My Last Days In Nicaragua

It has been an incredible opportunity, these last two months, to return to Nicaragua and explore more of this amazing country. During this time I was able to visit: San Juan del Sur, a tranquil beach town. Granada, a beautiful city on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. Masaya, the center of Nicaraguan folklore. Managua, the hot capital. And finally Ometepe, the island paradise that I immediately fell in love with. This is where I ended my trip to Nicaragua, and I couldn’t have picked a more perfect spot.

To get to Ometepe, you must first make your way to Rivas where you can take a ferry across the fresh waters of Lake Nicaragua. This boat ride is quick and has some impressive views of Ometepe in the distance. Once I got to the island, I rented a scooter and set off along the single road that goes around the entire perimeter of the island. This moment seemed almost surreal. The sun was coming through the trees, warming my back. The wind was flowing through my hair. In the distance, Volcán Concepción loomed high into the clouds. It was as if I was dreaming.

I spent several days on the island, and was able to enjoy several of the popular tourist attractions there. I visited El Ojo de Agua, a swimming hole with mineral water that is said to cure illness. The enormous amount of bug bites I sustained while on the island did not disappear, so I think the healing properties of the water were taking the day off. I also visited several beaches and enjoyed plenty of good food such as fresh fried fish, tostones, and gallo pinto. When it finally came time to leave the island, I was happy for the experience I had, but also sad for the wonderful things I had missed.

Returning to the mainland I realized that soon I would be leaving Nicaragua, and yet I had only explored a small portion of what Nicaragua has to offer. The northern cities of Nicaragua are still a mystery to me, as well as the sunny shores of its Caribbean coast.

This is something I’ve thought about a lot. How to determine what is worth visiting and what isn’t. In some cases, the decision is easy, but with Nicaragua, the decision became a lot more difficult. I wanted to visit everything. But the truth is, no matter how much time you spend visiting a country, there will always be more to see and explore. You can never see everything in just one trip.

And yet, that is something that gives me hope. It makes me excited for the future and makes me look forward to more trips to Nicaragua. I hope to soon return to visit the north and the coast. I hope to continue to discover new and wonderful places in my beautiful Nicaragua.

As this chapter now ends, a new one is just beginning. I look forward to discovering it with you.

- Zach

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