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Photos:  Nicaragua & Costa Rica - August, 2006

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Iglesia de La Merced where we climbed the belltower for beautiful views of the city of Granada.

Granada street from the belltower.

Volcan Mombacho stands guard over Granada.

Granada's Convent and Church of San Francisco, which houses their finest museum.

Jan admires impressive statues found on Zapatera Island in Lake Nicaragua.

Owl butterflies at the butterfly farm outside Granada.

Another pretty butterly.

On the platform and ready for our Jungle Canopy Tour on Mombacho Volcano.

Rich on the Canopy Tour.

Martin tells Jan "no manos!" (no hands!) for the fully upside-down experience.

Canopy Tour Guides Domingo (left) and Martin (right).

Young boy selling fruits along the road to Mombacho Volcano.

Pretty colonial architecture in Granada.

More of the colonial architecture.

Bicycles are a common form of transportation, and it was not unusual to see 2 or even 3 people on one bike.

La Siesta Guesthouse, where we stayed in Granada.

Our wonderful hosts at La Siesta, Boris and Marcela.

La Cangreja waterfall in Costa Rica's Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

We saw lots of these bright green lizards along the trail in Costa Rica's Rincon de la Vieja.

White-faced capuchin monkey in Costa Rica.

Steam vents in Costa Rica's Rincon de la Vieja.

Pools of boiling mud.

Boiling pools of water at Rincon de la Vieja.

Along the trail in Rincon de la Vieja.

Jan enjoys a rest and dips her feet in cool water.

Activity inside the rickety boat to Isla Ometepe.

Volcan Concepcion on Isla Ometepe.

Volcan Maderas on Isla Ometepe.

Howler monkeys on Isla Ometepe.

Sunset on Isla Ometepe.

Beautiful horses on Isla Ometepe.

Oxcart on Isla Ometepe.

Locals gather for a Sunday afternoon baseball game on Isla Ometepe.

Kids watching the baseball game but wanting us to take their photo.

Chapel at Selva Negra outside Matagalpa.

Hanging Vines at Selva Negra.

Jan by one of the towering trees in Selva Negra.

Mushrooms in Selva Negra.

Beautiful blooms in Selva Negra.

View of the town of Matagalpa from Selva Negra.