A very short drive from town to the banks of Lake Nicaragua you have a choice to kayak or take an electric-powered boat through the 365 enchanted islets of Granada. This volcanic archipelago, formed 20,000 years ago when Mombacho Volcano blew most of its cone of massive boulders into the lake, is rich in fauna and flora including caiman, turtles, migrating swallows, and a variety of aquatic birds. The San Pablo Fort is an opportunity to learn about colorful stories of marauding pirates attacking the city during the 18th century.
Depending on time and the day of the week, you visit the local La Esperancita School. Here you have an
opportunity to interact with children and teachers who commute to school by boat, and to learn how your visit benefits the community. Whether or not the school is in session, there are many ways we can interact with the locals of this fishing community to learn about their daily life. After a lakeside lunch, you return to Granada where you get your helmets and mount bikes to explore the charming cobblestone streets of Granada including the market, Cathedral and the Convent of San Francisco, now a museum with elaborate murals depicting Nicaragua’s history in colorful scenes and a vast collection of pre-Columbian statues and pottery. You conclude this day in a chocolate workshop where you learn how to roast, winnow, grind, mix, conch, refine and mold our own piece of chocolate! Overnight at Hotel Plaza Colon.