Surfing turtle: Utopia on the pacific Nicaragua coast

As I wrote in my previous blog post we are on this beautiful place in the middle of nowhere, of course somewhere: Reserva Natural Isla Juan Venado. This hostel we lived the last four days is called Surfing Turtle lodge as mentioned before.

A brief description of this place… A very nice and affordable hostel directly on the beach with hammocs, palm trees, daily campfires, a lot of sun (some clouds as well), a very long and wide Brown/ yellowisch beach and offcourse the ocean. The food is a bit more expensive than in the city, but you have no choise to dat somewhere else, because you are locked up by nature. In the evenings there is a “turtle walk”, where you walk in a guide group to search for turtles who are laying eggs. When a turtle is found, the guide secures the eggs by taking them to with him/ her. Otherwise local people will find the eggs and sell them to restaurants and hotels to be served as delicatessen. As soon as the turtles are born, they are released on the shore by sunset. The surfing turtle lodge is doing a great job for the turtle foundation.

Ironically the party here exists for the most part of backpackers, this is not a big surprise because you will not find it in the booklets of your touroperator. But it differs not to much from a holliday on and Costa on the Spanish coast. There is not much you can do here than lying on the beach, try the catch a wave with a surfboard, but don’t expert to much of the waves, relax and do nothing. In the afternoon, about 2 pm the crew will bring you the party with their alcoholic drinking games. Now the ironic part… When I talk to backpackers at home in the bar, on a datingsite or wherever, they “hate” such hollidays and think people who love them are dull. Now I found out backpackers do the same on there “secret spots” and they love it :D.

The things I liked the most here is getting up at 5:00 – 5:30, enjoy the sunrise and take a barefoot walk on the beach and the swamp. This morning I did a 10km bearfoot run on the beach, it was not that joyfull at that moment because I’ve got borred after a few kilometers but running on barefoot was great. Other highlights are… all the sunsets, being whitness of a sea turtle laying her eggs and releasing about 80 newborn turtles which we could truly hold in our hands. For this time I kept the drinking games for the other people, because I enjoyed getting up early to much.

After staying here for 4 days we are ready to leave this “Utopia” behind us and go back to Leon. Our schedule for the next 3 weeks is as following:

  • Back to Leon
  • Daytrip: vulcano boarding on an active vulcano
  • Travel to Granada and stay there for two days
  • Take a free bus to a tree house hostel and stay there for a few days
  • Travel to Rivas for taking the bus to Costa Rica for a mangrove kayak trip
  • Travel back to Rivas to take Some kind of transport to ometepa and stay there for the last days of my holidays. Hike a vulcano, do some snorkeling and maybe a night walk to look for sloths. We will see wat is possible.
  • Go to Mariposa for my last night and leave John there for volunteering as garden man and yoga teacher.

Enjoy the pictures of this Utopia on the pacific coast of Nicaragua.

(P.s.: writing a blog in English with also pictures included is a real pain in the a.. on a Dutch iPad, so don’t try this at home and especcially not during a holiday).

 

Video of saving sea turtles by Dutch Smiling Yogi.

This Olive Ridley sea turtle just laid about 100 eggs

This Olive Ridley sea turtle just laid about 100 eggs

Surfing turtle yoga- and hammoc platform at surf turtle lodge

Surfing turtle yoga- and hammoc platform at surf turtle lodge

I pettet the dog of the security Guy and we walked together.

I pettet the dog of the security Guy and we walked together.

Sunset at surfing turtle lodge

Sunset at surfing turtle lodge

John teaching yoga at the yoga- and hammoc platform

John teaching yoga at the yoga- and hammoc platform

My view from hammoc at the surf turtle lodge

My view from hammoc at the surf turtle lodge

 

Sunrise during my bearfoot morning run at the beach

Sunrise during my bearfoot morning run at the beach