After a breakfast of Gallo Pinto, eggs, fried plantains, and coffee we rolled down to the docks. We paid the port tax to the capitalist pigs before boarding the ferry named after comrade Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
The image of Guevara, taken by Alberto Korda, is likely one of the most reproduced images in the world. It definitely is a prominent icon in Central America. It seems to have morphed into a counter-culture symbol, along with those that believe in his ideals, to a generic representation of an anti-authoritarian stance.
Arriving back on the mainland, we were dogged by the constant, forceful headwinds that for us are a bane, but are boon to the local economy. From the island we had seen a large wind farm and at night the flashing red safety lights reminded us of their presence.
Sarah caught in rush hour
Some people consider the wind turbines eye-sores. I find the fluid movement of the blades visually mesmerizing and the combined sound of the machinery and the blades moving through the air, calming.
Regardless of the aesthetics, the Amayo Project has been a welcome addition to Nicaragua’s national grid. Nicaragua has the lowest electricity generation in Central America, as well as the lowest percentage of the population with access to electricity. Prior to the addition of the project, the effective generation capacity was about 650MW (a typical coal plant is about 600 MW in size). In 2009, the Amayo Project began operation, supplying 40MW to the grid, later expanded to a total of 60MW (1 MW would power between 750 and 1000 homes in the USA).
We stocked up on water and food before searching for the ideal camping spot on the lake. We found an almost ideal spot within 10 miles of the border with Costa Rica. The view across the lake was memorable and a fitting last evening in Nicaragua.