Trip Start Mar 04, 2014
23Trip End Apr 02, 2014
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It was an early start this morning. We were up at 5.15 - I still can't believe it - as we were being tendered off the ship at 6.30. We were (un)lucky enough to get a seat outside on the tender for the 10 minute ride into San Juan Del Sur. It turned out to be more than just a little choppy and the fresh breeze made sure we were both wet through by the time we got to the quayside. Luckily enough, we stepped straight off the boat into a furnace and within five minutes we had been blown dry, although it left us covered in more salt than a margarita glass
Jimmy told us all about life in Nicaragua, the economy, geography and the civil war but was careful not to mention the CIA's involvement in the revolution in 1978. It is the largest country in Central America and Lake Nicaragua is the third largest fresh water lake in the world. Before the decision was made to build the canal in Panama, the preferred choice was to take it through Lake Niceragua. There is a natural water way from the Caribbean coast into the lake leaving only 25km of land to breakthrough to reach the Pacific Ocean. Then Mount Conception, a volcano in the middle of the lake erupted and the USA government decided it would be prudent to look for an alternative route.
We travelled parallel to the lake on the Pan American Highway which runs all the way from Alaska down through South America to Cape Horn. The villages we passed through were almost like shanty towns
On the way back we stopped in Granada the oldest town in Central America. There are older towns but these had to be relocated to make them easier to defend agains pirates, leaving Grenada, which remains on its original site to claim the honours. It is a pretty town and the historic centre has been restored to its former glory after the ravages of the revolution.
We got back to the port of San Juan Del Sur at 4pm and needed a drink after a full day of scenic driving. We managed to find a bar offering beer and wifi - the best combination- and settled downto pick up emails and sort out my blog.
Thanks to all of you who have commented on my blog so far. It is good to see that your jokes are much better than mine.