Volcano Trail - Day 11: Tackling Maderas
Isla de Ometepe Travel Blog› entry 13 of 31 › view all entries
July 8th, 2009 – by: daisywho
The path started to get a little more difficult as we entered the jungle. It had rained the night before so the trail was really muddy and damp. The slow incline made for a very slippery trail. The forest was so lush and the trees created a nice protective covering for us against the sun. We could hear some howler monkeys in the trees, but couldn't pinpoint their exact location. Once we hiked out of the forest, we had a great view of the volcano. It kind of reminded me of a scene from the television series Lost, with it's lush landscape. We just needed to climb up a short steep incline to reach the viewpoint. When we finally got there, the view was absolutely amazing.
Once we finished taking in the view, we turned around and hiked back down the trail. It was a lot harder going down hill with the mud. I slipped a couple of times and almost sprained my ankle. Once we passed through the forest, we took a different trail back to the visitor centre. We passed through a few more petroglyph, which were looking more weathered and faded. Our guide pointed out all the fruit plants along the way. There were mango trees, cinnamon trees, banana plants, avocado trees, cacao trees, coffee beans plants, citrus trees, and pineapple plants.
We reached the visitor centre and waited for our driver to pick us up. We relaxed in the hammocks with a nice refreshing coke bottle and amazing views of the volcanoes. It was a great way end the hike. We went back to the hotel and just chilled for the rest of the day.
For dinner we went to a little vegetarian place next to the hotel that our guide recommended. It was a small little shack right next to the beach with a very limited menu, but it was delicious. We had an amazing vegetable curry with lemon grass and a yoghurt fruit smoothie. I loved eating right next to the water; you could hear the waves crashing while enjoying a meal with new friends.
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