Our first full day in Granada started early. The heat there gets pretty intense as the day goes on. So, if you want to get anything done and avoid heat stroke, the you better do it in the morning or late afternoon. My travel buddy Erwan (who speaks much better Spanish than I do) arranged for a boat to take us to the series of small islands off of the Granada coast. The islands are within a volcanic lagoon known as Apoyo and is home to fresh water bull sharks. Keep those fingers in the boat.
We visited an old Spanish fort built to protect the city, we saw an island full of monkeys and watched fishermen ply their trade. Photographically and experientially, it was pretty exceptional. I particularly enjoyed getting to see a fisherman casting his net for fresh water perch and bass. He bobbed in the brown water, untangling his net and throwing the weighted mesh into the murk then diving down to the bottom to straighten it. Inside his spritely colored wooden boat, the planked bottom held a few inches of water and served as a live well. Gigantic perch thrashed in the shallow water as the fisherman’s tanned feet braced against the sides of the boats when he took up his hand carved paddle.
The shore of Lake Nicaragua is dotted with steep-sided islets, many of which hold everything from luxury homes to humble shacks and seafood restaurants. Each tiny island looks like a cinder cone pushed up from one of the many volcanos that surround the area. They are draped with mangroves, bananas and coconut palms. It is a unique environment and certainly worth a visit if you are in the area.
Here are some pictures from the day.