Travel Blogs from Boca Sabalos
Today we're moving 200 yards up the river to Hotel Sabalos - the lodge was fully booked with a dutch tour group so Yaro has arranged to move us to the best hotel in town!
But first a bit of chillin' and admiring the views from the Tarzan cabin - lots of lovely birds to see and lovely plants and flowers in the tropical gardens.
... Lake Nicaragua, pirates would sail down the river, up the lake and ransack Granada, so the Spanish built this fort as a defence.
Being 50km away, and not wanting to get stuck out there, we had to be back on the boat 2 hours later. This slow boat, took 3 hours (instead of the 1.5 fast boat time). And it rained for much of the trip. The long boats have plastic tarps attached to their sides, so they were rolled down to ...
... her new babies. Very shy creatures.
Now the boat, at least for me, was like getting on the safari ride at Disneyland. They have these great tour boats that are identical to the ride with one obvious difference... this boat ride is REAL. You are in a jungle river, stopping to view all sorts of life from birds, to snakes, to ox, to giant Alligator Gar fish. The river is teaming with old life. It took me several stops before I ...
... my reading list:
Stephen Kinzer - Blood of Brothers (recommendation)
Omar Cabezas - Fire From the Mountains (recommendation)
Gloria Muņoz Ramírez - The Fire and the Word
Miguel de Cervantes - Don Quixote (dual language book - extractions)
Naomi Klein - The Shock Doctrine (recommendation of Tzach - currently reading)
After 3 nights we already had to leave to catch a 4h ferry to Isla de Ometepe which only runs twice a week ...
At 5am we left Solantiname Islands by panga (slow motor ferry boat) joining the islanders heading to the market town of San Carlos where we arrived at 7:30am. We then took the rapido boat (speedboat) past crumbling San Carlos Fortress. to the beautiful village of El Castillo (the castle).
El Castillo is only accesible by river. Itīsimple wooden houses are built on stilts alongside the river of rapids that ...