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Isla Ometepe - The shortest way from New York to California

In 1853 the shortest way from New York to California led through Nicaragua and across lake Nicaragua.
This will probably amaze you as much as it surprised me.

The route was as follows:
From New York by boat to San Juan del Norte (also called Greytown) on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.
From there by river steamer upstream river San Juan to Lake Nicaragua, across the lake to Virgin Bay, then a small overland journey to San Juan del Sur on the Pacific Ocean. From there another boat brought the travelers to San Francisco.

The passage of the Isthmus in Nicaragua was accomplished in about 40 hours.
The whole distance from New York to San Francisco via Nicaragua in 22 to 28 days.
In 1853 it was the shortest and fastest route to California, faster and safer than the overland route through the west of the US.
Steamers by this route sailed once a fortnight. Another steamer left from New Orleans.

Other possibilities were the Panama route and the Cape Horn Route.

The picture shows Lake Nicaragua surrounding the 1.610 m. high Concepción along three sides.
Behind me is volcano Maderas and the viewpoint is located on the lower slopes of this volcano.
A trail to this viewpoint starts near the farm Finca Porvenir, the place where I saw the petroglyphs of the previous picture. The hike is one of the so-called easier walks on the island (especially for those who are still twenty and in good shape :), I know now. For the others it’s a lot of sweating and sighing but at the end you will be rewarded with this view).

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4493 W: 17 N: 10638] (43400)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2018-04-09
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2018-11-10 14:26
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