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Jan 26, 2019 - Jan 26 Corinto, Nicaragua

Saturday, January 26 Today was our visit to Nicaragua. They are trying to build up the tourism industry, and there was quite a welcoming committee on the dock—musicians, dancers and children to greet us. We headed for our tour and saw that there was a big 40 passenger bus, and a smaller second bus. We went for the smaller bus and had a much more comfortable ride. Our guide, Julio, was very informative and personable. It is clear Nicaragua is not as well off as Costa Rica, but they are trying. We did encounter a few kids begging (holding up...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Jan 1, 2011 - New Year at Jiquilillo

After a couple more days relaxing on Ometepe it was time to move on. We caught a ferry back to the mainland, and then buses north to Leon another old colonial town, similar to Granada but more faded and crumbling. We spent a couple of days exploring the city, and then headed out to the beach for New Year's Eve. We found an amazing place called Rancho Esperanza, in Jiquilillo (pronounced Hickalee-o). This is a village of around 125 families, most of whom earn their living by fishing. The coastline is drop dead gorgeous (6km of deserted sandy...

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Ruddles' Travels

Jan 26, 2009 - Esteli, Nicaragua to Choluteca, Honduras

After a good breakfast we left Esteli a little behind schedule but still expected to make the border by about 11:00 AM or so. We did not want to arrive too late as last time we entered Honduras it was a nightmare and took at least 2 hours. The ride to the border was very nice as the temperature was not too hot and the traffic light. At the Nicaraguan border station there were no other travelers and no trucks lined up. We pulled up, parked and walked over to the Aduana official who was sitting in the shade. He looked over our motorcycle...

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Dec 29, 2008 - Tamarindo, El Salvador to Choluteca, Honduras

We were awaked by a knock on the door at 6:45 AM. It was the maid and she quickly rattled off something in Spanish (or what ever language they are speaking here). Who knows what she said but we concluded this must be another “check out by 8:00 AM places”. This is just as well since we are very anxious to get out of El Salvador anyway. We loaded the bike, waited 20 minutes to get a cup of coffee and left the hotel by 8:00 AM. We were only an hour or so from the Honduran border. Checking out of El Salvador was pretty simple. A temporary exit...

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Dec 28, 2008 - La Libertad to Tamarindo, El Salvador

I happened to wake up last night about 2:30 AM and stepped outside to get some air. It was pitch black outside except for a single streetlight that shone over the fence onto the bike. The night watchman we were assured was on duty all night was fast asleep in a hammock. The scene did not instill confidence in the security for the motorcycle. I ended up having a fairly sleepless night, getting up and looking out at every noise outside. I mentioned yesterday that the people seem pretty aggressive, at least in the sense of trying to sell us a...

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Dec 26, 2008 - León

Dec 26, 2008 Hey all, Well we are not in Leon. I don{t even know where that is. However, I can{t prononce the city we are in. So forget about me spelling it. All I can tell you that we are in the capital of Hondouras. We spent a full day travelling and now we are not aloud to wonder the streets. Well at least it is not recomended. This is one of the most poorest place to be in so I am happy to say that this place is just a stop over. That{s all for this entry. Adios.

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Dec 17, 2008 - Managua to Chinandega, Nicaragua

Our final goal was Chinandega, Nicaragua. We are planning on living in this community, which is northwest of the capital city of Managua. It has a population of 441,000, and offers several large supermarkets. This will be a plus for us after living for 6 years in Santani, Paraguay. However, Chinandega is considered the hottest part of Nicaragua. When we were there on Sunday, 12/14, it was about 75 degrees. They told us "welcome to winter, this is as cold as it gets"! We, again, felt right at home as we saw chickens in the road, trucks...

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Jan 11, 2008 - Chicken Buses

Today was our craziest travel day yet! I think we were on the road for 12 hours...this includes a taxi ride and 5 different buses (3 of which were¨chicken buses¨)...let me take a moment to describe the chicken buses in Honduras and Nicaragua. Our group decided that we all prefered not to upgrade our bus to a private one, but rather that we wanted to ride with the locals and get the full experience (...in walks... the chicken bus). These buses are great fun and absolute chaos all at once. They look just like American yellow school buses,...

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Jan 11, 2008 - Rest of Nicaragua

Sooooooooooooo.... I agree, the old work ethic is starting to lack somewhat. Over a month now since i've added anything onto this site, and am now writting about stuff i did near 2 months ago............. Shame on me, then again i haven't worked now in over 14 months so it's no wonder i'm starting to get a poor 'work'habbit is it???????? Now where was I, o yes, well to sumarise, for the rest of Nicaragua I, • Went from Isla Omnotepe to Granada, to Managua (see below), to Leon, the beach near leon, back to leon, back to Managua then outta...

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Jan 4, 2008 - León

Weinig gedaan in de ochtend... Lekker rondgehangen in het hotel. Beetje rondgedwaald buiten en naar de supermarkt geweest. Voor 's middags stond er een city tour op het programma. Erg veel geschiedenis in Leon, dus leek ons wel zo leuk om het met een gids te doen. In León bevindt zich onder meer de Kathedraal van León die op de werelderfgoedlijst staat van UNESCO. Ook de ruïnes van de oude stad, León Viejo (oud León) maken deel uit van de werelderfgoedlijst van UNESCO. Deze ruïnes kwamen pas in 1967 opnieuw onder de aandacht toen ze werden...

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Dec 9, 2007 - Isla Utila y León

I have a few minutes before I have to catch a bus and thought I would drop you all a line and let you know how the trip goes... The last week has been absolutely amazing!!! Gratefully, I was able to retrieve my bag and the next day, we left Guatemala and headed to spend a few days lounging in the Bay Islands on Isla Utila. It's quite the hustler's paradise and apparently very easy to get waylaid... Almost everyone we talked to said that they came with the intention of staying a few days and just never left. We even changed our plans to add...

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Viaje del Volcán

Jul 13, 2007 - León

Leon so far has been really fun and also a needed respite from constant craziness. We got here on a private, AIR CONDITIONED bus that took us straight to the hotel 'Los Balcones.' So far it is the nicest place we have stayed- very pretty rustic dark wood furnishings and lots of balconies and places to sit and relax(hence the name). We have a shower sans bugs and also not ice cold water(though it did turn off and on yesterday three times while we were trying to get clean!). In the afternoon, we found a lady who does salsa classes out of her...

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