Over the border to Nicaragua
Trip Start Feb 07, 2012
19Trip End Apr 24, 2012
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Our super nice taxi driver spoke a little English so we practiced our Spanish and enjoyed the 45 minute drive to San Jorge, a small village on the Lago de Nicaragua (Lake Nicaragua). On the way we got nice glimpses of Isla de Ometepe (Ometepe Island) and the 2 incredible volcanos that are present. On the way we even passed a huge wind turbine farm which made Sarah (and all of us) very happy! One night in San Jorge, at the clean and affordable Hotel Dalinky, and we boarded a ferry to go to Ometepe. The ferry terminal was typical Nicaraguan fashion with organized chaos of colors, sounds and people. Almost no English is spoken anywhere here, so it was a fun challenge to figure out the process.
Lake Nicaragua is easily the size of Rhode Island. It is massive. Ometepe is the largest island found on a fresh water lake in the world. It has 2 huge volcanos that dominate the vistas everywhere. It is green and lush and the people are beautiful and friendly. One thing about Nicaragua is that everything is very affordable. A huge dinner for $7 and $1.5 beers! We found a nice little hotel in Santa Cruz with help from our young taxi driver that had internet and a nice restaurant
We also visited a farming cooperative called “Finca Magdalena”. It is literally at the base of one of the volcanos and is combination organic milk, veggies, fruits and coffee farm. It is a cooperative run by 24 local families. They have a rustic inn. We went on a tour through the jungle, and were thrilled to have our first monkey sighting. We also saw lots of birds and lizards. We also saw petroglyphs that were many, many thousands of years old from the indigenous people of Ometepe. Our tour guide taught us much about ancient and recent Nicaraguan history.
So far we are loving Nicaragua..... MAKE SURE you click on slide show below to see all of the picture.....