This blogpost is especially for Natasja (who claims that she’s stalking us all the way from Stellenbosch), Selma (my architect friend in Johannesburg) and my mom in Pretoria. Thanks for reading and keeping me motivated to write about our adventures!
Do you like my Nicaragua shirt? These shirts are sold all over the country at very low prices. Every tourist who’s been to Nicaragua probably owns a shirt like this.
We took a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua while we were in Granada. The boat took us past some of the 365 islets (mini islands) in the lake. The islets were formed when the Mombacho volcano blew much of its cone into the lake thousands of years ago, thereby creating the archipelago. Most of islets are covered with plants and trees.
Some of the islets have small houses on, while others have giant mansions on top.
The size of the islets differ. We saw a few ‘for sale’ signs. I would love to own an island!
We stopped at one of the larger islets for drinks at a restaurant.
The logo and label of Toña beer reminds me of a tropical island. I also bought a shirt with the Toña logo on.
After our drinks, our guide took us to the Monkey islet. Monkeys were imported to live on this islet.
We saw about seven monkeys.
They live on the food they get from tourist boats. One monkey has no tail – it was damaged when it touched a electrical cable on the island.
This fat guy climbed onto our boat to get food. Clearly he does not have a healthy diet. His tail held onto the branches behind him, so that he could return to his home if the boat pulled away.
We saw the sunset while we were on the boat. What gorgeous colours!
Us with our guide. We thought he was a nice guy, but in the end he tried to rip us off with the exchange rate between Dollars and Cordobas.
There are so many volcanoes in Nicaragua. We went to the top of three of these volcanoes! Can you see the volcano in the picture below?
If you ever visit Granada, I highly recommend a boat trip through the islets, but be wary – all the boat guys seem to work together to milk tourists for more money. I would rather book a trip through a hostel, than negotiating at the lake.