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On Sunday I was bored and didn't feel like sitting around the house all day so we took a trip to Masaya and Granada for the day. On the way to Masaya you pass through the town of Tipitapa (one of my all-time favorite town names) which houses a massive walled compound. I always thought it was a prison but it turns out it's a zona franca. Zona franca's are like industrial parks except they have special tax status. The catch is that everything produced in them has to be exported.


Welcome To Tipitapa
Welcome To Tipitapa
Another Circus
Another Circus
Pura Vida Fans
Pura Vida Fans
Zona Franca Entrance
Zona Franca Entrance
Pretty Flowers
Pretty Flowers
Is That Volcano Erupting
Is That Volcano Erupting

No trip on the highways of Nicaragua would be complete for me, however, unless I got stopped by the cops. Fortunately they just checked our ID's and let us go on our way this time. Our first stop was in Masaya at the "ancient" market. This market is geared towards tourists and is relatively clean and secure. They sell your typical tourist crap and the prices are reasonable. We really weren't there to buy anything but I did buy a nice leather wallet for $10.


Of Course The Cops Stopped Us
Of Course The Cops Stopped Us
Standing Room Only
Standing Room Only
Masaya
Masaya
Tienda In Masaya
Tienda In Masaya
Mural In Antiguo Mercado
Mural In Antiguo Mercado
Antiguo Mercado In Masaya
Antiguo Mercado In Masaya
Greber Horsing Around
Greber Horsing Around
Juniett Horses Around Also
Juniett Horses Around Also
Our Security Guard
Our Security Guard

Our next stop was the "other" market in Masaya. The Mercado Ernesto Fernandez is the one for locals and you won't see many tourists here. It's a typical Nicaraguan market in that it's filthy, smells like sewage in places, looks dangerous, and has the best deals in town. Since it was Sunday about two-thirds of the stalls were closed so we didn't stay that long.


Church In Masaya, Nicaragua
Church In Masaya, Nicaragua
Entrance To The Other Masaya Market
Entrance To The Other Masaya Market
Fresh Baked Goods
Fresh Baked Goods
Tiendas In The Mercado
Tiendas In The Mercado
Juniett Buying Cookies
Juniett Buying Cookies
Take A Carriage To The Market
Take A Carriage To The Market
Fresh Goo
Fresh Goo
Get It While It's Hot
Get It While It's Hot
Mercado Ernesto Fernandez
Mercado Ernesto Fernandez
Fresh Baked Bread
Fresh Baked Bread
Mercado Ernesto Fernandez
Mercado Ernesto Fernandez
Vote For Herty
Vote For Herty

After Masaya we headed up to Granada. It's only about a 15 or 20 minute drive from Masaya so it's easy to get to. Granada is a nice place to visit but I couldn't imagine vacationing there since there's not a whole lot to do. You can cover the town pretty thoroughly in a few days. My favorite thing in Granada is the "happy Sandinista" statue you pass on the way into town. It always makes me want to shout "viva la revolution" as I drive by it.


Park In Masaya, Nicaragua
Park In Masaya, Nicaragua
Daniel Welcomes You To Granada
Daniel Welcomes You To Granada
The Happy Sandinista Statue
The Happy Sandinista Statue
Mombachu Volcano Looms Over Granada, Nicaragua
Mombachu Volcano Looms Over Granada, Nicaragua
The Hospital Has Seen Better Days
The Hospital Has Seen Better Days
Old Hospital In Granada, Nicaragua
Old Hospital In Granada, Nicaragua
Church In Granada, Nicaragua
Church In Granada, Nicaragua
Yes, They Have Eskimo Here Too
Yes, They Have Eskimo Here Too
Park By Lake Nicaragua
Park By Lake Nicaragua
The Gringo Wagon
The Gringo Wagon
Yes, These Police Have Stopped Me Also
Yes, These Police Have Stopped Me Also
Hanging Out In The Park
Hanging Out In The Park
Lake Nicaragua's Over There
Lake Nicaragua's Over There
Mombachu Volcano
Mombachu Volcano
We Arrive At The Boathouse
We Arrive At The Boathouse
Cool Tree
Cool Tree
Juniett Prepares For The Voyage
Juniett Prepares For The Voyage
Pretty Birds
Pretty Birds

Since we didn't have anything better to do we decided to take a boat ride out to the islettas in Lake Nicaragua. Granada sits in the shadow of the volcano Momabachu and some 500 or so years ago the volcano blew it's top. The explosion created over 300 small islands in the lake many of which are home to private estates, hotels, and restaurants.


Heading Into Lake Nicaragua
Heading Into Lake Nicaragua
This Boat Didn't Make It Back
This Boat Didn't Make It Back
It's Getting Dark
It's Getting Dark
Tree Full Of Birds
Tree Full Of Birds
Looking Back At Granada
Looking Back At Granada
This Island Can Be Yours
This Island Can Be Yours
The Sun Sets On Our Cruise
The Sun Sets On Our Cruise
Sunset Over Granada, Nicaragua
Sunset Over Granada, Nicaragua
Sunset Over Granada, Nicaragua
Sunset Over Granada, Nicaragua
The Waves Are Getting Big
The Waves Are Getting Big
Where Did Land GO
Where Did Land GO
The Happy Sailors
The Happy Sailors
Our Cruise Is Over
Our Cruise Is Over


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