We worked most of the time we were in Nicaragua. But we left a couple of hours early on our last full day in the office and headed out to do a few tourist activities. We were in Tipitapa (where the factory was located) and we headed to Mombacho Volcano Natural Park. Mombacho is an extinct volcano that is now overgrown with vegetation, 50 species of mammals, 174 species of birds, 30 of reptiles and 750 species of flora. In order to reach to top of Mombacho, you had to have a 4x4 vehicle (we were in a Jeep) and they even checked to make sure that we had enough fuel! It was a challenging climb up to the top, at times the road was at least 45 degrees. On the way up we heard monkeys (unfortunately, didn't see any), saw lots of butterflies, flowers and birds, as well as some coffee plantations. The view from the top was amazing! These pictures do not do the view justice. It was cool and breezy (a welcome change from the 100 degree heat!) and you could see Granada and Lake Nicaragua from the top.
This is what got us to the top of the volcano!
Peering into the volcano.
On the way down, we stopped at a local coffee plantation's shop for some coffee. I'm saving my purchase for my coffee loving mom and her husband, but it smells amazing! After we surpassed the difficult terrain, it started to get dark. It was impossible to take pictures of this, but the fireflies started to appear. There were millions in the fields! I can't even express how beautiful it was. I have always loved and been mesmerized by fireflies and seeing this many in one place, is something I will never forget! Simply magical.
A Nicaraguan sunset.From Mombacho, we headed to Granada. (About 10 km away.) Unfortunately, it was at night time and rather dark, but I could still see how charming this town was! It's the oldest european-founded city in Central America (founded in 1524) and the 2nd oldest city in Central America! We visited the Cathedral of Granada. It was a night, so I only have pictures of the inside, it was so beautiful! I love color and this church had a lot of it.
Beautiful tile floor.
After visiting the church, we stopped for a quick dinner before heading back to Managua. We had an early flight in the morning. Here are a few pictures of the street, around the square.
I read about Nicaragua before traveling there. I read that it was a frustrating, bewildering and most difficult to navigate location in Central America. While that may be true, it was so much more than that. Beautiful landscapes, beatiful people. This is what I will remember.