Exploring a canyon
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We had planned on getting up and visiting a cigar factory this morning but as we drank too much beer last night and slept through the alarm we changed plans.
So we packed our gear up and headed to the bus station, not really knowing where we wanted to head to. So we jumped on the next bus that pulled up and we ended up going to Somoto. This is a great little place with mountains all around although it is still very hot. We spent 2 nights here and actually got in to a little hotel with a TV in our room. So there we were chilling out and catching up on Prison Break and crap films like Double Jeopardy and others that we have all seen a hundred times. Found some great grub - chicken cooked fresh on the BBQ with rice and beans.
On Saturday morning we got into a jeep with the hotel owner and headed off in search of the canyon that has put Somoto on the tourist map. After a very bumpy trip across open land and through rivers that Hurricane Mitch partially reformed, we came to the start of the canyon. Basically, the River Coco, (largest river in Central America) starts here at the canyon. A little boat ride up the river took us closer to the canyon and from here, we clambered into inflatable rubber rings and were gently pulled along by 2 guides. My guide swam along next to me while Simon`s guide went for the warmer option of sitting in a rubber ring like us. We drifted along through the canyon with its walls very high and sheer on either side of us. The water was freezing and in some parts very deep. The canyon is very beautiful and peaceful, as we were the only people in it so we had the place to ourselves.
Stopped on a rather big rocky bit at one point and took lots of pictures. After rubber-ringing back and having a swim in the freezing water, we walked back along the steep rocky path and got our jeep back tot town. ****super dooper pics to follow soon!!!!