On Saturday morning it was time to go. But before heading out we decided to take a walk to the Granada market while the boys were sleeping. The market was right down the street literally two blocks away from our house. The Granada market is an outside market and is covered by tents that stretch for at least five or six blocks. The market was very crowded and full of everything you could think of from beans, meats and cheeses to household hardware and farming supplies. After a quick walk through the market, we headed back to our home, grabbed a bite to eat and then it was time to get back on the road. Although, we hated to leave such a cool ass house, it was time to move on to our next adventure.
Isla de Ometepe
The drive from Granada to San Jorge was about an hour, and from there we were supposed to catch the auto ferry and cross Lake Nicaragua to Isla Ometepe, but we missed the ferry! After missing the 12 o’clock ferry, we placed ourselves on the 2 pm ferry list. While waiting for the ferry, we ate at a restaurant located right on the beach. We were able to get great pictures of Ometepe while enjoying a steak and shrimp lunch which was only $25 for the entire family.
When 2 pm came, the ferry office denied us entrance onto the ferry because the list we signed was for standby and we were told the ferry was full. Not only was this ferry full but the waiting list indicated that the next 2 ferries for the day were also full. We were beyond pissed and had nowhere to stay for the night. After arguing with the ferry guard we realized he wasn’t budging so we took matters into our own hands. We waited about 10 minutes and returned to the gate guard. When we arrived The guard asked if we repurchased our tickets. Taking a huge chance and hoping luck was on our side We said yes. He believed us! The guard didn’t look at the ticket at all instead he pointed toward the pier and told us to move forward.
We figured that once the truck was on the ferry they wouldn’t kick us off. After 20 minutes, the ticket er began collecting boarding passes. Initially we were worried, knowing our boarding pass had expired. However, as we looked around those feelings were quickly resolved when we noticed the ticket-er holding cash! When he made his way to us and we happily payed the $25 to cross.
After an hour on the ferry and a hours drive we arrived at our jungle home retreat, Barefoot luxury. Once there we were asked to remove our shoes. The rooms were made of bamboo and set right above the banana, mango and coconut trees. After capturing a gorgeous picture of the sunset behind Conception Volcano It was time to relax with some wine.
We ordered take out, which was delivered by our AirBnB hostess. Ometepe was just a one day stop, so when we woke up Sunday morning it was time to hit the road. About 30 minutes from our house we pulled up to Ojo de Agua. Ojo de Agua is a natural spring pool filled with crystal clear water from an underground river that is warmed from Volcan Maderas. Ojo also has a restaurant on site that opens from 8-5. At Ojo, we had a blast! We couldn’t visit Ojo de Auga with out trying out their most famous attraction, the Tarzan rope.
Our trip to Ojo de Auga was pretty short. We stayed long enough to eat and have some fun in the water, at about 10 we hit the road on the way to Punta Jesus Maria. Punta Maria is also known as “The Jesus Mary Pointe” which is a strip of land that sits in the middle of the lake, during low tide you can walk completely across and stand in the middle of the lake, giving the appearance of walking on water, hence the name Punta Jesus.
After a quick stop at Punta Jesus Maria it was time to get back on the road, after all we couldn’t afford to miss our 11;30 ferry. The ferry office on the island side was friendlier than the San Jorge side on the mainland. Once on the mainland we were on the road again. we had a 4 hour drive from San Jorge to Esteli in the Northern part of Nicaragua. That concludes our Ometepe Leg of the trip.