Another day, another volcano climb !

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The biggest beer ever !

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).

Torunn and the guide on the less steep part

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.

deforrestation...nice..
On our way up we got pretty close to both Kapuchin monekys and howler monkies that were jumping from the trees over to banana bushes to have some carbohydrates !
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.

up we go..
We did that for a few hundred meters ( 1-200 meters) before we reached a big volcanic rock to sit on and enjoy the view. Then we were at 1200 meters ! We did`nt bother climbing the next 400 meters as it would take hours according to the guide, and it was hardly worth it, and also dangerous.

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 !

Chokk says:
I loved this island
Posted on: Jun 18, 2013
Stigen says:
Oh ! there was a pretty nice trail up conception, some people wereeven allowed to enter the crater !
Posted on: Oct 19, 2009
Biedjee says:
blimey, you climbed the Concepción! That wasn't possible when I was there, so I had to settle for the smaller one instead.
Posted on: Oct 18, 2009
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The biggest beer ever !
The biggest beer ever !
Torunn and the guide on the less s…
Torunn and the guide on the less …
deforrestation...nice..
deforrestation...nice..
up we go..
up we go..
up the worst part
up the worst part
Cattle herding
Cattle herding
ploughing the good old way
ploughing the good old way
strange plant
strange plant
farmer..
farmer..
guide with cool old tree
guide with cool old tree
Our trail was also a cattle trail
Our trail was also a cattle trail
butterfly..
butterfly..
me and a jungle creature
me and a jungle creature
Offering a flower to my dear
Offering a flower to my dear
the rain made our trail muddy !
the rain made our trail muddy !
above the trees !
above the trees !
strange flower
strange flower
volcano !
volcano !
my company is falling behind..
my company is falling behind..
they keep coming down there..
they keep coming down there..
really steep...
really steep...
at the 1200 meter viewpoint
at the 1200 meter viewpoint
straight down the loose rocks..
straight down the loose rocks..
the rest of the island
the rest of the island
on the top !
on the top !
pretty happy to be up ( but not so…
pretty happy to be up ( but not s…
nice views
nice views
our guide leading us out of harms …
our guide leading us out of harms…
tha volcano !
tha volcano !
down the dirty path
down the dirty path
down we go..
down we go..
strange tree
strange tree
difficult to get pictures of these…
difficult to get pictures of thes…
deforrestation
deforrestation
our ride back to town..
our ride back to town..
this did`nt happen this time
this did`nt happen this time
nasty whole fish..
nasty whole fish..
Torunn tasting my gigantic beer
Torunn tasting my gigantic beer
loving it !
loving it !
Isla de Ometepe
photo by: Clarafina