On the move to Ometepe

Trip Start Dec 02, 2008
Trip End Feb 07, 2009

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The American Hotel

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Another early up, ate breakfast, grabbed a taxi to a chicken bus. We got there a bit late. No seats available on this one. Next one was 1.5 hours later, and we would miss the boat to Ometepe Island.. They crammed us in. Barb and I each got 1/2 a bun on a seat. The ride was 1 and 1/2 hours long. Temp inside was a cool 98 degrees F. No A/C! What an ordeal! The bus seemed to stop every 1/4 mile or so to drop someone off or pick someone up. We caught an overpriced cab for the 20 Km drive to San Jorge on the lakeshore.

We arrived San Jorge, jumped from the cab and ran to the dock as a boat was about to leave. Another gringo said we was waiting for the 2:30 Pm boat which was another 30 minutes away.Upon closer inspection the boat about to depart looked to listing port and was low in the stern. The wind was blowing over 25 mph and there were some real swells. To the south we could see a new wind farm which had not started up yet, but will prove to be a winner here soon. We decided to hang back as well and await the bigger, better boat which was visible on itīs way to the dock.

It was cooler here near the lakeshore. The wind across the water helped. It has been hotter than blazes down here. In the nineties and the humidity is in the nineties as well.We have to wash our clothes every time we stop for over one day.

It was a beautiful day, with few clouds except for those spouting out the top of Volcan Conception. The islands have another volcano, Maderas, which is inactive and has a lake in itīs crater. We humped our bags topside and enjoyed the ride across this huge lake from the roof of the ship. The Lake Nicaragua, is actually 8,640 KM Square. It is unusually high due to the heavy rainy period recently . (Probably the same system that flooded the rivers in Panama) It was a beautiful cruise across the water to Moyogalpa, one of the two major settlements on the island. We had booked the American Hotel, as it was one of the best available. It had been a warehouse, then was converted into a cafe and 6 room hotel by an American named Robert and his wife Simone. He did a great job. We had 300 sg ft room, w fan, and it was bug tight. Spotless and new.

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