A 12 hour bus ride from San Salvador, accross Honduras and into Nicaragua left us at the capital Managua.  There is a four-country visa stamp for Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.  This cannot be renewed at borders between the countries (as we found out to our detriment) but they still manage to levy a fee to enter and exit each country!  Mmmm.

A smooth transfer in an agressively driven taxi later and we found ourselves on an express bus to Granada, the colonial gem of Nicaragua.

After a short hot trot around the town, we settled into Hostal La Libertad, into a big breezy room. A breeze is very welcome in this climate, the heat in Granada is definitely not dry. 

We wound up spending 4 days in Granada, due to a combination of both of us being sick and a desire to be in one place for more than a couple of days.  We bumped into Katie and Joe again, the Australian couple we spent a few days with in Semuc Champey, Guatemala.  The coincidences of the Gringo trail again…

 

with Katie and Joe in Granada

 La Merced Bell Tower

Granada is the oldest colonial town in Central America, and has lovely colourful old buildings, elegant churches and a pedestrian boulevard.  This boulevard has street lights not unlike Antigua in Guatemala, but here they are not sponsored by Coca Cola.  A cafe in a beautifully restored colonial building, complete with courtyard and fountain, served up great coffee and salads with lettuce that didn´t taste gritty.  It became our favoured spot naturally!  Granada has the feel of a town about to get a lot of tourists, but they just haven´t arrived yet.  All the better for our visit. 

The signs of poverty are there too unfortunately, in a different way to the other Central American countries we have visited.  Here we encountered more beggars than anywhere else.  Nicaragua has a long way to go to equality for all, there is a very small rich elite at the top and not much left over for everyone else. 

  Someone actually lives here 

No money versus…lots of money – a family lives in this house on the left

Political posters everywhere speak of a new future – more democracy means more power, and looking to raise the hopes of the poor of the world. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other images of Granada below!

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