I had heard many people rave about the twin volcano island of Ometepe, and it was listed on Lonely Planet as one of the ‘must see’ places in Nicaragua. With that in mind, I made my way there from Granada with high expectations.
I spent two weeks in the gorgeous colonial city of Granada, attempting to improve my Spanish-speaking skills with daily classes at Casa Xalteva and accommodation with a local family (more on that here). When not studying, I spent my free time wandering around the hot streets of Granada (and I mean HOT), sipping fresh juices…
I couldn’t let myself leave León without partaking in the crazy-sounding sport of volcano boarding on Volcan Cerro Negro!
Our hostel in León, Nicaragua was named Tortuga Booluda (Lazy Turtle), and that’s exactly how we felt during our couple of days in the city! Due to the heat and humidity (it reached 39 degrees celsius on Saturday, with the average humidity in March sitting at around 60%) we didn’t feel like doing too much…
(Day 54) My birthday started off with Clinton making coffee then presenting me with several birthday cards from home. A lovely way to start the day before a fairly boring travel day ahead!
We have just completed our first week of Spanish classes at the Orbita Spanish school in San Pedro La Laguna. Are we fluent? Not by a long shot… but it’s a big improvement over last week!
Our original plan had been to go straight through from Flores to Panajachel on Lake Atitlan; however fate and illness intervened, giving us two nights in the beautiful town of Antigua.
Wednesday 7 January (Day 8). What a day of contrasts: we started off relaxing in a geothermally heated pool at sea level and ended up shivering on a mountain at 2800m altitude!
Tuesday 6 January (Day 7). It was time to witness the main event of this incredible big island of Hawaii – the volcano!