boarding ... on a volcano or wave...
Nicaragua Travel Blog› entry 8 of 10 › view all entries
Nicaragua was astoundingly different in the first couple of minutes. We crossed over no problems, and we stopped the car so i could pee beside the road a couple of kilometres in. We pull to the side and i open my door, put a foot out and stop.... there are 2 army guys in fatigues with darkened faces sitting in the bushes, their guns held at the ready. One looks at me and motions me back back inside the car and on... Not sure why they we waiting at the border ready for combat but we drove on pretty fast and i peed a safer distance from the border. Crazy. The other change was the potholes. Now throughout our drive we have driven the obstacle course around the potholes, but here they should be craters. Sometimes this is better as they are so big the entire car drives into the hole on one side and up out on the other.
First stop is Leon, an old colonial town near and one of the first founded in Nica. It is a beautiful town, full of old churches, narrow streets, and parks on the corner. Besides exploring the town and climbing over old churches and having a massive night out with the locals and other backpackers, we go out to a volcano which we have heard about a couple of countries ago. Volcan boarding, while maybe not an olympic sport is definitely something we need to try.... We go to a black sand and rock volcano and hike up the top carrying a ridiculously heavy snowboard that has been lined underneath with stainless steel.
In Leon, we also feel the need to experience some culture. Enough of the sports and games we play, let us watch a sport they have been playing here for centuries. gulp... cockfighting. OK i was horrified at the thought, and at the expereince and for the poor animals, but it was a good cultural experience. We headed to a casual affair with lots of the locals vying for the best position to watch the ´sport´. The roosters are well cared for by their owners to prepare for the fights. They have little nails on the feet that are removed and replaced with little hooks (so that the fights only go for 15mins and can have a clear winner - horrific). The roosters are antagonised with another chicken then the fight starts. The roosters peck and slach with the razor at each others necks and faces.
The next stop on the jeep adventure is a beautiful beach, Mahagual, a fantastic chill place. There is only a couple of buildings there and we stay in a small backpackers, cooking our food on the fire and learning to surf. This time we get a good lesson and a good board and it is so much fun. I am not necessarily going to be the next famous big wave rider or anything like that but it was so fun catching the waves, trying to stand up, falling over, trying again.... It was a lovely area and a good vibe (i saw quite a few other backpackers here that i had met on my travels). We stayed for 2 days riding the waves before i got sick and we moved on. Definitely need to try this again.
It is almost full moon and we head to La Flor to see the turtles coming onto the beach to lay their eggs.
Isla de Ometepe is a wonderful island and a great place to relax under the shadow of 2 volcanoes. We stayed a couple of days in a Finca which was an old converted farmhouse and coffee plantation. I will never take my coffee for granted now after i see how long it takes for the beans to be harvested. We spent a day horseriding to a waterfall halfway up the volcano too, a perfect trip without a guide to trail behind and a horse that loved to run, and the other a grumpy lazy nag. then playing in the natural pools and a very sad parting of ways for me a Jonathan.
On to Costa Rica by myself.