Last night in Granada

Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
Trip End Apr 19, 2008

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Today we did a tour of the nearby Volcan Masaya, the craft market in Masaya town and a couple of the Pueblo Blancos (White Towns) up on the rim of Laguna de Apoyo.

The volcano part was pretty interesting. Volcano Masaya has 5 separate craters, formed in different erruptions over the years, with one of them still being active (and smoking a huge amount). The visitor centre in the park has huge amounts of information about volcanology which is really informative, plus details of all the major national parks in Nicaragua & the wildlife that can be seen there. Well worth a visit.

The craft market in Masaya town was cool too. We picked up the obligatory t-shirts and Kristina got a pair of handmade leather sandels for the princely sum of $5. It didn't feel right to try and bargain.

The White Towns got their name years ago in the time of the witch doctors. There were many in this area and to make it easier for folk to find them, they painted their houses white.

Catarina, the first one we visited has a great lookout over Laguna de Apoyo, so we got to see that from a different angle. The second town, San Juan del Oriente is well known for it's ceramic industry. Had a really interesting tour of a ceramic "factory"/school. The owner showed us all the steps involved and just how much work goes into it - including dancing on the raw clay for 3 1/2 hours to soften it (he just did a short demo obviously), and then using a foot powered wheel to mould the clay. And then after all that he proceeded to sell us two small, beautiful vases for $5. Unreal.

Last night in Nicaragua tonight. Tomorrow we jump on an early bus and head back down to San Jose for the last time...
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