juan via a horrendous journey. The bus in Costa Rica dropped us off at the border, we were then left to trudge for a kilometre through mud to get to the Nicaraguan side. A Nicaraguan man helped us wash all the mud off our feet and stupidly we let him take our flip flops to the tap. There was a brief ten minutes when I thought he'd run off with our shoes, but my faith in humanity was restored when he came back with our sparkling clean flip-flops. We stayed at Esperanza, the same hostel as before and went back to the Hotel...

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Jul 3, 2010 - San Juan del Sur

We arrived at the surf town of San Juan on Canada Day, so there were lots of parties and maple leaves everywhere. I can't get their anthem out of my head now. San Juan is a really cool place, with absolutely heaps of backpackers and surfers. We met up with yet more people from Mexico and went out in the town. The reality show Survivor is being filmed on the beaches here at the moment, so the crew from the show were out too. We had a really good night out after being in a few quiet towns recently. The next day we went to a hotel in the town...

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Apr 12, 2010 - San Juan del Sur

Up and going early, bus (24 seater) stops at Finca at 7 am and 11 or 12 of us leaving pretty much fills the small bus. Heading down the hill from Finca it stops at the bottom and more get on. Before long it is packed to the gills. Due to the rough condition of the road (rocks and holes), in addition to the load, we are crawling along. It takes an hour to go the 3 km to the paved road where we get off to catch another to the ferry. It is easy to see why biking it for Nina, Nels, and Greta took an hour to get to Eye of the Water...a clear...

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Feb 25, 2010 - EarthQuakes

News Update. MANAGUA (Reuters) - A strong 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Nicaragua's western coast on Wednesday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. Nicaraguan media said the quake, which struck near the border with Costa Rica, was felt in communities along the Pacific coast. The temblor was centered 37 miles southwest of Rivas, under the ocean at a depth of 26.5 miles. The USGS initially reported the quake had a 5.8 magnitude.

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