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Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
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Trip End Jul 15, 2013


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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

After must deliberation we decided to take a tour today to reserva natural volcan mombacho. We are not keen on tours and anything quoted in american dollars generally means you are paying over the odds. However the bus from the entrance to the park up the volcano only went at 8 and 9am and we would have to get there first! I didn't fancy the hike up in this heat.

There were 4 canadians from Quebec who spoke in french and a lad from saltlake city who had come without his pregnant girlfriend who had planned on coming but events over took her. We drove up a super steep road to the top via some coffee tasting and followed some walking trails up there. We really wanted to see a sloth, but no luck there. They are pretty hard to spot as they never move. Apparently a real highlight is if you catch them on one of their twice weekly poo pilgrimages. They crawl all the way down from their tree in slowmo, dig a hole, do their stuff and them slowly cover it. (They are very well mannered) Then it is back up the tree.

We did see the salamander endemic to the volcano, some butterflies and orchids. Also a screech owl stood like a statue in a tree. The views were great over lake Granada, lake Apoyo and the cities of Granada and Masaya.

The others returned to Granada whilst we did our zip lining. It was fun but different from go ape as it was just zip lines. We needed thick gloves to breal as mostly we went from platform to platform. We tried some tricks, I did manage the monkey, really. But it had turned into the sloth by the time the photo was taken. We did it with a very gunho columbian who went first. The last wire was the worst and best as we were boinged all the way.

Back to Granada where we relaxed before going to the swish garden cafe for dinner. This hostel is incredibly loud, fortunately it is James Brown on full blast. It could be a lot worse!
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