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NICARAGUA


Location - Central America; Capital - Managua; Population - 6 million; Currency - Cordoba

A surprise package for me was Nicaragua, with its lovely island and beach getaways, volcanoes and picturesque colonial cities - October 2001.

 

nicanoteThe Nicaraguan Cordoba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica1Locals celebrating the patron saint of Leon, San Jeronimo, outside Leon's cathedral

 

 

nica3A parade through the streets of Leon

 

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nica5Sandinista campaign for the 2001 national elections in Leon - Daniel Ortega for President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica616th/17th century ruins of Leon Viejo with Momotombo volcano in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica7The bubbling mud pools at San Jacinto

 

 

nica8San Jacinto bubbling mud pools

 

 

nica9Posing in the sweaty San Jacinto hot springs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica12The birthplace of Carlos Fonseca, founder of the Sandinistas (FSLN), Matagalpa. The Sandinistas overthrew the Somoza regime in 1979

 

 

nica13The sign says 'Carlos Fonseca - your work is immortal' - Matagalpa

 

 

nica14PLC campaign for the 2001 elections in Matagalpa.
Presidential candidate Enrique Bolanos was dancing on stage - despite this (or because of it) he won the Presidency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica15War murals in Jinotega, a Sandinista stronghold

 

 

nica16Masaya volcano overlooking Masaya lagoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It's possible to drive all the way to Masaya volcano - these 2 photos don't quite fit together but you get an idea of the scene

 

 

nica19Masaya volcano - there had been a lot of landslides due to volcanic activity and certain areas were off limits (allegedly)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica20Waiting for Sandinista Presidential candidate Daniel Ortega to deliver a speech in Masaya.

Daniel Ortega was one of Ronald Reagan's arch enemies when the US discovered that he was arming rebels in El Salvador and collaborating with Cuba.

The US funded the Contras in their fight against the Sandinista government.
The Iran-Contra affair was later exposed. Daniel Ortega ran an unsuccessful FSLN (aka the Sandinistas) campaign for President in 2001.
In 2006 he tried again, and won.

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nica21After several hours Daniel Ortega arrived. He's to the left of the flag in front of the El Gallo sign, honest! Masaya

 

 

nica22The tomb of Carlos Fonseca in the Plaza de la Republica, Managua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica23The earthquake damaged old cathedral in the Plaza de la Republica, Managua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica24Monument in Managua

 

 

nica25Managua's Presidential Palace

 

 

nica26Tiscapa lake, a volcanic crater lake in central Managua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica27On the boat down the Escondido river to Bluefields

 

 

nica28The Caribbean town of Bluefields

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Between Masaya and Granada is Apoyo lagoon

 

 

nica34Granada's colonial buildings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica36You may have noticed that Central America has plenty of volcanoes - this is Mombacho volcano as seen from Parque Colon, Granada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica38Parque Colon in the picturesque city of Granada

 

 

nica41Sunset over Lake Nicaragua from Moyagalpa on the beautiful Isla Ometepe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica43Madera volcano as seen from Magdalena, Isla Ometepe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica44Island life in Magdalena, Isla Ometepe, with Concepcion volcano behind

 

 

nica45Concepcion volcano and Lake Nicaragua from Finca Magdalena, Isla Ometepe

 

 

nica46Concepcion volcano, Isla Ometepe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica49The forest trail on the slopes of Madera volcano, Isla Ometepe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica48An ancient petroglyph inscribed by the Chorotega Indians, near Finca Magdalena, Isla Ometepe

 

 

nica51Rural life in Magdalena, Isla Ometepe

 

 

nica52The sun sets on Isla Ometepe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica54Lazing around on Santo Domingo beach, Isla Ometepe

 

 

nica55Santo Domingo beach - it's a pity it's full of sandflies - Isla Ometepe

 

 

nica58The beach and Pacific Ocean at San Juan del Sur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nica59Darren and Sarah at Bahia Majagual. We shared the area with toads, monkeys, snakes and the occasional scorpion

 

 

nica60Bahia Majagual's Pacific beach

 

 

nica61Another sunset, this time at Bahia Majagual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.innicaraguaguide.com

www.vacationsnicaragua.com

www.visit-nicaragua.com - in Spanish only

 

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