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Zapatera Island

Department: Granada

Municipality: Granada (view on map)

Type: Volcanoes

Height
629 meter
Volcano Type
Volcanic complex
Latest Eruption
unknown

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Description

Zapatera Island is located inside Lake Nicaragua, just as Ometepe Island. The Zapatera Island, however, measures only about 70 km and is inhabited by a very small group of people. The old volcano does not show any signs of eruption anymore, and the island it has left is nowadays densely forested. Zapatera Island was inhabited by indigenous tribes and it houses many archaeological sites. Ancient statues and artefacts have been found in great quantities on the island, and many are still buried there. In the San Francisco Museum in Granada you can find a collection of statues from Zapatera.

The island can be seen from the mainland (from Granada), as well as from the boat that brings you to Ometepe Island. Although Zapatera offers some very attractive features (nature, archaeological sites), the island is not frequently visited by tourists. However, visiting the island is possible although it requires some effort (there is not much tourism infrastructure available).

Getting There

To reach this volcano it is necessary to take a boat on the coasts of Granada. There is no regular public transportation, so the trip must be arranged with the boat drivers at the dock in Asese. Another option is to arrange the trip, in advance, with the staff of the only hotel and hostel of the island.