Jurassic Park of Nicaraugua

Trip Start Nov 01, 2011
Trip End May 23, 2012

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Where I stayed
Rancho Merida
What I did
Maderas volcano, waterfall, oyo de augua, the swamps

Flag of Nicaragua  , Rivas,
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Isla Ometeppe was 5 days VERY well spent.  There are so many things to see there, which is why I called it the jurassic park of nica, except theyīre werenīt any dinos...darn. 

Hiking up the Maderas volcano was probably the highlight.  the thing was 1500m high and it was a steep climb.  At some points I was climbing up walls, hanging onto roots.  As you ascended the mountain the climate changed almost to temperate BC typer forest climate, very wet lots of moss.  The views were absolutely dizzying.    also hiked down into the mountain crater, which had a cold, muddy lake in it.  Didnīt go swimming. I will try to post some photos soon. Should have brought Adamīs computer as he suggested.  darn...

I keep meeting and running into people on the road.  The gringo trail as they call it is a nice comfort zone that can be fun to step away from but nice to come back to as well.  Familiarity is something we all take for granted I think-until you travel.  I have gotten into a good routine though of moving to a place and usually spending 3-5 days there i guess.  Itīs just nce to relax and not be on tyhe move too much. 

Of note I am now on skype so feel free to call me or I might call you.  It was my first time using skype, spoke with my bro and step mom.  Itīs quite a trip talking with people from back home.  They are so far away and after not hearing their voices for a month it makes one feel a bit lonesome.  I think I may skype more :)

One of the other highlights from isla ometeppe was the swamps.  We kayaked 1.5 hrs to get to them.  It was like paddling through...well jurassic park again I guess.  It was sunset and so peaceful.  The river just flowed gently down to the lake.  There was a species of bird I saw there that stood so still it looked like a painting.  Monkies sat up in trees.  Trees grew out of the lake.  The sun set and we paddled back to the hostal at night.  There were fireflies everywhere so the shoreline was lit up.  I swear this may have been one of the most beautiful places I have seen so far. 

Am in San Juan Del Sur now as I write this, will put up another post when Iīve spent some time here. 

Thanks for reading,

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