Day 293: Healthy water lagoon

Apoyo Lagoon is Nicaragua’s largest crater lake whose name comes from the indigenous words which mean “healthy water”. It’s clean, warm, crystal clear, and at points across the 48 square kilometer surface area can reach depths up to 200 meters. The crater was formed thousands of years ago after a strong volcanic explosion left a…

Day 292: The Spotted Rooster

Served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and eaten by most “Nicas” and “Ticos”, gallo pinto is a hearty, healthy, and filling dish.  Red beans mixed in with white rice are the cause of the speckled plate’s creative yet literal name.  Depending on the time of day or taste of the cook, some dishes may contain…

Day 291: “Mother of our islands”

Just 10 kilometers south of Granada, the towering and menacingly named Mombacho Volcano is an ever-present landmark that guards the city.  The super inclined slopes are full of vegetation and wildlife biodiversity which gradually changes as the altitude increases.  We opted to forgo the steep and tiring 2 hour walk up to the station at…

Day 290: La Gran Sultana

Nature and history are the prominent elements in and around the colonial city of Granada.  The oldest city in the country sits on the shores of Lake Nicaragua and is just a short distance away from two volcanoes.  It is one of the most important and visited destinations in Nicaragua due to its colorful colonial…

Day 289: All aboard

The “chicken bus” is a colorful, decked out old school bus that is the quintessential form of transportation in Central America.  The giant vehicles move people, goods, and animals (chickens…) along thousands of routes between villages, towns, and cities within the compact region.  Usually the cheapest option for traveling any distance, the old buses are…