Another day, another volcano climb !
Isla de Ometepe Travel Blog› entry 21 of 32 › view all entries
I can very vividly remember the exact moment when I fell in love with Nicaragua. It was indeed the same day as I entered the country, in the evening as we had just ordered dinner at a local diner in Moyagalpa. It happened when I ordered a beer for dinner, and the waiter came back with a 1000ml - one liter glass bottle of beer !! it`s the biggest beer I`ve ever seen, and I could feel myself becoming very very happy, even though the food was really bad.
Then a guy came up and offered us to climb the biggest volcano on the island the next day for 10$ each , and so we accepted. Torunn even joined happily ready for a new volcano, even though she had sworn never to touch a volcano again after the last one we climbed(see Volcan Barru from previous posting).
We got up early the next day and met our guide down the street. He was a teenager, and very smiling. We got the level of service we`d paid for ,as he brought us to a local rickety bus that would take us to the starting point....we even had to pay for the bus...hehe....
The countryside here is very poor, and there is so many stray animals roaming about everywhere, mostly dogs, but also many emanciated horses.
We started the walk, and we were super happy as he told us that we might see Armadillos on the way (we love those little buggers!) ... but obviously the chances were`nt that big. We saw loads of birds though, mostly this strange blue bird with a big head feather, and a big tail feather.
Then there was some pretty Parakeets, and even some green amazons.
It was very sad to see that nothing is done to protect these habitats, as we passed large areas of deforrestation where the farmer were burning down the trees to grow more coffe and bananas and beans. In one place the poor monkies where stuck on a little island of rainforrest in the middle of a vast ugly burned down area...and this is going on all over the island(and probably the country).
So we kept walking and walking and walking, and Torunn seemed perfectly happy by holding my pace, and the guide seemed surprised of our speed up the steep volcano. After a few hours we were above the tree level, and got the amazing volcano views !
Then there was an area of grass before we got to the hardest bit ; climbing up on the loose volcanic rock.
The road back down was worse then up, as we needed to be very careful while climbing down the steep loose volcanic rocks….you can`t afford to slip in this place !
It went well, a few hours later we were back down ,and completely exhausted…. Ready for the prettiest beach on the island !