Lake Nicaragua One of the Most Unique in Central America

June 19, 2012
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Welcome to Lake Nicaragua. When it comes to Latin America, you probably think raging rivers and large ocean bodies like the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. However, while both of these oceans are an important part of the coastline of Nicaragua, Lake Nicaragua exists as the country's largest lake and one of the most unique lakes in Central America.

Pull out a map of Nicaragua and you'll see that Lake Nicaragua seems to take up most of the southwestern corner of the country. With an area of over 3,000 square miles, it's not only the largest in Nicaragua, but the largest in Central America, and the 19th largest in the world. The general geography of the lake seems more like that of the ocean than a lake. From many parts of the lake, there's nothing but calm waters for as far as the eye can see. Other features of the lake include an archipelago of over 300 isles and a few larger islands, including Ometepe. Lake Nicaragua even has the type of marine life you would expect from the ocean, such as sawfish, tarpon, and sharks.

The islets of Lake Nicaragua are worth the visit to the lake alone. Legend has it that hundreds of these islets were formed thousands of years ago after nearby Mombacho Volcano exploded. Keeping this in mind makes sense when exploring the islets and viewing Mombacho in the distance, as it's the volcano that looks like the top has been blown off it. During your Nicaragua tour with International Expeditions, you will drift between these islets, some of which are inhabited by permanent residents and others inhabited by animals, such as monkeys.