Rivas beach and Concepcion Volcano in the background
I didn't expect to take my favorite photo in Nicaragua after they lost our Ferry reservation to the island of Ometepe. But I did. We don't speak Spanish. And when we arrived in Rivas to take the Ferry we experienced our first trip hiccup. What would that mean? Sleeping in our car? Bribing a ferry worker? Well, luckily it only meant waiting, drinking a Tona and walking on the beach by the Ferry station. We made it on the next boat. But things can get pretty confusing pretty darn fast when you don't know when, why or how things go wrong.
Our vehicle. I remember wondering if we would get on when I took this photo. It seemed like such a crap shoot. When we got on they had Spanish soap operas on the T.V. And the locals all bought homemade snacks that ladies brought on in big baskets.
The good news. We arrived on Ometepe at sunset. The bad news. We had to drive to our lodge on the other side of the island in the dark. And if you have ever driven in Central America you know it is not recommended to drive after dark. The funny thing is that it is not necessarily because of crime. Every person, cow and dog like to hang out in the road. It's dangerous!
Well, I've already posted some of the things that we did on the island. Hit my labels at the bottom to check out some other Ometepe island adventures.
This post is all about the coming and going. Now we are trying to figure out the return trip. Dean is talking with some other gringos. Hmmm. Hopefully if we work together we'll get on.
I took this photo of a kiskadee standing tough in the concrete jungle while waiting. And waiting.
Here it comes. Do you know that Nicaragua has 19 Volcanoes? And I just saw on the news that they were hit by a meteorite! Good grief. When it rains it pours. Anyway, we were staying on an island with two of them. And there's another one peeking out in the right hand corner. I think it might be Mombachu.
Ometepe is slowly fading away. The rear view of an amazing adventure is always bittersweet. You can see both volcanoes in this photo. Concepcion is on the left. The cone peaks at 5,280 feet. Which makes it the world's highest lake island. And Maderas volcano is on the right.
It was a beautiful place.
And if you haven't already, please click here to see my illustrated map of Ometepe! It's published over at the cool travel website TheyDrawAndTravel.