After suffering from dengue fever for a week on a beautiful lakeside hostel I was ready for any opportunity to get out of bed and into the water. We stayed at Laguna de Apoyo but were unable to participate in any lake related activities as I was bed-ridden for 5 straight days suffering from a high fever, terrible headaches, and restlessness throughout most nights. Camille spent all those days next to me and wouldn’t leave (she thought it was unfair for her to enjoy the lake while I was sick). We visited a couple of hospitals in Managua and Granada and after getting some results that the dengue had mostly passed we made our way to Lake Nicarauga (the largest lake in Central America) and stayed on Ometepe Island.
The idea of simply stepping outside of your door leads me to believe that there is adventure, wonder and surprise everywhere. These days our doors tend to be in front of lakes and beaches. When your sick, especially while backpacking, you feel very fortunate for your health. I felt alive being able to explore and not sit around all day in bed. On every corner of the island there were amazing views, livestock running around, and a good mix of tourism and local culture happening. This is why we travel.
After this we ended up going back to our hostel since we were far from it and had to return the scooter at 5:30. The next day ended up being really relaxed after sharing the seat of the motor scooter. Fortunately for us we went for a swim in the lake before hearing about all the bull sharks that lived in this freshwater. The weekend we ended up staying here there was an ultra-marathon 100km race and a crazy survival race. The obstacles, the 30 hour time limit and the harsh terrain can give you some insight to how gruesome this was. We decided to skip the race and have a beach day.
The urgency to visit now is high as there are talks, protests, and business proposals for a canal to be built by the Chinese. Come see this paradise before it’s ruined.