From my room at the I could see the shimmering Lake Nicaragua lit up by the morning rays. At 7 am, the tropical air was already hot and steamy. The howler monkeys were already awake, their loud bawls echoing from the jungle surrounding the lake. Birds perched on tree branches were chirping and singing their morning tunes. White lilies and their green pads floated innocently on the calm waters, adding a hint of peace to the scenery.
We were kayaking on the glassy water surface of Lake Nicaragua, Central America’s largest lake. As a natural freshwater lake, it draws all sorts of wildlife to its shores. From cormorants to freshwater fish, the lake is teeming with life. Earlier that morning, we had set off from the Jicaro Island Ecolodge, a luxury resort set on our own private little island rising from the water of Lake Nicaragua. Our friendly guide Julio had promised to bring us around the lake to catch a glimpse of local flora and fauna.
As he assured us, wildlife isn’t the only attraction on Lake Nicaragua. From the lake, we could see and feel the energy of Mombacho Volcano, one of Nicaragua‘s most famous volcanoes. Its rises from a sea of greenery and soars into the blue skies, with clouds hanging over its peak. Here, we also got to meet locals who live on the many islands that dot the lake. A few of them were fishing in their row boats that morning. As we paddled past them, they waved at us, smiling subtly.
Here, diverse wildlife and unique scenery come together to create a beautiful backdrop. I’ll let my photos do the talking for now, enjoy!
A view of Mombacho Volcano from the Lake
A water lily amongst hundreds in Lake Nicaragua
A vibrant Kiskadee bird perched on a branch
Two doves resting on a bare tree branch
A cormorant spreading its wings in the sun to dry off
A turkey vulture waiting for its next prey
Mangoes hanging high on branches over the water
On a row boat, casting out a net to see what fish will be caught today
Catch of the Day: one species of fish out of over 40 in the lake
People living on some of the many islands in the lake make up part of a unique community
Disclaimer: This trip was made possible by Jicaro Island Ecolodge, but all opinions expressed are our own.