|Approaching the island on the ferry - Concepción in the foreground, Maderas further back|
When we arrived we were taken to a hostel that was recommended to us, El Zopilote, which doubles as a working farm. At first we thought it was extremely cool, right in the forest, very rustic and laid back. Then we went on the hike to our dorm. I'm not kidding when I say hike, it took a good 5/10 minutes to get there and wasn't fun in the dark. Then we saw the bathrooms. Apparently compost toilets are a bit of a thing in Nicaragua, who knew? We lasted two nights in El Zopilote before moving to a more convenient hostel but we don't regret our time there and we definitely got some stories out of it!
On our first full day on the island we decided to rent bicycles and visit the ojo de agua, which translates to 'eye of water' though is actually just a natural spring that has had a swimming pool built around it. It was a hot ride but really fun and we had the perfect way to cool off waiting for us at the end!
|A reminder from the hippies|
Our most interesting day was definitely when we decided to rent mopeds and drive to the San Ramón waterfall. Have any of you driven mopeds before, I hear you ask? No we had not. All was going smoothly until we left the paved road and it was not five minutes until we had our first crash. More like a topple to be honest but of course it was our beloved but accident prone Lucy that was driving with Jesse on the back. A quick patch up and reshuffle of drivers and we were off again with nothing but a minor mechanical issue before we reached the start of the hike to the waterfall.
|Concentration or avoiding getting flies stuck in her teeth? You decide|
However when we arrived there it was to find out that we didn't actually have enough time to hike it and get back in time to return the mopeds. We decided we would rice back around the island and go for a swim instead but even that didn't go to plan.
|The view of Concepción from almost the other end of the island|
|A spiral? A monkey? An modernist portrait?|