Lake Nicaragua (Lake Cocibolca) © permanently_scatterbrained
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 known locally as Las Isletas, scattered within the lake, are believed to have been the result of a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. The eruption spewed massive rocks out into the lake, which later became 'Las Isletas'. Visitors to Lake Nicaragua can hire a boat and tour the islands while taking in the spectacular scenery and multitude of bird and aquatic life. The lake is also home to the volcanic Ometepe Island with its twin volcanic peaks. 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, but despite the lake's importance in the region tourist infrastructure is not as well-developed as one might imagine.