Granada, Nicaragua

At the end of May, I took a few days off from work in Monteverde to visit Granada and San Juan del Sur in SW Nicaragua. Granada, founded in 1524, is the oldest European settlement in the hemisphere, and sits at the base of the volcano Mombacho (1344 m) on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. The city itself is stunning and vibrant, filled with restored colonial architecture, and has an attractive sense of place and respect to its historical/cultural heritage. Lake Nicaragua, too, is a wonder: with the perfect twin volcanic cones of Isla Ometepe jutting from the seamless blue horizon, and bull sharks plying its depths, it’s a deeply romantic landscape.

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