Lake Cocibolca :: Nicaragua
Lake Cocibolca, today’s interesting destination, is known by many names: Lake Nicaragua, Lake Granada, Sweet Sea, Great Lake, Great Sweet Lake, and probably a few others. Despite its many names, Lake Cocibolca is singular among the more fascinating and beautiful places on the planet. For one thing, this massive body of water (3,191 square miles) is the only freshwater habitat in the world that continually houses a population of sharks. And Bull sharks at that! It was found that they travel back and forth to the Caribbean Sea utilizing the rapids of the connecting San Juan River (a journey of over 100 miles!). Generally these hardy predators tend to stay in the deeper waters away from swimmers. And good thing too; because their vast sandy shores are a huge draw for locals and tourists alike. Located in Nicaragua, some of the more popular destinations in and around the lake include the city of Granada, Ometepe Island, and Zapatera Island.
If you’re looking for high flying adventure, make your way to Zapatera Island. This is the place to go for extreme nature hikes and awesome zip lining. Because of the island’s protected status, the sheer variety of wildlife here is outstanding. In addition, though it’s an archeological “gold mine”, it’s still relatively unknown by tourists, making it a truly unique and beautiful experience. Expect to see amazing tropical birds like the parrots and parakeets along with lots of vivacious and chatty Howler monkeys. In certain small pockets of the surrounding forest, there are even still jaguars prowling the lush jungle floor. Clearly Lake Cocibolca isn’t just a “one trick pony”; no in fact it’s a “horse of a different color”. From gloriously well preserved architecture, to fantastic natural landscapes, to fine dining and adventure, it’s all here. When you are surrounded by its beautiful flora, friendly people, and oodles of things to do you’ll see why Lake Cocibolca is one vacation destination you won’t soon forget.
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