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Rivas, Nicaragua

Written by Raenelle on Tuesday, December 2, 2003
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We left Granada in the late morning and went to see Valcan Masaya, a huge steaming volcano that you can drive up to (no strenuous hiking involved here). It was very interesting, although somewhat sulphury at the top. We walked around a bit, looked at another crater at the site, and then gave three Swedish backpackers a ride down the volcano to the nearby town. Thank goodness they were with us when we were stopped at another police checkpoint. One of the Swedish guys spoke fluent Spanish, which we think avoided us having to pay another bribe! At the town of Masaya, we stopped for lunch and met Jader, a ten year old boy. He took us to the central park where he showed us a sloth that lived in the trees there, which was really cool! We stopped at a little food stand in the park and we shared our food with Jader and two other eight-year old street kids who had glue on their faces from sniffing glue all day.

Volcan MasayaWe headed towards the coast where we had heard of a nice beach town, San Juan del Sur. Apparantly the town is very touristy, so we decided to take the backroads to the coast north of San Juan del Sur and travel south, hoping to stumble across a gorgeous deserted beach. We had a good drive towards the coast, where we saw a jaguarundi (a medium sized dark wild cat) cross the road right in front of us – amazing. We had spent more time in Masaya with Jader than we had anticipated, and when the sun went down, we were still driving along dirt roads on the coast, crossing rivers with me hopping out of the truck every few hundred metres to open cattle gates! Soon after dark, we came across a gate that was locked, and we turned around and headed back to the main highway. Lucky for us, we were only about a 10 minute drive from a fairly main road that took us back to the highway, and we were delighted to discover that it was paved most of the way!

We stopped for the night at a small town, Rivas, where there was a funfair and the whole town was out enjoying the evening. We had some good pizza for dinner, during which a big parade came walking down the road (it appeared as though it was some religious festival), and suddenly fire crackers were going off and bells were ringing etc.

January 8, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

Estimados Sres., la razon de mi carta es porque estoy buscando a una companera de colegio en Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, hace muchos anyos. Nos escribimos por mucho tiempo y al yo salir de mi patria, Cuba, nos perdimos. Ella se llama Helen Rivas, y por eso me salio su Website, de Rivas, Nicaragua. Ella nos explicaba que su famila eran los Rivas.

Si fueran tan amables y saben de la familia Rivas, les estaria muy agradecida, pues desearia poder reencontrarla.

Les agradezco su amabilidad.

Ester Argilagos
57 Campina Court
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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