26.07.2009 - 27.07.2009
The morning of the 26th we got up at 5am for the first local bus to the highway at 6am. The bus picked us up from the center of town and drove for 2 hours to the closest highway. There we jumped off the bus with all our stuff. When the realisation dawned that we were really just standing on some random roadside in Costa Rica with all our bags waiting for a bus that we hoped would stop it was a nervous 20 minutes wait..
The Tica bus did pick us up and it took 4 hours to get to the border, once we got our exit stamps for Costa Rica and our entry stamps for Nicaragua we headed to Granada. Where we got off the bus in Granada gave a bad first impression there were mangy stray dogs walking the streets and all the buildings looked old and dishevelled, we had accommodation booked at the Monkey Hut 30 minutes outside town at Laguna de Apoyo.
We jumped in a taxi stopped off at the supermarket on the way and grabbed some food for our stay at the lake, after we hit the supermarket we started to hit massive crowds some with masks covering their faces! we then started seeing loads of policeman in full body armour, some with combat shot guns and others with MP5's and AK47's! It turned out there was a massive baseball game on (which Granada won) we didnt know this at the time it just looked like a riot.
- The Monkey Hut (Laguna de Apoyo) - http://www.thebeardedmonkey.com/monkeyhut.htm
The Monkey hut was expensive for Nicaragua at $28 for a double room, but bunking up with Joe cut costs! Laguna de Apoyo was an amazing place and definitely recommended, even if its just a day trip from the Bearded Monkey in Granada. The Monkey Hut backs onto the lake and has a floating pontoon about 20 metres out from the shore, there were canoes and rubber rings free to use and we wasted hours floating around.
- Free stuff
- Me in a canoe (i don't know what the face is for)
There wasn't much to do at the lake the first night we stayed and it was pretty quiet, but loads more people came the next day so that night there was a lot of rum flowing (Flor De Cana - we were now at the home of the worlds best rum).