Category Archives: Nicaragua

Morning sounds

As I lay here before sunrise, I can hear layers of sounds that are becoming familiar the longer we stay here.

First the sound of insects outside our window. And a small chirping gecko. Then the thick layer of morning birds. I imagine they are the colours of bright graffiti.

Past the insistent sound of birds are the cries of livestock. Roosters, sheep, goats, cows, horses. My neighbour said her run yesterday included chickens running alongside her.

In the far distance there is another sound. A deep guttural sound that I think is a howler monkey.

The mornings here are not quiet but somehow they areĀ  peaceful all the same.

Good morning Nicaragua!

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How to get to the Butterfly Reserve (Reserva Mariposa) outside Granada

It is very difficult to get clear instructions on how to get places in Granada. Hopefully this will help some poor traveler trying to find the Butterfly Reserve.

From wherever you start from, walk or taxi to the cemetery. Below is a map from the plaza to the cemetery to make things more straightforward.

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Follow the blue butterfly pictures on the power poles. The reason it is hard to direct people to a specific place is that most of the roads don’t have names. The road on the way to the butterfly reserve has no name on any map I could find.

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From the Cemetery to the Butterfly reserve it is 3.7 kilometers. If you walk down the dirt road, there are tuktuks you can take from the cemetery. But the walk is beautiful and as we were walking, I took photos of this beautiful rooster tied to a stone, and we were invited into these people’s house. They were cutting bundles of wood for people’s stoves. They had hens with flocks of chicks and several roosters tied to separate stones, far enough apart that they could not peck each other.

When Cindy tried to take the taxi right to the Butterfly reserve, the taxi driver didn’t have a clue what she was talking about. The taxi drivers stopped at several of their friends’ houses asking if they knew where the butterfly reserve was. No one knew. Finally they went to the cemetery and asked one of the tuktuk drivers. The tuktuk driver said that the taxi wouldn’t make it on the dirt road and he took Cindy and her gang from the cemetery to the butterfly reserve. She beat us there as we were walking.

The butterfly reserve cost $5 per adult. $3 for kids under 12 years of age. And they didn’t charge us for Naia or Gabrielle. They have a netted area where you can see several kinds of butterflies. They have a chrysalis area where you may see a butterfly emerging, wet wings and all. Then if you go out of the netted area, there are beautiful trails to walk. On the trails we discovered what was making the howling wookie noise through the trees. A cow! And we saw a few beehives. And we ran into some boys who were climbing high in the trees picking oranges.

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After all the exploring, we weren’t as keen to walk back. So the staff at the butterfly reserve (who also live there,) called a tuktuk for us. And we did what we previously perceived to be impossible. We squashed 8 people into a tiny tuktuk.

I will upload a movie of us all in the tuktuk when I get home.