Colonial Granada & Lago Cocibolca

This morning we get a little better acquainted with Granada, one of the first Spanish cities in Latin America, founded in 1524. My first impression – I love it here; Granada is charming with a warm, friendly feel, the people are lovely and not of lot of Gringos if only it were not SO hot and humid.

Walking the cobblestone streets we visit first the busy local market where residents do their daily shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables, home made tamales, tortillas, chicken and fish, flowers as well as hardware and clothing. There is a crush of people making it difficult to navigate the narrow aisles.

Homemade Tamales

Homemade Tamales

The Churches

The Streets

 Handmade Shoes

The Family Owned Cigar Shop

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Resident Macaw in the Cigar Shop

Granada sits along the shore of Lago Cocibolca a.k.a. Lake Nicaragua, the widest in Central America and one of the biggest in the world, covering 3,166 sq. miles It is rich in tropical flora and fauna and home to the only species of freshwater shark.  We cruised the small islands just before sunset, it was beautiful and cooler than onshore.  Our guides were fantastic at finding birds among the dense canopy and along the shores.

Green Heron

Green Heron

Norther Jicana

Norther Jicana

Oropendula

Oropendula

White-throated magpie

White-throated magpie

 

 

Black-headed trogon

Black-headed trogon

 

Osprey

Osprey

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And as the sun sets . . .

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