Boats, Bikes and Zip lines
Trip Start Apr 06, 2010
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The bus from Managua dropped us off in the Parque Central in Granada, and after wandering around for a bit we booked into Hospidaje Cocibolca with a balcony view of the beautiful colonial town. We spent four nights in Granada, walking around the market, the huge yellow cathedral and down to the lake front from where we could see the two giant volcanoes on Isla de Ometepe which is where we would be heading to soon. We took a tour of Las Isletas, a group of 365 islands created when the nearby Mombacho volcano erupted into the lake. The islands are now a mixture of privately owned by Nicaragua's elite, and in contrast to this modest local families who make their livings as fishermen. One island with a mansion built on it is owned by the richest family in Nicaragua (the owners of a rum company), another is owned by a vet and is now a monkey refuge home to white faced and spider monkeys. The islands are also a good place to see wildlife, and although we didn't encounter any of the bull sharks or crocs that roam these waters we did see some freshwater turtles and parrots. There were local men rowing their kids across the lake to school in canoes, and beautiful fishing communities in traditional houses who rely upon this lake for their every need including washing, cooking, cleaning, and fishing
We met a nice couple from London, Stacey and Jono, at our hospidaje who are travelling a similar route to ours and who we hope to meet up with again at some point over the next few months. We also bumped into Sarah and Phil who we met in Merida, Mexico a few weeks ago and we all booked a tour from 'Leo' to the jungle canopy to ride the zip lines. When we arrived the next morning it was absolutely chucking it down. We waited there for the rain to stop, drinking free coffee for as long as the staff there would allow, but in the end decided to try again tomorrow instead. We returned to an annoyingly sunny Granada 15 minutes down the road, so borrowed a couple of bikes from our new mate Leo who let us take them for free and checked out some more of the town, lake and old train station. As usual the rain came again that evening and we spent it watching Toy Story 3 with Sarah and Phil (not quite the cinematic experience we would have liked, watching it on our laptop, propped up on books with one portable speaker to huddle around) and got some delicious chicken from a street BBQ set up outside our place.
The next morning we woke up at 6.30 to the sound of heavy rain on the corrugated metal roof of our room and we knew it was going to be an interesting morning in the jungle. We were leaving that afternoon and so had no choice but to dig out the 'kags' and embrace the weather. We checked out and trudged up to Leo's in the pouring rain with all of our gear to meet Sarah, Phil and our driver and all piled in to head up to the zip lining. As soon as we arrived we were being kitted out with harnesses, runners, gloves and helmets completing the action man look along with the raincoats and walking boots...fetching. The cables are strung from one huge tree to another about 40 foot from the ground and over a distance of up to 300 foot long