On Friday morning on the carpark I noted that I had a puncture of the left tire, Mala pata. I reflated it and I sought on the way a shop to repair it, it was 7:00, too early. This hitch delayed me for the border crossing where I arrived around 11:00, rush hour. Consequently I took the help of a person to do the work papers of two countries, HN & NI, cost US$20. The procedures lasted two hours mainly to do the queue. In Honduras nothing to pay for immigration and the customs to return the license to circulate. In Nicaragua the various costs were: fumigation of the vehicle US$3, immigration US$12, compulsory insurance US$12 and municipal tax at the entrance of country US$1. No photocopy of the documents is required, they are scan by a very slow machine. The vehicle was not visited by the customs. I was on the road again around 13:00 to go to bivouac at the edge of the Lake Managua in Puerto Momotombo at the bottom of eponymous volcano. The spectacle was sublime. The night was peaceful and in the small hour the spectacle of the villagers at the edge of the lake was very interesting.
On Saturday, November 7th I left with regret the Momotombo volcano to go to Laguna Xiloa where I arrived little before midday. A music of nutcase primarily made up with the low accommodated me deafening my ears. I decided not to bivouac there fearing the worst for the night. Despite everything I lunched on the spot before going at the next stage, The Parque National Volcan Masaya. Due to the temperature a thick smoke escaped from the Nindiri volcano making impossible the view of the crater, only the walls of the caldera were visible, it was a great disappointment. Moreover landslides prohibited the rise to the Masaya volcano. I remained on the spot until 16:00 in waiting of a change of temperature, que nenni. I returned close to the museum to bivouac without conveniences.
On Sunday, November 8th I had two visits before finding a bivouac. I went early from Parque National Volcan Masaya to go first to Masaya at the edge of the eponymous lake to see Parque de 17 Octubre flanked by Parroquia de Asuncion of baroque style. Parque exposes naive sculptures. As a second I visited Granada at the edge of Lago de Nicaragua. The city was founded in 1524, it has two curiosities. Iglesia de la Merced was built, shaven by the pirates in 1655 then rebuilt in 1539 in baroque style in 1781. Convento was built then burned in 1585 by the pirates. Driving in the city on Sunday morning was a test of patience… According to Lonely Planet Lago de Apoyo, crater lake, is a jewel. I admired it since El Mirador in Catarina. Then I sought the road to go at the edge of the lake in order to bivouac. I traversed it, but the accesses are privatized by hotels with very little parking lots. I settled at the edge of the road with a small view on the lake!
On Monday, November 9th on the way towards the border I stopped in Rivas to consult my mailbox and to publish partially the pages of my website. I found a cyber close to the Parque Central with sharp colors without forgetting the impossible to circumvent murals of the history of the country and the city. I continued my way up to San Juan del Sur on the edge of Pacific Ocean very famous for its sandy beach.
On Tuesday October 10th I left Nicaragua, look at the border crossing.