Change is good!!
Trip Start Dec 31, 2010
60Trip End Apr 01, 2011
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In the time I have spent here I have noticed many changes in this small town. Last year while I was here the "Water Expansion Project" was well underway.This project according to experts is on track, and will provide approximately 16,000 residents of San Juan del Sur all the water they need, as water shortages have been a problem in the past.The water is being piped from La Virgen on Lake Nicaragua through a series of pipes to the town of San Juan.
This is how things looked in front of the Park Avenue Villa's just before I left last year.Since this picture was taken the pipeline has been expanded, and the town of San Juan del Sur will have a steady supply of filtered water by Easter this year!
According to my local contacts about four years ago when Edwardo Hollman was Mayor of San Juan, he was instrumental in initiating improvements throughout the town.He is no longer the Mayor, however the present Mayor Jorge Sanchez is also very proactive with tourism in San Juan del Sur, and has approved many different projects. Over the last couple weeks I have witnessed a lot of activity in my area around the Barrio of Pedro Chamorro.
This is just over a couple blocks from where I stay in San Juan. The city crews have been working on laying these cobblestones for about a week now. This street is almost finished.
This is really something to see. The road is prepared, graded, watered and then a bed of sand is laid. A mixture of lime is also added, so when the stone pavers are put down and more sand is put in between the pavers, it acts like cement.
This street was just a bare dirt road a day ago..............
Just took this shot at 9:00 am, but the way these crews work, it will probably be finished by the end of the day!!
This crew unloaded this flatbed by hand in just half and hour this morning.It is already almost 90 degrees!!!
It is hard to imagine that just 8-10 years ago there were only dirt roads in San Juan del Sur.My friends who have lived here since then say that back in the early days (2003) before there were many tourists there was no need for paved roads because the only mode of transport here were ox carts and horses.It is nice to see that over the years Nicaragua has become more attractive to traveler's, and nice little beach towns like this one are growing and expanding to meet the needs of both the local people and visitor's.I only have a few days left before I return back to the "concrete jungle", but I can't wait to come back to San Juan next year, and see what else has changed !!