Lake Nicaragua (Lake Cocibolca) © Eric Molina
Lake Nicaragua (sometimes referred to as Lake Cocibolca) is Central America's largest lake and the 10th largest body of fresh water in the world. A number of attractions apart from its size make Lake Nicaragua remarkable and interesting for visitors. For instance, Lake Nicaragua is one of the only freshwater bodies of water in the world that contains sharks. The Nicaragua sharks, or bull sharks, inhabit the depths of the lake and are a rare sight for even the most devoted tourists. Mombacho Volcano towers over this vast body of water, and the collection of small islands scattered within the lake, known locally as 'Las Isletas', are believed to be the result of a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago, which spewed massive rocks out into the lake. The lake is also home to the volcanic Ometepe Island with its twin volcanic peaks.
Visitors to Lake Nicaragua can hire a boat and tour the islands while taking in the spectacular scenery and diverse bird and aquatic life. The cities of Granada, San Carlos, San Jorge and San Miguelito are all located on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, making it easily accessible for tourists. However, despite the lake's importance in the region, tourist infrastructure is not as well developed as one might imagine.