Great Friends and Great Food
Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
163Trip End May 10, 2011
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Where I stayed
Hotel Encanto Del Sur
We were able to store the bikes and luggage at our hotel in Rivas while we went on overnight visit to San Juan Del Sur to meet up with our friends Mike and Kristen. While we waited for the bus on the Pan American highway, a car stopped and asked us where we were headed. At first we were a little suspicious since the car did not have identifying signs that made it obvious that it was either a taxi or colectivo taxi. An old hippy in the backseat poked his head out of the window and clarified things for us. Basically these colectivo taxis will ride around until they have 3 or more passengers. For equivalent of $3 each, he took us the 35km to San Juan del Sur.
We got a beautiful view of the horseshoe bay before we drove the last 2 km into town. We found one of the many airy restaurants that cater to the spoiled western taste. We enjoyed a wonderful brunch and checked out several hotel options before settling on the hotel Encanto, a few streets from the beach. No bells or whistles but clean and comfortable.
By 11 am the temp got up to 40+C, really too hot to even enjoy the beach. This is a tourist mecca and quite a few ex-pats have settled in this area and, not surprisingly, driving the restaurant prices up. Then again, food wise, everything your little heart desires is available.
Mike and Kristen were already at the restaurant when we arrived. Mike's mom had flown down from Vancouver to be with them for 2 weeks here in San Juan. Kristen's mom had met with them a few months ago in Guatemala. They have another 2 months left of their 8 month total travels. Mike still has a job waiting for him but Kristen has to find another job when she gets back. They both sacrificed a lot to be able to make this big trip. They had rented a cramped room for years in order to stow away money for this trip. Our reunion was sweet. And, after a wonderful dinner, we went to the beach front flat they rented. We enjoyed chatting on their breezy patio before saying goodbye.
We then flagged down a colectivo taxi. The driver circled the block to drum up more passengers. And who do we see on the corner doing some bike repairs???