Sunday, December 22, 2013

December 21 & 22, 2013, Leon, Managua and San Juan del Sur.

Stayed the night in Chinandega where once again we had hot water for showers and a decent shave along with a king size bed which is the first we've had since Mexico. A short drive into Leon and we have breakfast close to the Saturday market and make our way to the cathedral, the largest in Central America. The pictures don't do it justice, it's huge and very ornate.
Real e Insigne Basilica Catedral de León Nicaragua, built between 1747 and 1814 is the largest cathedral in Central  America.
Center area of church. 
The architecture was amazing.  
The church faces a large plaza in the center of Leon, Nicaragua. 
The church occupies a complete city block.
Downtown Managua, Nicaragua was very modern looking other than the very old and rundown area in the downtown core.
After a drive through Managua we stop for lunch at Mi Viejo Ranchito. We meet the owners son Orlando by chance as he speaks excellent English and is able to help Diana order her food. We talk with Orlando for quite a while and learn his stag was on Friday night and he is getting married on December 29th. As usual with the locals we get some great advice of what to see and where to go. Before departing Orlando gives us his cell phone number and tells us to call if we have any questions or run into problems while in Nicaragua.
Lunch stop just outside of the capital city of Managua, Nicaragua.
Volcanoes in the distance. 
 My shortcut on the map turned into an hour and a half of dirt road with a maximum speed of 40 kph and a not so happy passenger who was getting bounced around on the back.
Beach in the town of San Juan del Sur (one block from our hotel).
Less than 10 people on this beach about a half hour from San Juan del Sur.

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