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While on the island of Ometepe, we visited the museum El Ceibo. The Museum was founded in 2007 by Moises David Ghitis Rivera, Nicaraguan philanthropist, on an agricultural and cattle farm of his property in the island of Ometepe. It is the only pre-Hispanic private museum on the island of Ometepe, with a collection of more than 1500 archaeological pieces, which are on permanent display.

The museum has two specific sections on two separate buildings, one is Nicaraguan money, and another about pre-Hispanic archaeology of the area. With our limited time to catch the ferry back to the mainland of Nicaragua, we decided to tour the pre-Hispanic portion.

The museum provides a guide to walk you through and explain the artifacts. The guides there speak English and Spanish. We spent about an hour bombarding our guide with questions about the indigenous people of Ometepe. There are very interesting artifacts on display by time period.

We highly recommend this museum. It is affordable, educational, and the preserved artifacts are amazing to see.

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Call us crazy, but we did it. Two borders and three countries in one day?  I was the biggest skeptic. Having crossed many borders before, I knew that just one border crossing alone could take half a day depending on various scenarios.  Dealing with customs, immigration, insurance, vehicle inspection, money exchange, and getting what seemed like a hundreds of copies of this, that and the other documents  could reduce any timeline you may have about accomplishing our ambitious plan.

 

After a good hearty breakfast in La Union, El Salvador, we had two more quick stops to make before arriving at the border of Honduras. Stopping for gas and money from the ATM we made a beeline straight out of El Salvador. We had done all the reading up we could several nights before and knew that this was supposed to be the worst border crossing of all the Central American countries.  Less than a mile from the border all of the shenanigans started. Suddenly traffic came to a crawl, mostly big trucks and a few herds of cows interspersed for good measure. Then it happened, the money changers and border helpers swarmed all over us. One guy even jumped on the side of Angela’s and Scott’s truck, while we were driving, and demanded that he was our man to help us with the border crossing. He would not take no for an answer.

 

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Once we finally arrived at the official border crossing we did elicit his help, and he was quite helpful ensuring that we had all of our paperwork straight. Once out of El Salvador and now into Honduras the fun really began. For some reason Honduras’s Customs and Immigration needed more copies of everything we had, requiring multiple times to get copies, go to the back to pay vehicle importation fees and more. It took all of an hour and thirty minutes and we were officially in Honduras. Now it was after lunch and our plan was to cross Honduras in three hours or less, enter Nicaragua and make it to Leon before sun down. Driving across Honduras was uneventful and we made it to the border with Nicaragua. We admired the beauty of Honduras but did not stop. Now at the Nicaraguan border, we did the same old paperwork drill again and found ourselves across the border with about an hour and half of daylight. Finding the road to Leon was easy and we pressed on, but with a heavy rainstorm now and potholes the size of craters. Finally about 20 minutes before dark we arrived in Leon. So far we are very impressed with Nicaragua. The people are friendly, helpful and ask you questions as they like to practice their English. And the landscape is to die for. Stay tuned as we explore Leon.

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