Jiquilillo Travel Blog› entry 34 of 52 › view all entries
The goal of todayâ€™s trip was to stay at the Playa Jiquilillo some 80 kilometres north of Leon. The road up there was mostly really good; due to that we were following the volcano route. At some point we had to turn away from the main road and the last 10 km were good grabble road; so the beach and the village is quite accessible driving from Chinandega.
The village of Jiquilillo and surroundings was some of the poorest we had seen all the way around Nicaragua. The area had been totally devastated by a huge Tsunami back in 1992 killing more than 30 people in the village and destroying all the villages.
The beach of the other hand was stunning but these people canâ€™t feed on beauty - yet.
We stayed at Montyâ€™s Surf Camp which was a really nice place owned by a Canadian guy Monty and his Nicaraguan business partner Jerry. None of them were there but they had a multitasking Nicaraguan chef working who was a really nice guy with a really relaxing attitude and nicely painted toenails. He was supported by two girl who did most of the cleaning and helping out in the kitchen and the restaurant.
We arrived shortly before it got dark and made the most of the time before it got dark. I really enjoyed standing with my feet in the water just enjoying the sundown over the horizon.
We met a British architect working here building a womenâ€™s house out of a 40 foot container. She told us about the poverty of the region and the large problem of teen pregnancy in the area where girls down to 12 years became pregnant.
At 8 Envi the chef served a wonderful fish dish with cold wine and it was truly great. After some hours Babs went to bed while I was sitting enjoying the sound of the shore and the waves; looking out in the moon lighted water. I was very close heaven and the stars.