Granada, Nicaragua: what a beautiful surprise

From Léon – which we very much liked – we moved on to Granada, another beautiful colonial town. And boy, is it nice. The right mixture of colonial architecture, facilities and Nicaraguan life. We do like some tourist facilities as with three kids in tow it means that life is just that little bit easier. Our stay was also helped by finding an excellent hostel that had great facilities including lots of areas to sit down and….a swimming pool. Definitely helps with keeping the kids entertained and cool and it made for a very pleasant stay in Oasis Hostel.

Hotel Oasis, Granada, Nicaragua. Plenty of outside space to chill!

Hotel Oasis, Granada, Nicaragua. Plenty of outside space to chill!

Whilst in Granada, we took a horse carriage ride – I know very ‘touristy’ but the kids love it. Besides we are tourist anyway. On another day, we walked to lake Nicaragua and took a boat trip around Les Isletas, a group of 365 islands created when Volcano Momboya erupted a few thousand years ago. They are beautiful little islands with private houses on them and one of them has four monkeys on it. Apparently put there by a private owner of the Island.

Waiting for our boat trip around the Islands. Lake Nicaragua.

Waiting for our boat trip around the Islands. Lake Nicaragua.

We also took a trip by ‘chicken bus’ to Masaya, about an hour away from Granada. They have a huge market there with foods, goods and artworks. It was a great market but a bit of an overload on the nose at times. Particularly the meat section was pretty smelly, have you ever smelt warm raw meat? It is not very nice. And that was combined with people dumping their rubbish everywhere – I mean they just fling it out of the windows of the bus – right next to the ‘keep Masay clean’ signs. I am sure you get the picture. It was very interesting and a great day out, nonetheless.

All aboard the chicken bus. They are all old school buses from the USA.

All aboard the chicken bus. They are all old school buses from the USA.

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