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!

Granada Cathedral

Granada Cathedral

La Merced church, Granada

La Merced church, Granada

Granada

Granada

I found John Lennon at Penny Lane. Granada

I found John Lennon at Penny Lane. Granada

Granada

Granada

Cathedral in Leon

Cathedral in Leon

Leon

Leon

the town of Leon

the town of Leon

chicken bus! (old North American school buses brightly painted)

chicken bus! (old North American school buses brightly painted)

Ometepe Island Volcanoes from the boat

Ometepe Island Volcanoes from the boat

Ometepe Island

Ometepe Island

Central Plaza, Ometepe Island

Central Plaza, Ometepe Island

Concepcion Volcano, Ometepe Island

Concepcion Volcano, Ometepe Island

Ojo de Agua, Ometepe Island

Ojo de Agua, Ometepe Island

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