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Jun 23, 2005 - El Castillo, NICARAGUA

After an 11 hour ferry ride, 5 long hours in San Carlos (the worst town we've ever seen, and we've seen some bad ones), and a 3 hour ride in a "panga" (long dugout canoe with outboard motor), we arrived in wonderful El Castillo on the Rio San Juan. The Rio San Juan connects Lake Nicaragua with the Caribbean sea and is the backbone of the proposed "Nicaragua Canal", which would have been built had it not been for some last-minute lobbying by Panama. El Castillo was built by the Spanish to keep British pirates and French corsairs from getting...

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Jan 6, 2005 - El Castillo

I. The relief that sight of land creates is tempered by the realization that San Carlos is not Gilligan´s Island. As we draw near it is obvios that we may be as happy to get on the next boat as we are to de-board this one. It is 6:30 am when we touch land. We don´t say ´dry land´ because the whole of San Carlos is filmed in a thin mud. Near the port it is a deep green - a forest green - and what makes it so, we don´t know. We say a quick good-bye to the companions we met on the boat, sharing a final smile of truimph as we depart. Ben &...

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