Colonial towns. Lakes. Volcanoes. Photogenic colonial towns, lakes & volcanoes even. So far I’ve had them all in Nicaragua. All that was missing was a beach and for a country with both Caribbean & Pacific coasts that’s a pretty big omission. So, I decided to spend my last two nights in the country in the Pacific town of San Juan Del Sur, not too far from the border with Costa Rica, my next stop.
The Missing Ingredient
As nice and laid-back as San Juan is, there is something missing. My guidebook bills the town as a
OK, let’s see.
— davidMbyrne.com (@ByrneDavidM) June 22, 2013
Tonight is my second night here in San Juan del Sur, my ninth & last in Nicaragua. Tomorrow I’ll cross over into Costa Rica, the so-called Switzerland of Central America (no warring past, adverse poverty or illiteracy there I hear). Unlike Honduras before it, Nicaragua will be a hard act to follow. A very hard act to follow. The Land of Lakes & Volcanoes has been a real treat.
In the last nine days I’ve pointed my camera at more beautiful churches than I care to remember; I’ve felt the earth move; I’ve seen a few gamecocks fight to the death; I’ve spent two quiet nights away from pretty much everything, except my thoughts, on the slopes of a volcano in the middle of Central America’s largest lake; & when all is said and done I’ll have spent two nights wondering who has stolen all the sand off Nicaragua’s most famous beach. It has been eventful. It has been photogenic. Muy photogenic.
Admittedly I saw only a small portion of Central America’s biggest country, but the route through the regions that I did visit – the volcanic, colonial northwest & the southwest – offered up a lot in the limited time I had in the country, and certainly enough to make Nicaragua my favourite Central American country thus far & one that’s unlikely to be topped.