Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Day 57: Surfing in San Juan del Sur

Time to catch some waves? Well, maybe white water waves... it still counts. We moved south to Nica's most popular surf spot on the Pacific coast, San Juan del Sur (SJDS) which hosted a range of professionals to complete novices (like me!) and some classic "beach bums".
The bay of SJDS

Monday, 25 June 2012

Day 56: a hike to remember...

On our third day on the island, we decided to do our own thing. I decided to climb the smaller of the two volcanoes, Maderas, that makes up the island of Ometepe and Luisa stayed behind to help out on the organic farm. I thought it would be quite challenging...how wrong I was! Here are our two accounts of the day...

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Days 54-55: Ometepe: the duel volcanic island

Ometepe was an island like none other. Situated in Lake Nicaragua, it was an island formed by two volcanoes that were joined by a narrow strip of land formed from ancient lava flows. The island comprises of thick jungle, waterfalls, organic farms and limited transport which made it feel a little bit like the Lost World.


Volcan Concepcion 

Friday, 22 June 2012

Days 52-53: Pool break in Granada

Our volcanic adventure summed up Leon beautifully so it was time to visit Leon’s big sister, Granada on Lake Nicaragua. Granada is very similar to Leon, but larger with more tourists and commercialisation. Although much prettier, the city lacks the dramatic volcanic landscape that makes Leon that bit more special.


South view of the  Parque Central

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Day 51: How many things can you check off your bucketlist in one evening?

Take two geologists, an active volcano and the chance to see glowing magma in the dark… a big bucketlist check! We decided to take a night walk up one of Nicaragua’s active volcanoes in the pursuit to finally see the molten rock we had studied  for many years at university. But the trip turned out to be so much more than that!

Monday, 18 June 2012

Days 47 – 50: Nice to be in Nica

It was time to move off the island of Utila after two weeks of being isolated from the Spanish speaking world and eaten alive by sand flies. Our next stop was Nicaragua. Getting there took a lot longer than we thought (see below) but it was worth the wait when we finally reached the small and beautiful city of Leon.


The Leon cathedral at night

Friday, 15 June 2012

Days 35-45: Scuba diving in Utila

Like most travellers that come to Utila, the main objective is to take the PADI Open Water (OW) course so you are certified to dive up to 18m. It took 3 days to complete and included the theory behind diving and several practical dives. We spent a lot longer there.....
  
The Moray Eeel

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Days 32-34: Antigua to Utila

Antigua is a very hard city to leave, after meeting so many friends that greeted us so warmly, it almost felt like we were leaving family behind…again. Our Hedman Alas bus to Honduras had a 15h schedule; this involved us to be picked up at 3.20am! 

But of course, it wasn’t until 3.45am that our pick-up shuttle arrived and took us to Guatemala City. We decided to pull an all-nighter so we hadn’t slept and the wait felt like an eternity!

The harbor in La Ceiba