The Granade Cathedral can be found in Plaza de Colon, in the center of this beautiful colonial town in Nicaragua. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. The neoclassical style is easily recognized on the building's entrance. There are four chapels in the cathedral. The cathedral has been rebuilt several times since its construction in 1583. The building was completely destroyed in 1856. In the late 19th century, the construction of the new cathedral was halted due to a lack of funding. When new plans were drawn up its construction continued and ended in 1915.
Located on Lake Nicaragua, opposite the town of Granada, there are 365 islets, which were created after an eruption of the volcano Mombacho. For about $15 you can take a boat (fitting 8 people) from the port of Granada. The journey normally takes just under 1 hour and it often visits the island where Fort San Pablo is located (possible to stop to view it) and the islet with a colony of monkeys.
Omotepe Island, in Nicaragua, is at the heart of the huge Lake Nigaragua. The lake is the biggest in Latin America after Lake Titicaca, and one of the 10 biggest in the world! Omotepe is a big island. There are beaches to swim, but the waters of the lake are usually hectic, and windy, so if you want to swim it is better go to the Pacific coast. The island, has 2 volcanoes, Maderas and Concepción, which is still active. With a boat from the shore of the lake and the city of Granada, to reach the village of Moyogalpa, from where you can find a bus that goes around the island and leaves you in the village where you want to stay. If you have no idea where you want to go, you can ask the driver. There are also farms and a hotel with food, rooms with mosquito net and not much else. The prices are great. 2 or 3 euros per person per night, food from 1 euro, and charge to climb the volcanoes.
When I went to Costa Rica, I made a trip to Granada. Nicaragua is very colonial and we travelled its streets in a horse and carriage. We ate at a Hotel called Alhambra (how nice, right?), and bought some artisan crafts. The only downside is that the children would not stop begging. It was a shame, but if you gave to one, you had to give to them all, so I just bought a hand-painted ceramic bird who whistled from one.
Located in Granada, Nicaragua, La Esperanza Granada is a volunteer group that focuses on the education of children. The group was started in 2002 in a small neighborhood on the outskirts of Granada, and it now helps more than 2000 children in impoverished neighborhoods. The volunteers of La Esperanza Granada go to rural schools to help teachers tutor young children, develop sports programs, introduce children to computer management, and teach English as well as help stimulate their interest in learning. Volunteers come from all over the world and work for varying periods of time. No fees are charged for these programs and fundraising is completely voluntary. We try to work in a non-invasive way while working directly with children and local schools, teachers and parents to identify the educational needs of the area.
No words can describe what it's like to spend an evening touring the little islands of Lake Cocibolca in Granada, Nicaragua by boat. You can enjoy the scenery, flora and fauna, as well as the tranquility of one of the largest lakes in the world.