Buses and Road Construction on Ometepe

The former school buses on Ometepe were quite durable. I talked with one of the island’s first bus owners, and she told me about how, despite the island’s rough roads and lack of any garages (meaning the buses have to take the ferry to the departmental seat of Rivas for maintenance), the buses hold up pretty well. After completing a paving project between the port towns of Moyogalpa and Altagracia, the government is now slowly proceeding to pave the road out to the town where I stayed, Mérida. I unexpectedly got the chance to help out with this construction work.

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Ometepe

Ometepe, recently designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is an island formed by two volcanoes in the Lake of Nicaragua. I enjoyed my two days there climbing (the inactive) volcano and biking/hiking to a nice waterfall. The island’s quiet, relaxed vibe made it one of my favorite places in Nicaragua. The richness of Ometepe’s volcanic soil makes for famous rice and beans, and the gallopinto I had there did not disappoint.

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