The day after hiking Madaras, I decided to move over to hotel Buena Vista at Playa Santa Domingo. A private room for 15US/night and there was availability all through Semana Santa, and I settled in right away. They was a big group of travellers that came and stayed for awhile. They rented motorcycles for the day and ran into some problems.
|The guys both skinned their knees in a small crash.|
Not so fun hiking a volcano with a scabbed up knee.
|Looking out to the lake from the hotel patio.|
|It's really quiet and I think, really safe on Ometepe.|
|The natural spring Ojo De Agua or "Eye of the Water". The lake is so warm to swim in it doesn't refresh you, but the water here is nice and cool. It's busy now, because of holy week, but I'm betting other times it's almost empty.|
|A nice couple from Alberta. It was nice hanging out with these guys for a day.|
|Getting exciting about climbing this baby. Apparently one Europe was killed on Concepcion several months ago when he fell and hit his head.|
The next day, I decide to try the Zip line and head out with my casco on. Good thing too, the cops have the same road block set up. The cop that arrested me, recognizes me right away and gives me thumbs up, for having smartened up and put my lid on. Too funny.
|I guess I was looking bored so these guys get me to try it upside down.|
I finish the canopy and try a different restaurant for lunch.
|Chicken, potatoes, rice and fried plantains.|
|That night I sleep well and dream of Concepcion.|
The climb is steady, but not too hard. We look at the spot where the Finnish man was killed.
|It's not too long before we're into the clouds.|
|At 1620m we reach the summit.|
|It's too windy and dangerous to stand up at the lip of the volcano. The ground is really warm and we don't stay too long.|
|There's another guide with two Americans up top. We keep pace with them all the way down.|
|The border is a complete zoo and it takes hours to make it through immagration and aduana for the vehicle permit.|
Finally free of the chaos and I'm finally in Costa Rica and it feels good.