Footprints and Markets

Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Flag of Nicaragua  , Masaya,
Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday was our day for daytrips.  There were two things we had in mind -- a set of footprints in Managua, and a market in Masaya.

The footprints were our first stop.  These are located on the edge of Managua, near the lake.  They were accidentally uncovered during an excavation, burried about 4 meters under the earth.  The footprints are set in volcanic lava, and show approximately 10 people walking towards the lake, although not necessarily in a group.  So what?  The footprints are believed to be nearly 7,000 years old.  There is little additional information about the people, other than what can be infered from other areas of Nicaragua, but they have determined that they were about the same size as people now, and that they were walking -- not running -- away.  There were no return footprints found, and there are both human and animal tracks.

The city where the footprints are located -- Managua -- is the capital of Nicaragua.  Itīs big, spread out, ugly, dirty and generally not a great place to be, which is why we did this as a day trip from Granada.  What we didnīt plan on was hitting the city at rush hour.  In an attempt to hurry, our minibus was swerving in and out of lanes, driving on the shoulders, passing busses with an inch to spare, and generally making a mess at trying to go fast.  At one point, as we were driving on the shoulder, the inequity between the road and the grass became too much, and we got slightly stuck.  About half the people had to get off, and the minibus went backwards and forwards multiple times before it managed to recover itīs place on the road.

After the footprints, we headed down towards Masaya.  Masaya is a smaller town, located halfway between Managua and Granada.  The most interesting feature here is a craft market, selling lots of local, handmade goods.  The particular specialty of the area is hammocks -- they come in an wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes and styles for amazingly low prices.  Shipping them home, however, also comes at an amazing price, so we werenīt able to pick one up.
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