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views from La Biosfera, cloud Forest ®etreat, jinotega
Our first trip to Central America started in Cost Rica for a friends wedding, the capital san juan a big urban sprawl, prob best avoided, n costa rica itself pretty expeno. Then over the border to Nicaragua, got the chicken bus which is great but they do leave you to wander around the border crossing until u work out where to go, u get a visa on the border.

Our first stop was Granada cause we had heard that the architecture was great, all true, we stayed at a hostel right in the centre amssive yellow ( think) building opposite the markets, bit noisy, but welcome to Nicaragua, but great  has a little kitchen so brought food in the morning from the markets. We were in granada for easter, but to be honest not much happens there all  the action is on the coast. But granada is well worth a visit.
The loft at falling water, cabin at La Biosfera

we then got the ferry to omotepe, which is stunning but i found it a bit dull, i guess i'm just not the beach type, we tried to horse trek here but it was really expensive and you just get all roped together and trotted around

Then off to san juan del sur, we really enjoyed it here, great surf apparently, i dont,  then we hopped back on the chicken bus to jinotega a sleepy litle cowboy town in the mountains, great climate here as much cooler than elsewhere in Nicaragua, also very picturesque, Lonely planet says the drive from Matagalpa to Jinotega is one of the most stunning in Nicaragua, its pretty great, but then the whole of this region is stunning.
waterfall at La Biosfera, cant make this not flip over

We arrived in Jinotega in time for a hipico, ( they have quite a few), they love a parade. All the local coboys come out and show off their horses, great fun,
We then stayed at La Biosfera Cloud Forest Retreat, just 4 km outside of Jinotega on the road to matagalpa , we rented The loft at falling water, amazing little cabin in the middle of the cloud forest reserve. sooo tranquil . They are in the process of building a backpackers hall thre which ill be finished in August 09,The views from th property are so spectacular and they have a bat cave. we did a horse trek while we were there, they have 3 horses, its was a great experience, they gave us free lessons, so you actuall get to ride yourself not be ld, then you go out for half a day with a local guide, they also have a map of all the bars in jinotga so you can combine drinking a few beers with horse riding excellent.

I loved Jinotega, it has all that represents Nicaragua, you can still see random horses and cattle ambling along the streets and the people are sooo friendly.

Finally we left and headed off to estelli on our way to the honduras border
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views from La Biosfera, cloud Fore…
views from La Biosfera, cloud For…
The loft at falling water, cabin a…
The loft at falling water, cabin …
waterfall at La Biosfera, cant mak…
waterfall at La Biosfera, cant ma…
The markets in Jinotega
The markets in Jinotega
another view La biosfera, sunset
another view La biosfera, sunset
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