Saturday, December 28, 2013

Nicaragua - Ometepe Island

On Christmas Day, we took a ferry across to Ometepe Island - a double-volcanoed island off the western coast of the giant Lake Cocibolca (aka Lake Nicaragua).  Amelia and Soren loved the festive decorations, as well as a wonderful sunset and the views of the two volcanoes (one active and the other long dormant).  To Soren's delight, our hotel (Finca San Juan) was located in the middle of an enormous plantain plantation, and the food (including plantains) was the best of our trip.  The next day, we enjoyed a tour of the island, including a visit to the museum of pre-Columbian art, a walk around Chaco Verde lagoon, lunch near Santo Domingo beach, a hike to some petroglyphs and a refreshing swim in the beautiful Ojo de Agua natural swimming hole.  Our guide Luis was a wonderful resource, and the kids were amazed at his knowledge of the various birds, insects and snakes that we came across on our tour.  Amelia and Soren enjoyed playing with Ella, a little girl they met at the hotel, and Amelia spent much of her time in the van, and at the hotel, and everywhere in between, reading her new favorite books - the Ramona series - on Mommy's Kindle.

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