Trip Start Oct 02, 2012
Trip End Jan 16, 2013

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Jim and I stayed in Granada for one more night before heading onto Leon via Managua.
Getting to Leon was pretty easy from Granada. We hopped on a UCA shuttle bus to Managua where we quickly changed to one going to Leon. This was possibly the most comfortably journey I have had in Nicaragua. It cost us C$51 (just over U$2) and it was air conditioned.
We checked into the Hostel and went to explore the city.
The next two days I just chilled out. The hike up Maderas was still taking its toll. haha.
On Friday myself, Jim and Sarah (a girl we met in our dorm) booked to go on a 2 day hike up the Volcano Telica. We had found this great place called Sonati that was doing this for only $20! We did have to provide our own food and water and use public transport but couldn't have cost us no more than U$35 dollars in total.
Saturday morning we trekked over to the bus station with the rest of our tour group to begin our journey to Telica. Because we were carrying all our own food and water, which weighed a tonne, I thought it might be a good idea to hire horse to help with the load. Turned out to be pretty useful because it was another really hot day and my ankle wasn't quite fully recovered from Ometepes hike. The trail was pretty steady going for the first few hours and were able to take frequent breaks. The last two hours were a little tougher. It was about 1pm, the heat of the day,when we reached the steepest and most exposed part of the trail up the volcano. Fortunately we got through it in about 45 mins and were greeted by lush forest. We made pretty good time and arrived at the summit at 3 pm which gave us time to explore the volcano and camp site. Sarah went up to the craters edge and were able to take some pretty cool pictures. At around 5:30pm we to the other side of the crater to watch the sunset over the pacific. Afterwards we went back to our camp site to eat diner, sit around the fire and do some star gazing. What a tough life! hehe.
The night wasn't too bad. I can say I've had better. A night on a tough floor isn't very conducive to a good nights sleep in my opinion but I woke with enough energy to get up for sun rise at 5am. That was another spectacular sight as well and one I shall never forget. Ive included some time-lapse videos of the sun set and sun rise for you all to enjoy :-)
It was a really good trip and one I would definitely recommend. Plus all the money we gave to Sonati goes towards helping the environment and local community projects.

Monday evening I went to see the Hobbit. Didnt really know what to expect in terms of experience or what language it would be in. Luckily it was in english with spanish subtitles. The movie was ok, a little drawn out.
Having spent nearly a week in the city, I fancied a change of scenery. So I caught a local bus to the beach village of Las Penitas with Jim. The bus took about 45 minutes and cost a whopping 30p!
It was so nice to get back to the beach having been away from it for about 2 and half weeks. The hostel we stayed in wasn't too great, for example the toilet door in the room was a curtain! But it was on a nice stretch of the beach so I was happy. The sunset that evening was pretty awesome. Its been a long time since I've seen a sunset all the way down to the horizon without anything being in the way.
The sea was also pretty warm to swim in :-)
That night we checked into Bigfoot hostel back in Leon to catch a 3am shuttle to Antigua, Guatemala.
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