Today was our last day in Niquaragua. Now every one has had a good time. But we are starting to drop like flies. Many of us are getting sick with one thing or another as I am sure you can imagine. But it is all different severities. The bride is an infectious disease Dr. and did bring an assortment of antibiotics to help but not all seem to be effective. But as they say the show must go on!
The tour guide we had on day 7 returned to pick us up at 9 am ish. At his point our group was showing signs of wear and tear from being on the to for almost a week. Of about 12 people in our group still in town 7 went on the boat tour this morning. The boat tour consisted of seeing a small number of the 365 islands in the western part of the country. Now our tour guide showed us what he called the “hillbilly” part which were mainly fisherman that sold fish and were very poor. Then we moved to the “Beverly Hills” sections which were not even 50 yards away but had homes with more luxury then many home in the real Beverly Hills but for a fraction of the cost.
As part of the tour, we stopped in the local village to get a closer look at how they lived. Many of the people as you might think lived in small shacks and did not have doors. They were all friendly and welcoming. I actually felt safer there then I do in some areas of downtown Kansas City. The houses did have electricity but it was used only for the tv’s and they all had satellite dishes. Our guide told us it was to help distract them from their everyday lives which makes sense. Now some of the villagers did come talk to us and showed us the inside of their house. Before we got on our boat we had coconut water out of a coconut. After we finished drinking, the villager that sold us the drinks used a machete to cut them into quarters to take to the next place. Our tour guide donates 15% of his profits every year to the island and buys second hand clothes and toys for them. Which is pretty cool.
The next place we went was called monkey island. It is a small island that has 4 howler monkeys on them. We threw the coconuts on to the rocky shore of the island so the monkeys had food. There was more then enough coconuts to go around so they did not have to fight over them. One of the monkeys was hanging upside down by his tail while eating it.
We then went to another fort in the area. It was built in the 17th century if I remember correctly. I was a little distracted with my camera at the time. It was used to keep pirates from attacking the city. They had areas to shoot canons off. It was neat but not as big as the other fort from day 7.
After we left the fort we headed back to the hotel to pick up the rest of the group so we could get lunch. Then our guide came back to pick us up around 2. The second part of the tour consisted of a city tour. About half of the tour was walking and other half was with horse drawn carriages. This part of the trip we took in a lot of information especially the churches.
The first place we went to was the San Francisco church. Now according to the all the guides we have had about 80 – 90% of the country is catholic since they were occupied by the Spanish for so long. There was a museum inside of the church that had more local history and Petra cliffs and bowls. From there we moved to the carriage rides to go from place to place.
The next stop was the cigar shop where we got to watch them roll the cigars. This is the same place the governator, Arnold Schwazenegger, buys his cigars and evan has one named after him. The size of that cigar is very odd. I should have taken a picture of it to prove it, but they are available for the general public to buy.
We did a drive by viewing of a few places but they were closed so we stayed in the carriage so I am not going to detail about those places.