Total miles 4500+
16.11.2007 - 24.11.2007 30 °C
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After spending a few days in soggy Tikal we drove to the Honduran border, then up to the Atlantic coast. Where we took a boat across to the bay islands, just off the coast of Honduran mainland. I forgot how beautiful the Caribbean is, white powdery sand beaches and beautiful turquoise water, it was so nice to be on a beach again. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great, but it was a nice place to chill for a few days. Good food, fantastic snorkeling, some of the best scuba diving I have ever seen and beautiful beaches.
After 4 days on Rotan we headed back to the main land and then south to the Nicaraguan border. We spent the night at a border town and crossed early the next morning. We had heard that the Nicaragua border was a bureaucratic nightmare with mountains of paperwork lots of people to bribe and a potential 2-3 hour process. But it was a piece of cake and it took us less than an hour for our paperwork and everything for the car. I must admit each time I cross a border I do get a little nervous and it does usually take and hour or 2 with the car, but the crossings seem to be getting easier as we go.
Now we are in Granada, an old colonial town next to massive lake ( with fresh water sharks), not far from the capital Managua. By the way, a suggestion for anyone else traveling to, or through Central America; don't use the Lets Go Guide Books... I don't know what drugs the girl was on that wrote the section for Nicaragua but her description of Granada as "a place of astonishing beauty"... "whose colonial charm will tempt you to stay for ever" isn't particularly accurate.
The only thing astonishing about Granada is depth of the holes in the road. Yesterday, I nearly ripped off one of the rear wheels when I drove over, or should I say into, a man hole in the road without a cover. To be fair though, it is a developing country and the highways here are excellent. But as soon as you get off the main roads and into the small towns the roads literally fall apart and turn into a slalom course complete with hundreds of holes, horses, dogs and people.
Anyway the food here is great, the people are really nice and tomorrow we are off to yet another beach, on the pacific coast this time, which should be a lot dryer. Then next week its Costa Rica, where we will probably ship the car before heading across the Darien Gap and into South America.