Once the capital of Nicaragua, Grenada is a colorful city with lots of history. Right next to our hostel, De Boca en Boca there was a cathedral called Iglesia La Merced which had a viewtower that could be visited for a dollar and was my favorite place in town.
The market and main plaza was also lively and everywhere in town you could see people riding through the colorful streets in horse carriages, which were the local “taxis” in Grenada. In the night there was also a party going on in a treehouse in the jungle about 15kms from the city. Some of the facepaint and glitter from that event stayed in my hair and beard for several days afterwards- but it was all good fun and definitely worth it!
My favorite part of my stay in Grenada was going to the nearby Masaya Volcano at night, on a tour costing 20dollars including a volcano museum, transport, entry and guide. After sunset we were taken up to the crater rim where we were allowed to stay 15-20minutes (no more because of toxic gases) watching the lava boiling in the volcano.
Everyone has been telling me to go to Léon, and now that I am here I don’t really find it that great. Everything is really worn down and all there is of sights is just churches and a couple of dull museum. But there is one thing to do here that is really awesome; volcano boarding!
I went with a company called Volcano Day which included a beer, entrance fee, transfer, guide, snacks, tshirt and a transfer to the beach town called Las Penitas- all for just 25dollars.
The trip started off at 8am with an hour drive to the volcano where we all carried our heavy boards up to the top before we put on our allovers, goggles and gloves before sliding off the edge.
My goal was to collect as much speed as possible and I am sure that I went more than 60km/h when I reached the bumps in the end which made me jump a couple of times before the board came to a halt (the record is 95km/h). Small rocks were flying hitting me in the face and my ass got quite sore from bouncing off the board at the end but I must say that this is definately one of the best cheap adrenaline kicks out there (ziplining, sandboarding does not nearly match up in adrenaline per dollar) so I’m happy that I went, even though it was really tough on my broken toe.
Update: I spent some more time in Léon after staing in Los Flores and realized that the city is much more nice away from the tourist steet. Closer to the Termino Station you will find cobblestone streets, nice churches and markets.
After doing the volcanoboarding tour with a company called “Volcano Day” I was offered a free shuttle to Las Penitas, a beach town 20kilometers from Léon, which I had never heard anything about so I thought why not.
The place was really peaceful with good surfing waves (I didnt get to go because of a injured toe) and cheap accommodation. I rented a tent at a hostel called “Caracolita” for 5bucks which was just perfect. Watching the sunset from Mano a Mano with a couple of beers costing less than a dollar was also good for the soul.
Next trip has just been booked and in one month I will set off on a trip with the goal to visit every country in the Carribean!
Im keeping my trip exactly 90 days to be covered by my credit card Insurance with Bank Norwegian, I will visit 19 new countries with 11 of them being Carribean Islands:
Bahamas: November 8th on a day Trip from Miami
Jamaica November from 10th to 16th of November
Antigua & Barbuda from 16th to 18th of November
St.Kitts & Nevis from 18th to 19th of November
Dominica from 19th to 23rd of November
Barbados from 23rd to 24th of November
St.Lucia from 24th to 26th of November
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Grenada from 26th of Nov- 5th of Dec
Trinidad & Tobago from 5th – 11th of December
Suriname to Guyana from 11th to 17th of December
Mexico, Belize Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua between 18th of December and 19th of January
Haiti to Dominican Republic from January 19th to February 2nd
I’ve just ordered a know roaming global SIM to log my travels on the way, so stay tuned!