our journey continues and we have already spent 20 days in Central America… Panama, Costa Rica and now Nicaragua.. Time flies…
A bit of information about Nicaragua…
Independant since 1824, its capital is Managua… From a tourist perspective there is nothing (almost nothing) to do in this city, which is, at some places, not safe at all.. The town was destroyed in 1972 by an earthquake and never been rebuilt as it should since, people moving away. It is in 1857 that Managua became the capital and it ended the war between Leon and Granada who were fighting to become the country capital since 1824. At this moment, Managua was only a fishermen village and because it was located in between Leon and Granada, it got chosen.
What is the plan in Nicaragua?
Nothing really, but we know that we have to go at least through the 4 most popular sites of Nicaragua that you can see on the map below:
First, surfing some waves on the pacific coast around San Juan del Sur. Indeed this former fishermen village is now the main place in Nicaragua for surfing. Either you are one or not, you will enjoy the waves, beaches (some of them are remote) and what a touristy place can offer.
Secondly, just opposite of San Juan del Sur is the Ometepe Lake and Ometepe Island made of two volcanos (Concepcion and Maderas) that we will have to climb if weather allows.
Still on the shore of Ometepe Lake is Granada, one of the most beautiful colonial town of Nicaragua.. This will be the best place for us to retrieve the colonial life (paved streets, colonial buildings and thousand of churches) that used to be typical of all Central America during the hispanic period.
Finally, the last place we may go is an haven of peace located 60km away from the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. The Corn Islands which are made of Big Corn Island and Little Corn are the best place to relax, snorkle, dive, read, in heaven…You can either take the plane or the local transport. I let you guess which one we took… The name of Corn Island came from Carne (which means meat in spanish) but got changed into corn by the local years after years. Indeed, we don’t speak Spanish overthere but Creole and English. These islands were British protectorate until 1894, then were leased to the US until 1971 when the lease stop and they went back into Nicaragua territory.
Ok for the plan, how to get there…
To get to Nicaragua from Costa Rica, nothing more simple than taking the bus from San Jose, cross the border walking and once in Nicaragua catch a bus or taxi to get to where you want. During the border cross, we met a french couple Aicha and J-B with who we share a cab until San Juan del Sur…
The taxi was quite local, with the rear windows locked (or broken), the doors couldn’t close properly… But the main thing was the car was running… Below is the picture which doesn’t really show the state of the car..
Blog you soon from San Juan del Sur.