“All journeys eventually end in the same place, home.” ― Chris Geiger
I’ve taken pictures of our La Paloma airport strip on Ometepe Island for over ten years (See the links below). It came as no surprise when we were traveling through Ecuador, that I received a notice that our new airport opened. It was finished in 2012. We waited so long, we actually forgot about it, even though it is located two properties away from our house. That’s Nicaragua!
Can someone please post pictures of the grand opening for me? I posted on Facebook. Sadly, no one except for important dignitaries from Managua and Ometepe Island were invited. Our house sitters heard the party, but they thought it was a religious parade. That’s Nicaragua!
Not to be left behind, I’m flying out of our new airport to Managua next Sunday. From Managua, I’m flying to the states for my mother’s birthday. When I return, I’ll fly from Managua back to Ometepe Island and walk home with my backpack. Convenience at its best.
La Costena operates the flights to and from Ometepe Island. The flights leave and return on Thursday and Sunday. A one way ticket costs $50, which is cheaper than my usual $60 taxi fee to Managua, plus the cost of the ferry to the mainland. It sure beats an hour’s ferry ride and a two-hour hot drive to Managua. The biggest plus is that you can book online.
We’ve watched the planes come in and take off on Thursday and Sunday. The noise is minimal. It’s not at all what I expected in living beside an airport. I want to take the kayak out on Thursday to get pictures of the plane arriving from Managua.
I’ll be sure to post lots of pictures of my inaugural flight. I’m so excited. If anyone is planning a trip to Ometepe Island, be sure to check out the flight schedule of La Costena. You can really walk to our house from the airport!! I’m going to have to start advertizing our casita for rent. Within walking distance of the new La Paloma airport.
All journeys eventually end in the same place…home! Absolutely true in our case!
My other blog posts about the history of the La Paloma airport on Ometepe Island
From the New York Times