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Zipping and Dipping in Nicaragua

By Aaron Smith, Contributing Reporter

NICARAGUA - “ tranquil, so dreamy, so steeped in slumber and eternal repose”, is how Mark Twain described Isla de Ometepe in 1866, an island formed by two volcanoes in the center of Central America’s largest lake, Lago de Nicaragua.

Slumbering in hammocks was what we intended at Hacienda Merida, originally a coffee farm belonging to the Somoza Family, who controlled Nicaragua with tyrannical dictatorships over four decades.

It was at the end of a rocky road under Maderas, the thankfully inactive of the two volcanoes. It had been a frenetic ten days through Central . . .

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