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Overheated: Nicaragua Part II

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Another day, another beach. Life is hard for us Adventurers.

I was pretty excited as we drove away from Laguna de Apoyo towards Granada. I knew that this was one of Victoria’s favorite places, and considering how beautiful and fun the lake had been, that could only mean good things. Plus, the drive was nice and short! Maya curled up…

Two Borders, a Beach and a Lake: Nicaragua Pt. 1

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Is there anything better than a new beach to explore? Here I am in Las Penitas.

I knew the day we left El Salvador was going to be a long one. First of all, Victoria and Jason dragged me out of bed just as the sun was rising. Jason’s been getting up with Maya at all hours of the night…

Bordercrossing Nicaragua – Costa Rica with foreign car and a dog.

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This bordercrossing was the most confusing so far, especially on the Nicaraguan side. None of the buildings had any sign on it and there were lots of steps to follow, which you just sort of had to guess.
Nicaragua
Arriving at the border, we were stopped at a gate by a guy who gave us a form to fill out.…

Nicaragua..

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We spent about three-four weeks in Nicaragua.
Our first 4 days were spent in the North. We drove through the National Park Miraflor, where we stayed at the property of a Finca. The friendly owner invited us to stay on his land when we asked if we could stay overnight on the road near his place. The area is amazing…

Maintenance

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After having driven little more than 40.000 kilometers in almost a year, we decided it was time for some large maintenance on Panda. We needed an oil change, the brakes needed an adjustment/replacement of pads, we found a leak on one of the axles that needed to be checked, etc.  Even though we would be able to do most of…

Bordercrossing Honduras – Nicaragua with dog and foreign vehicle…

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Our crossing into Nicaragua was a bit unexpected. We planned to find another (free) campsite for a few days before crossing the border, but we were driving and searching and before we knew it, we were about 10 km from the border. It was 12h00 on a Monday when we said “let’s cross the border then”..
HONDURAS
Got our exit…

Instavan III

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Square moments from the past month…

Guns on display in San Jose, Costa Rica

Laundry day on Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua

The beautiful pool (and view) at Volcano Brewing Company on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Chicken salad with a side dish of begging

An amazing number of baggage handlers

At the Chicago Botanic Gardens

Crab hunting in Playa Soley in Costa…

Nicaragua….

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So we made it into Nicaragua after worrying for ages about their silly import rule. You see they have a Law that says you cannot import a RHD car. This applies to all imports even temporary ones. LEY 453 Article 112. You can Google and find the PDF of the law if you like.We arrived at the Costa Rica border…

Nicaragua nous voilà !

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Je reprends la plume pour le Nicaragua, c’est qu’on y prend goût à l’écriture !
Fatigués de nos deux passages de frontière en une seule journée, nous bivouaquons au club champêtre de la ville d’Estelli. La visite de cette petite ville de montagne du nord du pays est très enrichissante. Cette région est assez prospère, car on y cultive le…

Camping refresher

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I love islands!

A model of the volcanic islands of Ometepe in Altagracia, the oldest city on the island.

I had good memories of Ometepe being a relaxing place, and was not disappointed. The first night we were a little disappointed because we had hoped to stay at Finca Magdalena, but the access road was closed, so we camped that…

Phone pictures

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I think Stephanie’s last post sounded a bit more negative than either of us felt. Sure, our legs and arms are more bite than person, and our dog is more chicken than dog, but we’re having a blast. Right now we are camped, for the second night, on the beach by the lake, on the island of Ometepe. It had…

Bits and bites, nine months in

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Today marks nine months on the road, and we have been observing this milestone by holing up in an air-conditioned hotel in Granada. The current mood has a bit to do with travel fatigue, a bit to do with heat exhaustion, and a whole lot to do with a whole lot of bites.

Collapse in Granada

Something I didn’t do…

Familiar grounds

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For the first time since Baja (or backtracking our few times through San Cristóbal), we have arrived in a place that I’ve visited before–Nicaragua. Back in 2008, in the summer between my first and second years of grad school, I came to Nicaragua for two weeks with two friends from San Francisco. We met in the south, in Granada (an…

Instavan II

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Even though I now carry a tiny camera, sometimes I just don’t have it on me.

…like at this carnival in Los Naranjos, Honduras.

in Suchitoto, El Salvador

Having lunch on the beach in Sambo Creek, Honduras

Spying a Juan emerging from his natural habitat at the two-person dorm room in Hotel El Mesón, Estelí, Nicaragua.

That epic coconut curry…

Why Is Nicaragua So Poor?

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After a few days in northwestern Nicaragua (Somoto Canyon and Esteli), we made a beeline to the coast for some surf.  We stopped at a town called El Transito, and instead of surf, we found a really sketchy little fishing town with one very aggressive drunk. That night, we asked to park at a hotel and they told us it would be $5.…

Somoto Canyon, The Most Non-Touristy Tourist Destination in Nicaragua

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When we crossed into Nicaragua we chose the route through El Espino. This took us right to The Somoto Canyon.  This limestone canyon, which the Rio Coco passes through, was relatively unknown by outsiders until just recently. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to experience this natural wonder before it got overrun by backpackers and international tourists.
As we approached…

Crossing Through Honduras in a Day

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We’ve read that Honduras has the highest recorded murder rate in the world and some of the most corrupt police in Central America.  Many overlanders who find themselves near the Pacific coast of El Salvador (and also Honduras) cross through Honduras in ONE DAY.  This means two border crossings in a day.  Hey, why not, let’s give it a try.

A…

Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador & now Guatemala

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As you can see from the title we have been busy suffering Central America’s notorious border crossings, first let me say that technically they aren’t difficult but the standing around in full bike gear sweating more than in a sauna in 40 Degree heat and high humidity makes it all a little more trying, however no point in moaning because…

Granada, Nicaragua

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We crossed the border from Costa Rica to Nicaragua in just under two hours, two hours of doing waterfall impersonations, the sweat pouring out of me. We used a fixer which speeded the process up a little and in my opinion $10 well spent! The taxes and insurance to enter the country came to $32 each and no photocopies were…

Costa Rica…barely.

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We finally decide its time to pull away from our hilltop hostel, coast downhill and see how far we can make it towards the border.
Who knows, we might even make it into costa rica?  Our confidence in the bus is about zero right now and we caught ourselves being tempted to stay another night in the hostel.  Not because…

Beneath a Giants Foot

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Hammock Dayz

There once was this little fishing town, dwarfed by a massive giants foot. Horses and cows take their evening stroll down the beach while chickens take their chances crossing the one and only dirt road through town. Slipping by many a tourist radar, little is known of Playa Gigante and little has changed. Nestled on the southside of…

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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Yes, Nicaragua.  It seems we may have spoken a bit to soon about our border crossing into costa rica…
We packed up the bus and headed back up the dirt road en route to Costa Rica, but as soon as we hit the pavement we knew that at least some of our unease about the repair was warranted.  He had…

Popoyo, Apoyo, and Pet Raccoons

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With our new battery and solar panel installed, we moved along towards Popoyo, a well known surf break that Nate and Jamie had been itching to get to.  After our day filled with running around Managua to get the battery, it was getting late but we pushed on, in hopes to make it to the beach before dark.  When that…

Celebration! We’re back on 4 wheels!

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Sometimes things just fall into place…
We arrange for transport back to mango rosa and the bus and as we pull into the parking lot we see the mechanics waiting with all of our parts.  We didn’t arrange this time or even tell them we were returning today, so im somewhat curious if they been sitting here for a day.…

Playa Majagual, Nicaragua

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A much needed rest with a great friend.
During our week in the rental house we did a really good job of completely forgetting about how we abandoned the bus (with only three wheels) and what that might mean later on.  Mostly we lounged in the hammocks, hit the outdoor shower every 20 minutes to stay cool and fit as…

Energía del Sol

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After much thought and contemplation, we decided to skip traveling throughout Honduras for two reasons.  One: our CA-4 visas were going to run up in about one month and still had all of Nicaragua to travel through and two: if we continued through to Nicaragua we would be able to complete the double border crossing with our friends Tranquilo Adventures.…

Assessing the damage in Playa Madera, Nicaragua

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Working to assess the damage.
We have a cold drink to ease the nerves and then set up some shade before getting to work.  We find enough blocks to jack the bus up appropriately and then remove the tire.  The axle stub is so loose i can wiggle it back and forth with no work and it spins roughly as…

A few bumps in the road, Nicaragua

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Our drive to the next nicaraguan beach has a few bumps in the road, and our plans change again.
We continue to explore and enjoy popoyo and the tiny villages around our surf camp.
Beach time is limited due to the intensity of the sun and the shockingly cold waters.  The gusty winds that keep us cool on the patio…