Hotel Casa Catarina
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Masaya's artisan market was recommended by a colleague who has been visiting Nicaragua for many years (merci Jacques). The artifacts sold by the locals were both very nice and interesting. We bought a few souvenirs for ourselves and others. This artisan market was very calm and relaxing, as opposed to the hectic city market completely packed with merchandise of unknown brands and of men and women waving "mini-mops" to keep flies off of ...
... and check in, and signed up to the hostels Grana Isletas tour for the afternoon. The tour was a few hours long and took us on a little boat around the archipelago of islands near to the Granada coast of Lake Nicaragua. The islands were really cool with random houses and little boats on some of them, and even a little house in the trees for a monkey on one of them! We got off on one island with an old fort on, and stopped at another with four big monkies on ...
... picture I've taken has been with my phone and they are all pretty good. We climbed to the top of a dormant volcano and the other that is still active was to our right, with giant fast moving clouds of smoke rising up out of it. They have a big problem with acid rain here since the smoke from the volcano is full of so many chemicals.
Climbing down was FAR more challenging... Alberto's arm was almost bleeding from my nails digging into it as ...
... you can grab another chicken bus and ask to be let off for the Lagoona Apoyo. From there it is a 2 klm walk or get a tuk tuk. At the mirador rake the large cobblestone road down, on the first corner take the path, that will lead you to a set of stairs and follow your nose from there. For those who are a little more adventurous and want to save time, take the shortcuts through the bush. Only take the obvious ones to avoid getting lost. ...
... be pretty calm. It wasn’t. Our makeshift boat was potentially the biggest hunk of junk we had ever been on. It was intimidating sitting in this thing listening to all the creaks it made and having our feet swim in the torrent of water that inundated the lower level constantly. Its water ingress was so bad, they had gone as far to hire a full time pump man to hand pump the water out of the engine room.