San Juan del Sur seemed like the most convenient place for us to spend our first night in Nicaragua, it was close to the border (travelling straight to Granada would have been too much hassle and too long a trip we gathered) and we had heard many promising recommendations. Initially we were hoping to visit the Ricon de la Vieja reserve in Costa Rica on our way to Nicaragua, but that turned out to be too complicated, so we travelled directly from Montezuma to San Juan del Sur.
Granada used to be the country’s capital but it passed that role onto Managua, nevertheless it still remains an important city in Nicaragua. The city center is of colonial style, it is a small city somewhat held back in time with most of its residents getting around by horse drawn carriages and living in very basic houses.
Ometepe is a volcanic island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua which is located on the south border of the country. We spent 4 incredible days on Ometepe, with amazing views over the volcanoes, biking, riding, a rodeo show and kayaking. The trip over to the island was however very rough. We had thought it would be quite pleasant, after all it was just a lake, but we were in Nicaragua during the windy season and so the conditions were pretty intense. The two French guys Katie had played cards with were also on the ferry, we chatted with them for a while, but we actually spent most of the 5 hours journey on deck, despite the cold wind, huddled in a corner trying not to get sick.