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After putting in a week of work it was time to get out and enjoy Nicaragua. I wanted to see some places that I hadn't seen before and since we had a car we were free to go where we pleased. My wife suggested that we take a trip to the town of El Almendro since she has family there and she's never been there before. When I looked up El Almendro on the map, this is what I saw...

You will notice one thing is conspicuously missing and that is any mention of a road existing that goes to the town of El Almendro. My wifes aunt assured me, however, that there was indeed a road and there was nothing to worry about. With that assurance we set out for the 2 1/2 hour drive from Managua to Acoyapa.


Resevoir Outside Managua
Resevoir Outside Managua
Resevoir Outside Managua
Resevoir Outside Managua
Resevoir Outside Managua
Resevoir Outside Managua
Heading For The Hills
Heading For The Hills
Imagine That, A Baby
Imagine That, A Baby
New Outfit For Greber
New Outfit For Greber
Mmmmmm, Pollo
Mmmmmm, Pollo
The Backyard
The Backyard
The Neighbors Are Having A Party
The Neighbors Are Having A Party

We spent a bit of time visiting the family in Acoyapa and then headed out for our adventure to El Almendro. While it looks like it's not that far from Acoyapa to El Almendro on the map in reality it's about a 3 1/2 hour drive. Basically you take the road from Acoyapa towards El Rama and then take the road to Nueva Guinea. Both of these roads are pretty good except for the rather strange road work going on. On the road to Nueva Guinea it's one lane for several miles due to road work and of course there aren't any flagmen stopping traffic. To keep people from driving on the lane they are working on they put rocks in the highway. I don't believe I've ever been on a one-lane road before where the oncoming traffic was going 60 MPH but I found one in Nicaragua. It's basically a high speed game of chicken.


Nicaraguan Detour
Nicaraguan Detour
Plenty Of Horse Parking
Plenty Of Horse Parking
San Francisco, Nicaragua
San Francisco, Nicaragua
Nicaragua Road Closure
Nicaragua Road Closure
Nicaragua Road Closure
Nicaragua Road Closure
Road To El Almendro
Road To El Almendro

After driving for a few hours we finally came to a dirt road and I was told that this was the "highway" to El Almendro. Calling this stretch of dirt and rock a "road" is a stretch. Calling it a "highway" is just plain comical. You need to remember that I was driving a Toyota Yaris with 5 people in it. The only other vehicles that I saw on this road were 4 wheel drives, motorcycles, and horses. Over the next few days the torture that I inflicted on that poor Yaris gave me a much greater respect for Toyota products.

The drive to El Almendro on the dirt road takes about an hour and a half but it seems like a day and a half. The scenery, however, is incredibly beautiful. It's amazing how much more tropical Nicaragua gets the further south that you go.


Road To El Almendro
Road To El Almendro
Watch Out For Horses
Watch Out For Horses
Welcome To El Almendro
Welcome To El Almendro
The Road Continues
The Road Continues
And Continues
And Continues
And Continues
And Continues
Local Home
Local Home
Nice Hut
Nice Hut
I Wish I Had A Horse
I Wish I Had A Horse
Bad Cow
Bad Cow
Ox At Work
Ox At Work
Local Home
Local Home
Does This Road Ever End
Does This Road Ever End


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