- Cruise the largest lake in Central America
- See the 365 islets created by ancient volcanic eruption
Lake Nicaragua, besides being the largest in Central America, is also distinctive for its famous islets. There are 365 of them, created by rocks thrown from the crater when the nearby Mombacho Volcano erupted thousands of years ago. With this Nicaragua gift experience you’ll explore a serene natural environment by boat, pausing for a traditional lunch on one island, and getting to know the monkey inhabitants of another, with plenty of opportunity for swimming in-between. Beginning with a tour of the historically significant city of Granada on the shore of the lake, this is a day-trip to remember for years to come.
Of the 365 islets in Lake Nicaragua, many are completely uninhabited but for a few palm trees, while others are privately owned and have property built on them. One of the most well-known holds the fort of San Pablo, which was constructed to protect Granada from Caribbean pirates, and you’ll visit the fort before arriving on Monkey Island. Some of the islets are so close to each other that you can swim or canoe between them, while the entire area is rich in bird life. Book now for a fantastic nature excursion from San Juan del Sur.