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We stayed overnight at the Hotel Campo Seco in Santo Thomas, Nicaragua. We stayed here for our wedding and it's a great little hotel. We got up bright and early to head out for our adventure to El Rama and while Juniett was getting ready I noticed 2 guys digging a hole in the back of the hotel. This is one of the mind boggling things about Nicaragua is the number of things that are still done by hand. I'm sure these guys have been digging for weeks to break through this much rock.

Before we left we made a quick trip to Acoyapa to have breakfast. I took a picture of the river because I was shocked to see that it had gone completely dry. This is the same river that's in the beginning of my wedding video and it's hard to believe that it's gone completely dry. Apparently this is a pretty rare event in Acoyapa and it's causing a great deal of problems.

I let Juniett drive to Acoyapa, here's the frightening video as we barely got there alive...


That's A Deep Hole
That's A Deep Hole
They Dug All That By Hand
They Dug All That By Hand
Hotel Dog
Hotel Dog
Juniett Is Ready To Go
Juniett Is Ready To Go
Nicaragua In The Morning
Nicaragua In The Morning
The River Went Dry
The River Went Dry

One of the things I noticed more than ever on this trip was the number of bridges in Nicaragua that have huge signs on them stating that they were gifts from the people of Japan. Japan has donated literally hundreds of bridges in Nicaragua. At times, it seems like just about everything in Nicaragua has been donated from somewhere else. In Managua, it's common to see firetrucks with names like "La Crosse, WI Fire & Rescue" or some other US city name painted on them.

That Looks Heavy
That Looks Heavy
Proud To Be From Chontales
Proud To Be From Chontales
Bridge From Japan
Bridge From Japan
Welcome To Quetzal
Welcome To Quetzal
Linda Vista
Linda Vista
El Rama Here We Come
El Rama Here We Come

Nicaragua has 2 autonomous regions known as the RAAS and the RAAN. These 2 regions comprise over half the land mass of Nicaragua and are home to many non-Spanish populations. They cover the entire Atlantic coast from the border of Costa Rica to the border of Honduras. These regions suffer from massive underdevelopment and have very poor infrastructures. Last year the RAAN was devastated by Hurricane Felix and has yet to recover. The town of El Rama where we were heading is as far East as you can drive. To reach the Atlantic ocean you have to travel by boat from El Rama to Bluefields. Unfortunately, you can't do the trip in a single day and we didn't have time to spend a day in Bluefields so that trip will have to wait for another day.

Entering The RAAS
Entering The RAAS
Cowboy Takes A Tumble
Cowboy Takes A Tumble
Muelle de los Bueyes, Nicaragua
Muelle de los Bueyes, Nicaragua
Concrete Boat
Concrete Boat
Ferris Wheel Repair Shop
Ferris Wheel Repair Shop
Nice Palms
Nice Palms
Hillside Cemetary
Hillside Cemetary
La Esperanza, Nicaragua
La Esperanza, Nicaragua
Pretty River
Pretty River

El Rama is an inland port town on the Escondido River. Goods arrive there from Bluefields by boat and then are trucked to their final destinations. I guess since I grew up in Pittsburgh at the mouth of the mighty Ohio river I didn't find the Escondido all that impressive. There really isn't a whole lot to see in El Rama but that didn't stop me from taking a ton of photos and a few videos as well.


El Rama, Nicaragua
El Rama, Nicaragua
El Rama, Nicaragua
El Rama, Nicaragua
El Rama, Nicaragua
El Rama, Nicaragua
El Rama, Nicaragua
El Rama, Nicaragua
El Rama, Nicaragua
El Rama, Nicaragua
The Church
The Church
I Got My Shovel
I Got My Shovel
Door To Door Mattress Salesmen
Door To Door Mattress Salesmen
There's A Dog Up There
There's A Dog Up There

After cruising around town for a bit we stopped at the local cell phone office to see my wifes friend. We wanted to take her to lunch but she had to work for a few more hours. Since we had nothing better to do we wandered around town for a few hours until she got off work. I should point out that El Rama is in the rain forest and although it didn't rain the day we were there the humidity was about 98% making it seem like it was about 200 degrees. Ye olde cowboy hat definately came in handy on this day...


Juniett & Her Friend
Juniett & Her Friend
El Rama, Nicaragua
El Rama, Nicaragua
Man With A Shovel Statue
Man With A Shovel Statue
Port Of El Rama
Port Of El Rama
Hotel Amy
Hotel Amy
Escondido River, Nicaragua
Escondido River, Nicaragua
Small Boat On The Escondido
Small Boat On The Escondido
Pretty Sidewalk
Pretty Sidewalk
Young Nica Playing
Young Nica Playing
Dude Scoping Out The Chicas
Dude Scoping Out The Chicas
We Got Coconuts
We Got Coconuts
We Got Shoes
We Got Shoes
Local Tienda
Local Tienda
Catch A Boat Here
Catch A Boat Here
Shotgun And Leaf Blower Store
Shotgun And Leaf Blower Store
Colorful Hotel
Colorful Hotel


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