Jan 01, 2014
May 01, 2014
If you walk due east from Granada for 20 minutes you reach Lake Nicaragua. It’s big, it’s beautiful and it’s got sharks. It also has an archipelago of tiny islands known as Las Isletas. The guide books all say it has 365 of them but I suspect the definitions of ‘island’ and ‘rock’ are interchangeable so that the number happens to coincide with the number of days in year. No matter - they are very beautiful. They are full of wildlife, in particular a variety of bird species. We took a two hour trip around them with our guide, Franklin, organised through our hotel Con Corazon. There is an entire living and working community on the islands; they have a school on one island, a cemetery on another, a couple of restaurants and bowling alley. OK, there's not a bowling alley - I made that up - just making sure you're paying attention. It’s not quite self sufficient because it relies on the mainland for supplies and tourism for revenue, but it’s still quite interesting. A few of wealthy Nicos (as Nicaraguans are called - to keep up with the Ticos - the Costa Ricans) and a few American ex-pats have bought islands there and built homes. Possibly the result of watching too many Bond films as children? If you want an evil lair to plan world domination, look no further. For a moment there we were tempted to sell up on the Holloway Road and purchase a piece of the action but it wasn’t for us - there wasn’t a Waitrose in sight! The tour was great, though. Hopefully you can get a feel for it from the photos.