The boatman reached into the Pacific Ocean and scooped out two bedraggled vultures, laying them on the huge pile of rucksacks. Now this tiny narrow rowing boat not only had 10 sweaty backpackers but two enormous soggy birds of prey, making their way from Nicaragua to El Salvador. This border crossing was pretty surreal.

Dub-step played from one of the official’s iPhones at Nicaragua’s border, the landscape was immediately dryer and more baron that Costa Rica’s lush green hills. It was clear that this Central American country was less used to backpackers with local markets only full of local faces. Nicaragua has a slightly edgy feel to it, Read More