Managua - Footprints of life

Trip Start Apr 26, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2006

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

We left Granada and stopped in Managua for all of about 2 hours. We've never been big fans of large cities and the best, and slightly obscure, thing we saw in Managua were the 10,000 year old footprints found in the middle of the city. The museo Sitio Huellas De Acahualinca where the footprints are housed, is right smack in one of the bad neighbourhoods of the city. Even the cab driver on the way there (that shows you how freaked we were about going there - we NEVER take cabs!) was nice enough to demonstrate to us with his own personal HUGE machete he kept in the front with him, what the robbers and drug dealers would do to us if they saw us. He thrust it back and forth then brought it up to his chin and made the universal "slit your throat" sign. In the museum we weren't able to take pictures but the bilingual student who showed us around was a wealth of information, even helping us to hail a cab back to the bus station (she reckoned we wouldn't be bothered if she was with us). It was incredible to see footprints right in the earth of men, women, children and animals from 10,000 years old showing where they walked down to the lake for water.
Then back on the bus to Leon!
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