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Mar 8, 2010 - Ferry to San Carlos

OK, we made it to San Carlos. The Ferry ride was interesting. I would say pleasant but I would be lying. Our choices were sleeping on a bench or a floor in a hot and steamy room filled with mosquitoes as we sloshed around in Lago Cocibolca (lake Nicaragua) or on a very cold (really, I nearly froze to death) rented chair or wet floor on the open deck getting sprayed with water. To give you an idea, I was on a chair about ¾ of the way towards the back sitting in the most sheltered area protected by a two story cabin and I was still getting...

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Jan 8, 2009 - The Rio San Juan

From Ometepe Island it is a 9-hour overnight ferry to get to San Carlos on the far southeastern shore of Lake Nicaragua. In San Carlos the Rio San Juan starts north and goes all the way to the Carribean Ocean. San Carlos is not very interesting, mainly a jumping off point for the river, and it is also a border crossing with Costa Rica. El Castillo is about a third of the way up the river between San Carlos and the Carribean, and only accessible by boat. There are tiny villages and farms and houses all along the river and my commuter boat...

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Dec 18, 2008 - Overnight ferry to San Carlos, Nicaragua

December 18th, 2008 The ferry ride from Ometepe to San Carlos was OK. I wish I had a hammock, maybe then I would have gotten some shut eye. Sleeping on the floor of a ferry is not comfy. I didn´t get much sleep at all. It was a beautiful night though and I didn´t get seasick at all.

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Leslie's Trip South

Nov 27, 2007 - The ferry to San Carlos

9 bloody hours on a ferry at night...... Well it started with waiting to buy a ticket. Having secured my 1st class ticket for about $4 I waited for the ferry. It arrived and there were a few other foreigners who got a 1st class ticket. Onlt problem was the ferry left from Granada and all the locals had literrally taken ownership of seats so they could sleep. I squeezed onto the end of a seat and watched the end of a really bad zombie movie. I thought screw this and went out onto the back deck. Plenty of people had hung hammocks on deck. I...

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Oct 3, 2007 - The rainiest place in the world

With the alarm at 4:00 am we were up and going through the dark streets of San Jose. We flagged down a cab to take us to the bus station (which is in a dangerous area of town). We passed the prostitutes on the street corners and not much else; they stood out more at this hour, looking cold and furtive and painted onto the dark buildings. We passed through a bustling street market, open from 4 to 8 each morning, our cabbie said. Restaurants and vendors bought their fresh coconut and plantains and beef off the back of trucks here. We pulled...

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Mar 8, 2007 - NICARAGUA - Bluefields & San Carlos

Getting back across Nicaragua and down to the Costan Rican border at San Carlos was another nightmare journey - we'd managed to hitch part of the way down but then got dropped off in the middle of nowhere somewhere between Juigcalpa and San Carlos (and i mean nowhere) ...so we waited and waited and waited for another car or bus but neither came...we were just sat by the side of the road in the blazing heat for 5 hours praying that we'd be able to get out of there before night time - there were no hotels around so were thinking it was going...

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Travelling Amy

Feb 20, 2007 - It is here at last!

Well, if you are reading this you can rest assured that I made it back to San Jose from Nicaragua. That is an easy assumption to make because, since leaving Granada, I haven't been any place in Nicaragua with reliable internet access (or water, electricity, or much else). I re-entered Costa Rica (tired, hungry, almost completely dehydrated, and badly in need of a shower) via the water route from San Carlos. The fourteen miles of river that cut through the rainforest (creating the only functioning border in this region) makes for a...

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Jul 26, 2005 - River of History

Sunday 24.07.05 We were up at 4am to catch the early bus to San Carlos, a town in the southeast of Nicaragua, where Lago de Nicaragua drains into the Rio San Juan, which in turn flows into the Caribbean. Our lives were put in the hands of a taxi driver who sped through intersections at 130km/h in a monochrome world of orange street lights intersecting blackness at 4.45am on the way to the bus station. It is a smooth ride to Juigalpa, almost 3 hours away where you stop for breakfast. It changes soon after that - becoming a tough dirt road...

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Jan 4, 2005 - The Firey Ferry of Brimstone- A short story by Jon and Mandy

We wake on our final morning in Ometepe, enjoy a cold shower, and have galllo pinto y huevos for breakfast. Knowing we haven't much to do all day until the ferry comes we stroll around town looking for some food to pack for our journey to San Carlos. We manage to locate almost nothing. On an island complete with roaming banana plantations and fertile volcanic farms you can't barely buy a banana or find a place that sells more than Ritz crackers and coca-cola. In the end we buy two bananas out of the front room of a house near the square, a...

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