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Nicaragua Throw Back Part 3

View from the top of Iglesia De La Merced. The Iglesia of Guadalupe was used as a fortress by William Walker in 1856, when the American filibuster was being driven out of the country after invading and placing himself as president a year earlier. The interior of the church features a stained glass dedication to the Virgin of Guadalupe and rows of Corinthian columns. 1

USEOS Y GALERIAS DE NICARAGUA

View of Catedral De Granada. Originaly built in 1583, and destroyed in the 19th century, only to be rebuilt again in the early 20th century. The interior of the church features three naves and four chapels and extensive stained glass windows. 1

Concepcion and Madera in the background.  Great place to visit. Both located in one of the largest fresh water lakes in Central America. If I remember this was on top of León Cathedral. 

León Cathedral 

The cemetary close to the churches.

Funeral Persesion

St. John of Gods Hospital. Currently, it is abandoned and they have one guard out front at all times.  Currently considered a historic landmark.  Very beautiful building.

Islands around the area.  We got to get off the boat and visit with some locals.  All the people were very friendly.  The islands we would stop on were poor.  The people were living in shanties with what looked like whatever they could find to build a house.  The island next to it may have a multimillion dollar house on it with pools and helicopter pad.  A couple of the neighboring houses had been featured in house hunters international.

The San Pablo Fort

Cathedral De Granada

This is across from the Catherdal De Granada in the square.

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Local art/history museum in Leon. Very pretty on the inside.  Lots of colorful art.  

Additional information:

1. USA Today

Nicaragua Throw Back part 2

Laguna de Apoyo or crater lake. There is not much nearby the lake.  There is a small entrance that has a bathroom for changing and I think you can buy some basic chips and sodas there.  While we were there they were in the process of building small cabins to rent.  They were no where near being completed any time soon.  I am sure at this point they are probably completed. At least I would think so it has been about three years since we were there. 

Masaya Volcano. The walk up the side. You can see the brown volcanic deposits left by the lava.

The next few pictures are on the top.  Our guide said this is what they think Mars will look like on the surface.  It has lots of methane and other gases.  We were only allowed to stay up there for maybe 5-10 minutes before we might be affected by the gasses.

The trail up the side.

Up the trail.

The next two photos are in the parking lot. They have the wall there so people do not fall in.  You are able to lean over and see lava at certain times.

Beach Front

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua is a top surfing destination. Which is almost surprising because of the fact that it is almost remote and time consuming to get to some of these beaches. Once you are in the town it’s not hard to get there but to get the air port to the town is an adventure. Many if the public beaches are dirty with trash and suit from the surrounding area. Once you get to parts of the beaches that are further away from actual buildings they are beitiful. The waves are constant and have a strong undertow. They are strong enough to pull someone off the beach if you are not careful. So watch/hold the children.

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Storm and Sunsets: San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Nicaragua may be a third world country but has a beitiful scenery. It is a great place to relax at a resort and take in the local culture. Resorts can be pricy but well worth it if you are going down there. Of course to get there it’s usually a 3 – 4 hour drive but well worth the wait.

P.S. Don’t drink the water. Drink bottles of water to stay hydrated.

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El Ceibo Museum

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The El Ceibo museum is a small museum on Ometepe island, Nicaragua which is located in Lake Nicaragua. This Museum is one of the big attractions for the area and well worth it. All the artifacts are broken up by time period and where they were found. Many if not all the artifacts were in amazing condition and very colorful. All the signs are in English so they are easy to read and if you are part of a tour group they have people to give you a tour. This museum was better maintained then some museums in the United States which was very surprising and all the staff were very knolwedgable.

You will have to take a boat to get there and the island is in one of the largest fresh water lakes in the Americas. The islands are there because of the two volcanoes that helped make the island. The volcano names are Concepción and Maderas volcano.

Coyotepe Fortress Part 3

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