Saturday, 18 March 2017

Travel Inspiration - Nicaragua

     Welcome to the land of volcanos! Yes, that's really what Nicaragua gets called, there's a ton of them, and plenty are active, though full-blown eruptions don't happen too often as far as I know. This was another country I visited during my Central America trip, almost two years ago now! We stayed in Granada, and Ometepe Island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, which is actually formed from two volcanos and a strip of land connecting them. There were certainly plenty of volcanos to see, as I visited an active crater just outside Granada, then hiked a portion of Maderas, the smaller of Ometepe's two peaks. There's more than just volcanos too, with markets of handicraft goods (featuring lots of wooden items), stunning architecture in the city, and plenty of opportunities to relax in the water, in lagoons and mineral springs.

Granada, Nicaragua

Granada, Nicaragua

Granada, Nicaragua

Granada, Nicaragua

Granada, Nicaragua

Granada, Nicaragua

     Wandering around the streets of Granada is a pretty nice way to spend an afternoon, perhaps stopping for a drink or meal along the way - I remember having a great breakfast here!

Granada, Nicaragua

Granada, Nicaragua

Masaya Volcano, Granada, Nicaragua

Cave exploring near Masaya Volcano, Granada, Nicaragua

Masaya Volcano, Granada, Nicaragua

Masaya Volcano, Granada, Nicaragua

Masaya Volcano, Granada, Nicaragua

Masaya Volcano, Granada, Nicaragua

     A dark cave to explore by torch light, followed by getting up close to the Masaya Volcano, two craters side by side, one dormant, the other active and spewing smoke.

Masaya handicraft market, Granada, Nicaragua

Masaya handicraft market, Granada, Nicaragua

Laguna de Apoyo, Granada, Nicaragua

Laguna de Apoyo, Granada, Nicaragua

Laguna de Apoyo, Granada, Nicaragua

Las Isletas, Granada, Nicaragua

Las Isletas, Granada, Nicaragua

Wild monkey on Las Isletas, Granada, Nicaragua

     A boat ride around Las Isletas at sunset, on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, just outside Granada.

Sunset on Las Isletas, Granada, Nicaragua

Sunset at Las Isletas, Granada, Nicaragua

Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Beach on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Hiking on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Views on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

View of Concepcion Volcano on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

     Volcanic views on Ometepe Island, of Concepción, the larger peak, taken from partway up Maderas, the smaller.

Santa Domingo beach, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Horses on Santa Domingo beach, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Santa Domingo beach, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Wild capuchin monkeys, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Wild capuchin monkeys on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

     Black volcanic sand on the beaches of Ometepe, and getting up close to wildlife on the island, in the form of horses and capuchin monkeys.

Ojo de Agua mineral springs, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Ojo de Agua mineral springs, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Sunset on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Sunset on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

     And finally, relaxing in the mineral springs, followed by a beach sunset, also on Ometepe Island.

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