Golden Princess Reaches Nicaragua


San Juan del Sur Panorama

San Juan del Sur Panorama

On March 25, 2015, the Golden Princess arrived at our next destination — the smallish fishing village of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, on the narrow Isthmus of Rivas that separates Lake Nicaragua from the Pacific Ocean.

San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur

Quaint San Juan del Sur has a population of less than 16,000.  For our purposes this day it served as a jumping off point for a tour northbound that would include a trip to Granada and a boat ride on the 19th largest lake in the world, a lake so large that early Spanish explorers mistook it for a sea until they discovered its waters were fresh rather than salty.  Returning from our boat tour would also take us to a large crater lake in the caldera of an extinct volcano.

San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur

We arrived in San Juan del Sur early that morning, so the photos you see here were taken much later that afternoon upon our return to the ship.

San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur

If San Juan del Sur looks familiar to fans of the Survivor series, that’s because this and the surrounding areas were the locations for Survivor: Nicaragua (2010), Survivor: Redemption Island (on an island in Lake Nicaragua, 2011), Survivor: San Juan del Sur (2014), and Survivor: Worlds Apart (2015).  I’ve never watched Survivor, but it would appear that’s one show that’s in a severe location rut, even if the location is on the exotic side.

San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur

We boarded transportation and headed to the city of Granada, population around 124,000 and home to Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral.

Granada — Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Catedral de Granada)

Granada — Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Catedral de Granada)

The streets of Granada are immaculate, the buildings both colorful and picturesque, and the scenery delightful, as you can see here.

Granada

Granada

The streets were not quite as devoid of people as the photographs here might lead you to believe.  I allowed our tour group to get well ahead, and then waited for breaks in the number of people as I composed shots.

Granada

Granada

Nevertheless, I wouldn’t say Granada was exactly teeming with humanity.

Granada

Granada

On Wednesday I’ll present more images of the cathedral and the areas surrounding it.  Before I leave you today, however, I’m going to display my one good shot of the Apoyo Lagoon Natural Preserve and the lake that fills the volcanic caldera located there.  The lake is 4.1 miles/6.6 kilometers in diameter and 575 feet/175 meters deep.

Apoyo Crater

Apoyo Crater

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