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We started our day early with our driver picking us up at 515. He was 15 minutes late because he had stopped to pick up the others in our group from a different hotel, a couple from Germany and a lady from Chicago. It was about an hour and a half to the border of Nicaragua. We got dropped off there and walked across the border. Getting our exit stamp from Costa Rica and the entrance stamp to Nicaragua. Our guide for the day was very professional and has been doing the tour regularly. Our next van was waiting for us on the Nicaraguan side. We drove into Nicaragua and got a full history lesson about everything from the original people to the revolution from the dictatorship to modern recent issues. We stopped for breakfast on ... read more
Pedro In Nicaragua
Pedro talks to the guide while looking into crater San Fernando in the volcano Masaya in Nicaragua
 Crater San Fernando in the volcano Masaya in Nicaragua


On Sunday, April 15th, Rebecka and me arrived at around 2PM, after a very uncomfortable 1h ride in a chickenbus to Granada. Since we had the whole afternoon free and nothing planned, we checked into our hostel and then went to discover Granada. This small town is really beautiful, only small, cute, colourful buildings, a nice little parc in the center of town, in front of a beautiful cathedral, a lively and cute restaurant/bar street and access to the lake. We strolled around all afternoon, taking pictures and eating ice-cream. Then we went back to the hostel (de boca en boca) and relaxed for a few hours before going for dinner. There, we met Gwendoline from Brittany in France. She seemed like a very nice girl and we got along very well from the beginning. She ... read more
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Sonntag, den 15. April, sind Rebecka und ich gegen 14h, nach einer sehr ungequemen einstündigen Busfahrt in einem Chickenbus von Manágua endlich in Granada angekommen. Da wir den ganzen Nachmittag noch vor uns hatten und keine Aktivität geplant hatten, haben wir nach dem Check-in in unser Hostel Granada erkundet. Diese kleine Stadt ist wirklich super schön ; sie hat nur kleine, hübsche, bunte Gebäude im Kolonialstyle mit einem netten kleinen Park im Stadtzentrum, gegenüber der Kathedrale. Es gibt dort eine schöne, kleine, lebhafte Straße voller Bars und Restaurants und es gibt auch einen direkten Zugang zum See. Wir haben den Nachmittag also damit verbracht, durch die Straßen zu schlendern, Photos zu machen und Eis zu essen. :-) Danach sind wir zurück zu unserem Hostel gegangen (De boca en boca) und haben ein bisschen dort gechillt bevor ... read more
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Hola chicos, just a short blog to say I am still alive. So flew from Costa Rica back to Nicaragua, at the airport realised my debit card was missing! doh! Think I left it in an ATM at the supermarket in San Jose, cancelled and nothing been taken so all ok just lucky I have my credit card with me, think the first time I have ever lost a card. Unlike UK the money comes out first..... Picked up by a shuttle at Managua airport and headed back to Granada, staying in an air bnb for 30 odd days. I have a nice one bed open plan apartment, hot shower, kitchen, decent wifi and access to a real washing machine! Is in a good location only 15 min walk into centre of town and 5 min ... read more
Volcan Mombacho
Walking through Granada
Granada colonial architecture


Hola chicos y chicas, just a short blog for the last week or so.... enjoy the photos, don't forget to check all the photos after the text!! Left Isla de Ometepe, couple of chicken buses and then the ferry to San Jorge, staying one night before catching a shuttle to Granada about an hour travel North. "Granada is a city in western Nicaragua and the capital of the Granada Department. With an estimated population of 123,697, it is Nicaragua's sixth most populous city. Granada is historically one of Nicaragua's most important cities, economically and politically. It has a rich colonial heritage, seen in its architecture and structure." Not the one in Spain! But named after it. In its history it was invaded by English, French and Dutch pirates, including Captain Morgan the infamous Welsh pirate. Seems ... read more
Iglesia de La Merced
Monkey aboard
Masaya volcano lava at night


LEAVING COSTA RICA After our disastrous journey getting to Ostional we were pleased to have an uneventful journey back to San Jose and it took under 5 hours. Rolf the hotel owner of Luna Azul recommended Louis, a local driver to take us to the airport and he arrived promptly on time. As it was at least a 10 hour round trip for him he bought his wife Jessica to join him so we spent a pleasant five hours with them in their car. He stopped so Paul could get some money in Santa Cruz to pay him as we had run out of cash, not having a bank anywhere near us for the last couple of weeks. The roads were so much better leaving the area via the northern route and although there had been ... read more
Nicaragua rural homesteads
Local Bus heading into the city
Granada Street Life


Our last days in León we went to the beach, a beautiful black sand beach with huge waves. We also went to the top of the cathedral, the roof was hot (we had to take out shoes off!) and blindingly white! We travelled from León to Granada via Managua with a 'colectivo, known in English as chicken buses. These are the ones you will have seen photos of where there are so many people on you can't breathe and you have people and animals hanging out of windows and clinging on to the back of the bus for dear life. They tried to charge us for our bags but neither Fabian or myself are people who put up with crap like that so we refused to pay. Just because we look European doesn't mean they can ... read more
Las Peñitas beach in León
Colonial Granada cathedral
Fabian being a child 😎


We had a lovely breakfast and great coffee at our hostel. While relaxing over breakfast we realized that a shuttle to Granada was leaving right from the front door at 9am and only cost $10 each. We realized at 8:55am. Thankfully we were already packed and ready to go, so off to Granada we went. On the shuttle we bumped into Brian and Dara, who were on their way to the airport. When we arrived in Granada we happily realized that the shuttle dropped us off only a few blocks away from our next Guesthouse, Hostal La Mexicana. The owner was super-friendly and though I wouldn't eat off the floor, this place was much nicer than our accommodations in León had been ... and there were two fans in the room that both worked :) Granada ... read more
The Cathedral
Centro Turistico
Iglesia Guadalupe


It was a slow journey to Granada and I very nearly didn´t make it but good things come to those who wait! I had the typical Nicaraguan breakfast for a Sunday which is called Nacatamal made from corn and other fillings. After that the owner of the B&B gave me a tour by car of the city. In the afternoon I explored on my own and went to the Cathedral and then randomly met Laura and Georgia in the plaza. We´d all met in Santa Ana, El Salvador so it was nice to catch up over a late lunch. I wandered back to the plaza later and there was a band playing. People were dancing to cumbia and other latin music so of course I had to join in! We danced until it started raining and ... read more


Kävin aamukävelyllä rannalla. Aamupalan jälkeen Ernarosa tuli sattumalta katsomaan hotellia. Käveltiin yhdessä postiin, ja ostin minäkin postimerkkejä. Vein pyykkejä pesulaan. Edessä oli hotellin vaihto. Isäntä oli kysynyt eilen haluaisinko vaihtaa hänen toiseen hotelliinsa, kun oli tulossa ryhmä costaricalaisia, jotka olisivat äänekkäitä. Totesin että eivät he minua haittaa. Tunnin päästä hän teki tarjouksen että saisin kolmannen yön ilmaiseksi jos vaihtaisin hotellia. Otin tarjouksen vastaan. Hotellissa valmistauduttiin ryhmän tuloon, lisää vuoteita huoneisiin. Yksi työntekijöistä käveli kanssani neljän korttelin matkan. Uusi hotelli oli vaatimattomampi ja huone oli toisessa kerroksessa. Kokis. Vaihdoin 10 taalaa. Kävelin supermarkettiin. Poikkesin matkalla katsomassa vanhaa rautatieasemaa. Rautateiden kohtalo oli karu. Ne myytiin 1990-luvulla ital... read more
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