The magnificent Isletas de Granada
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The last thing we did in Granada was a trip with Tierra Tours to the magnificent Isletas de Granada which was situated only 20 minutes drive from our hotel where we were pick-up again, like the day before. We had planned to do this trip which would last a bit more than 3 hours and then drive to Rivas, San Jorge and then take the ferry to the Island of Ometepe before it became dark there.
We were the only ones taking the trip to the Isletas and we were picked up by the driver from the day before and a new guide. The new guy was a great guy and he spoke a very good English because he had worked as a construction worker in the States for some years before he returned the year before.
It took only 15-20 to drive to a small harbour where our boat for our next 3 hours was situated. We entered the boat that easily could h0ld 25 persons
The islets of Granada or locally Isletas de Granada are located just southeast of the city of Granada. The islets are a group of over 360 small islands which are scattered around the Asese peninsula. The 365 islets are of volcanic origin, and they were formed when the Mombacho volcano blew most of its cone into the lake over 20,000 years ago, thereby creating the archipelago.
Most of islets are covered with unusual vegetation, and are rich with bird life, and bird watching turned out to be quite interesting on the trip. I am not a keen bird watch but I saw; white herons, tiger herons, black and red headed vultures, kingfishers and many more.
Many of the islets are occupied; some are privately owned by incredible rich peoples that had built huge mansions. I remember that our guide said that one of the biggest islands was owned by the riches families in Nicaragua and they owned so much that they probably had forgotten that they owned the island. Many of the rich owners were very seldom on their island and it would therefore be nice to know the caretakers. Other homes were housing the local inhabitants that many relayed on fishing and tourism in order to make a living out there.
We stopped twice and went ashore; the first time was when we visited the fort of San Pablo. The fort of San Pablo was built in order to protect the city of Granada from Pirates in the 18th century. All Nicaragua had over centuries been attacked by pirates and it was therefore a necessity to protect the larger cities from looting. The fort was quite small but it was situated as an outpost protecting the seaway towards Granada. The San Pablo Fort on the Islets has witnessed the battles and conflicts endured during the Colonial Period. Today there was only a young caretaker out there and a parrot; that was all.The second stop was a restaurant island where we had a couple of beers before returning back towards Granada. The trip was nice and relaxing and I would easily recommend it to others to follow our footpaths.