Granada, Nicaragua, el 16 de Febrero, 2017
Iglesia de Merced was rebuilt many times but this facade dates from the 1780s-
Inside is a little more modern: 1862-
Iglesia de Xalteva is named after the indigenous tribe that lived here when the Spaniards arrived. Final restorations concluded in 1921 and it's in baroque style-
The views of Granada from the bell tower are excellent-
I went on a 3 hour boat trip in Lago Nicaragua with La Bella Del Mar. It's run by a fellow Canadian. The boat is lovely and could hold 100 people but there were only 8 of us!
There are 365 islands, thanks to the explosions of Volcan Mombacho-
It was lovely spending the afternoon on the lake. We stopped for swimming. The water was really warm and it was fun going in on the water slide. Afterwards, I said farewell to Barb and Reinie and went to my hostel. Reading Facebook, I learned that friends I met in San Pedro La Laguna were here so I met them for a short visit. They are spending the next month in San Juan Del Sur. The travellers world is so small it seems!
Volcan Concepción, on Isla Omotepe is to the left and Volcan Zapatera is on the right. There are 50 volcanoes from the northwest Pacific to Lake Nicaragua. 20% of the land mass is protected and 10% of the world's biodiversity can be found here-
Volcan Mombacho is a strato volcano and 1344 meters high. Its last eruption was in 1570, but it's not dead-
There's a poetry event happening in Central Park. Poets from all over the world read their work in their native tongue. In the 20 minutes I was there, I heard Norwegian, Portugese, English and Spansih.
Looking forward??? to my new tooth tomorrow but especially welcoming my sister Carolyn to Nicaragua!