We spent the night in a cabin for six, quickly falling asleep to the sound of light rain, howler monkeys, geccos, and a numerity of insects. We had no idea what awaited us with a planned trip to hike the volcano on which we slept the next morning.
Up early we began our day with delicious coffee and fresh papaya and banana grown and made from the property and began our 7 hour hike up Volcano Maderas. It wad amazing to see and explore the various biospheres as we hiked from 300 to 4000 feet. As we neared the top the temperature drastically cooled and the ground we were hiking consisted of only mud and immense tree roots and trunks... we were literally climbing through the tree canopy at the volcano peak. After a re-energizing picnic lunch looking down at the crater lagoon, we hiked our way back down Maderas. Sliding through mud and relying on every tree branch possible to get down the treacherous slope, it was a physical and mental challenge for sure. We spent the rest of the day in recovery lounging in hammocks and catching up on good books at our ecolodge. One of the best days of our time in Nicaragya yet.
During our final day on Ometepe, Nicole, Rachel, and I were off on another adventure horseback riding and hiking to San Juan waterfall. Flashbacks to the days riding at Pompositticut Farm- we even cantered our way home. The rest of the day was spent at the beach swimming to cool off from the island heat. And of course we celebrated our last night on Ometepe with locally made vegetables burritos and Nicaraguan Flora de Cana straight up on the rocks. Swinging on hammocks and playing charades with the ecolodge owners, the night was one to remember.
Up and at em at 6 the next morning, we made our back to the colorful, awaiting city of Granada excited to begin the second half of our trip with our client Charles. The rest of our time will be hard work for sure but we are beyond ready to move forward in the design process and get back on the ground exploring El Pantanal and supporting GCEC's visions for the community here.