13 Jun

TWO ISLANDS – LITTLE CORN AND OMETEPE

IMG_0914The Corn Islands are two islands on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua.  I had heard lots of good things about Little Corn Island and any place with a beach always appeals to me.  I flew from Managu as I had heard horror stories of the overland trip to Bluefields, then a very long rough boat ride.  Flight goes to Big Corn Island and from there you take a panga to Little Corn.  The island was much bigger than I expected and the beaches were small and isolated.  It was a funky place to spend a few days.  I went fishing with a young couple from Canada, captain was impressed I knew how to bottom fish and I caught quite a few.  Back In Managua I took a bus to Granada – that city deserves its own post – and then to an island in a lake.IMG_0927IMG_1083

The island of Ometepe is formed from two volcanos.  It was too bad its rainy season, so the tops were always cloud covered.  I took a boat that cost $. 40 for a ride lasting more than an hour.  As you boarded you had to print your name, age, and nationality.  I know it was so they could identify the bodies when this thing sank.  It was the perfect example of the boats you see on the news “Marine Disaster  – hundreds killed”.  There were not enough seats, so I had to stand.  I felt something crawling up my leg – big cockroach!  The village here was nice and small, and I took a bus around the volcano to the village on the other side.  The countryside is lush and green.  Big cattle farms with healthy looking cattle and horses.  I bought a whole watermelon for 40 cents – and it was so good.

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