Thursday, March 8, 2018

Day 1: Des Moines to Nicaragua

Our travel day began with our group meeting at the Des Moines airport at 9:45 am. After realizing that the self check-in kiosks were not working, we had to check in as a group at the Delta counter. Lots of student groups were traveling with Delta, so it was very busy and chaotic, but once we were checked in we made it through security fairly quickly and our flight left on time for Atlanta at 11:40 am. 

Ready to start our Nicaragua and Costa Rica adventure!

 In Atlanta we had several hours layover, so we charged phones, played card games, and a few of us ate a late lunch.

Leaving Atlanta

Our flight to Managua departed at 6:20pm. It was a fairly short flight (only 3-1/2 hours) and no meal was served. But we were able to pass the time watching movies and TV shows.

We landed at 9pm and made our way through Customs, which included paying $10 and getting a tourist visa card. Once through Customs, we met our tour guide Wendy, loaded our bus, and drove about an hour to Granada. During the drive we ate a late dinner of a chicken sandwich while Wendy talked about expectations for travelers and tomorrow's itinerary.

We arrived at our hotel, Los Chilamates, at 10:30pm.

  Tomorrow will be a tour of Granada, including the Convento San Francisco and a boat tour on a lake.

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