Nicaragua: Granada and Ometepe Island
Spent a day and a half in Granada, which was a nice colonial town full of churches and colorful houses. Met a Nicaraguan guy on the tower of La Merced church who excitedly talked about Manny Pacquiao when he found out I was from the Philippines. It’s the beginning of the rainy season and it’s been raining off and on, mostly in the afternoons. Rode the ferry to Ometepe Island under a pouring rain…wasn’t a very pleasant ride. Until we came close to the island and I walked outside of the ferry to get some air and was greeted with an awesome view of 2 massive volcanoes: Concepcion and Maderas. Most people come to this island to climb either or both. They are so huge, and the island so small, that I could see them wherever I was. I couldn’t take my eyes off them, they are so beautiful. Since I am not fit enough to climb either one, I was content just to look at them. There’s not much to do in the island besides a visit to the volcanoes. The town is so bare, the only interesting thing to see is the replica of the volcanoes in the town square. I did go to the natural spring here, Ojo de Agua, with crystal clear cold water, and today I rented a bike and pedaled to Santo Domingo beach 4km away. And thus endeth my visit to Nicaragua.
Onward to Costa Rica!