I had been living and traveling in Nicaragua for ten and a half months and had not been camping. Granted I practically slept outside many times but never in a tent at a campsite. I was happy to serendipitously discover this option while researching ways to visit Zapatera Island and Isla El Muerto. Christian from El Bambu Ecolodge offered a camping trip to provide more time on the island and to explore the surrounding sites. Anytime the mode of transportation involves a bumpy dirt rode and a wooden boat I know the journey is bound to be exciting. I was picked up in Granada and off we went bouncing down a long dirt road behind Volcano Mombacho. We loaded up the boat with bags, the gorgeous mascot Chele, a blonde silky sweet dog, fresh fish for dinner and camping supplies. Here are a few scenes from the experience. If you are an island dreamer, volcano admirer, petroglyph seeker, and lover of disappearing into nature, don’t miss this Nicaraguan experience. The next two days were complete with meals of deliciously prepared gallo pinto, plantains, and fried fish on a smokey wood fire, howler monkey hijinks right overhead, visits with the neighboring family hotels and businesses, tours in the wooden boat, swims, and walks to turtle filled lagoons.