My companion pointed upwards. “That’s where we’re headed,” she said as we headed north over the suspension bridge and gazed at the statue of Jesus Christ, perched high on the hill.
Sometime or other while you were deciding on San Juan del Sur you will probably have seen a photo of this colossal statue silhouetted against the sky.
Erected in 2009, it’s quickly become an iconic landmark and geographical reference point for the town. At 24 meters (77.8 feet), it’s one of the 10 largest Jesus statues in the world.
We followed the road into La Talanguera, in search of the stone steps.
They were easy to find. After a brief pause at the top of this first ascent we turned right on the paved road and followed it higher up the hill. We were now in Pacific Marlin, home to some of the most spectacular real estate and scenery in the San Juan del Sur area.
At the top of the hill is a small parking area (Yes, if you’re feeling wimpy, just drive up). And from there it’s just a final clamber up a set of steep steps and a small fee to pay to the security guard before you reach the statue.
I was not the first to reach the top. My companion – who I have to say, was looking decidedly fresher than I was – stood by the statue staring out at the hills and ocean.
There was San Juan del Sur, laid out in front of us.
Photo Credit : Lauren Stocker
I could see everything. Where we had breakfast, the villa I was staying at and the pedestrian bridge we had just walked over. To my right a glossy white cruise ship at anchor and the jutting headland of Pacific Marlin with its sharply cut cliffs and million dollar views; behind me a series of rugged hills and secluded coves rising and falling into the distance.
The view is a full 360 degrees and well worth the hike (or, ahem, the drive).
I could see that the sky was building for a beautiful sunset and was tempted to stay a while longer. But feeling the pull of dinner we headed down the hill and were quickly catapulted back into downtown San Juan del Sur.
We could see the statue from our dining spot on the beach. Night fell, the spotlights came on and the statue was once again silhouetted against the sky.
Nicaraguans C$ 20
Foreign Tourist US $2
P.S. How about you? Have you been up to the Jesus statue in San Juan del Sur? Is it on your to do list? Either way, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.