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Today we caught a chicken bus from the market area to go to Rivas where we could then get the ferry to OMETEPE. We arrived just as the bus was nearly full and only got single seats on our own. During the journey I had a bit of a embarrassing moment where I was sat next to a lady openly breast feeding her young daughter and everything was out on show. Whilst at the same time a large breasted women had to stand up in the aisle. She chose to stand extremely close to me, with her chest nearly in my face. I honestly did not know where to look!

We got the small ferry to OMETEPE and walked up to our nice little homely hostel called Casa Mauro. That afternoon we booked up with someone from the hostel a Quad bike for the next day so we could explore the island. We had a cheap lunch at a local restaurant and met a lone traveller from Liverpool. That evening we cooked up stir fry noodles and veg in the communal kitchen.

The next day we woke early and at 8am our quad bike arrived. After a very quick show and tell we hopped on with our backpacks clipped to the front and back we zoomed off along the one main road going around the Island. Our first stop was a look out point Jesus de Maria where a sand bar juts out into the lake. We quickly checked it out as later we would be coming back to watch the sunset.

Next we sped up to the Cerro Negro national park where we paid $3 each to get in. Firstly we walked around a tropical butterfly garden and then walked on a trail through the forest. After 30 minutes we arrived at a sandy beach on the lake and went in for a refreshing swim. We then walked back to the main entrance. As we walked back we could hear howler monkeys sounding off in the trees and we followed the sound and saw one just hanging in a random tree.

At lunch time we stopped at Santa Domingo and had a lunch of hummus, pitta and veggie sandwich. The table was overlooking the lakeside beach.
Very nice indeed!

In the afternoon, we zoomed off on the Quad after seeing a gigantic dead tod in the road. Our next stop was the natural spring pool situated a few km's off the main road down a dusty bumpy track. Most people were walking from the main road. Not us we flew by on the quad bike and parking upon the car park. We paid about $12 dollars to enter the pool and it was set half in the shade of the trees and half in the bright sun. We stayed there for about 45 minutes refreshing ourselves in the cool and clear water.

After this we stopped off at a church in a town and found some very interesting statue heads. We then found it difficult to locate the main road and had to ask several people in my broken Spanish the way to San Marcos. Eventually we found the road which was more of a dirt track and zoomed off through more remote villages passing farmland and Cowboys herding them along the road.

In the evening we went back to Jesus Maria. Beach where we both enjoyed a large bag of crisps and a cold refreshing beer whilst watching the magical sunset across the lake and volcano.

The next day we kept the Quad bike and set off again to the other side of the island.We went straight to Santa Domingo where we strolled across the isolated beach and ended back at the same veggie place where we stopped for some green smoothies. We headed around the less travelled section off the island where the roads became rocky and impassable for normal vehicles. We thoroughly enjoyed the amazing views of Banana plantations, flower gardens, awkward looks from locals as we hummed passed in our bright red quad bike. We made a quick pit stop at Merida Hostel where we tucked into some amazing burgers.

After driving for a few hours alon these remote roads we stopped off at FINCA Magdalene where we stocked up on water and some of their lush coffee.

We finished the day off by stopping back at the isolated beach and cooling off in the extremely shallow waters as the sun was coming down.

An extremely lush and amazing way to see the Island. This will definitely stay with us for years to come.

Posted by Markandmel2016 16:52 Archived in Nicaragua

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