After leaving El Transito for the first time we made our way south to Popoyo. On the way we dropped Jurek off at the junction to El Gigante. In Popoyo we stayed at some very rustic, and to my knowledge unnamed accommodations at the end of the road where Viki’s brother had stayed at previously.
Popoyo is one of the most popular breaks in Nicaragua and there can easily be 30 people crammed into the narrow take-off. We surfed it a few times but didn’t stay long on account of the crowds, the heavy “Let’s go to the beach and fight” localism vibe, and the intimidating shallow reef. We decided to take a little break from surfing and head inland to check out Isla de Ometepe with Caju and our new friends Ieva and Rebecca. Isla de Ometepe is a large island formed by two volcanoes in Lake Nicaragua. It was a quick three day visit and we squeezed in a nice hike to San Ramon Waterfall and went to the swimming hole Ojo de Agua.