After the Laguna Apoyo we headed to the historic town Granada. We heard it shall be beautiful, but we never expected such an awesome colorful town. It wasn’t easy to enter the center with our van, because at the historic district the streets are very narrow. People helped us to pass parking cars with only a few centimeters left. Finding a secured parking lot was impossible, so we asked at the station del bomberos (firestation).
First they wanted 250 Cordobas for one night. But when we told them, we are colleagues from Austria, they charged us only 100 Cordobas. 😛 We settled into a close hostel and felt comfortable at the colorful atrium. Then we visited the town and were amazed of the colorful houses and the beautiful center. It was already dark when we went for dinner and two beers. Rest of the time we spent relaxing in the hammocks at our hostel.
Next morning after breakfast a German family with a five year old son asked us, if we can give them a ride to San Juan Del Sur. They are backpacking for three months at all from Mexico City to Panama. About 10 kilometers north of San Juan Del Sur we found a campsite (and a hostel nearby for the family) at a lonely beach. There were only a few houses with cabins for rent and a little stall/restaurant, where you get the most necessary things: Food and beer! 😉
In front of the restaurant you have a calm ocean with clearest water and a really clean beach. Until midday you are alone there. On the right side you have cliffs and rocks for snorkeling, where you can find globefishes, sting rays and much more colorful fishes for free. Ten minutes walk on the left side you pass areas with many mussels and you arrive at a great surfing beach, where nearly hundred surfers try to catch waves.
Two guys from Canada and California, who stayed in cabins, were joking all the time. “I always tell my friends, don’t get here. It’s dangerous all the time. Sandstorms instead of snow, on the beach you burn your feet and the water is too hot for cooling. Maybe when you go the 300 feet to the restaurant, you have to wait at the intersection. Yes indeed! Look!” And at this moment a horse passed the way. 😀
First day was relaxing and the restaurant opened longer for us, because we were good customers. The second day we did swimming, snorkeling and prepared for the border to Costa Rica. At late afternoon Peppi rented a surfboard and tried to catch some waves. He had not many luck and maybe next time he wants to take a surf lesson for refreshing the necessary skills.
We had only a few days in Nicaragua, but we were surprised how great it was. It was cheap, the people were friendly, nature is awesome, food was good and it is not so crowded of tourists yet. We smuggled calf meat to Costa Rica and we prepared the best steaks EVER. Of course we were a bit sad that we had to go. But Peppi was also looking forward to his girlfriend Kathi, which will arrive in a few days at San Jóse for visiting him. Nicaragua is really worth it to come back one day.