Lake Nicaragua has a surface area of 8,264 Km 2. The Indigenous people called the Lake “Cocibolca and the Spanish called it “Mar Dulce” or Sweet Sea. They thought the lake to be an ocean due to its size.
The 365 island archipelago formed with Volcan Mombaho erupted 20,000 years ago. The islands are currently inhabited by local fishermen plus wealthier individuals who have a vacation home. There is also a fortress called Fortin de San Pablo. This was built by the Spanish to prevent pirate attacks on Granada.
The islands vary in size from 10mt2 to more than 100 hectares. There are lots of local and migratory birds such as crows, buzzards, hawks, and herons as well as fish such as the Caribbean bull shark, saw fish, and Gaspar.
Approximately 1,200 people live on all of the islands.
Chichigalpa is a town and municipality in the Chinandega Department of Nicaragua.
Chichigalpa is known as the town of sugar and rum, as it forms the center of these two industries in the Chinandega Department of Nicaragua. The municipality of Chichigalpa covers some 225 square kilometers, bordered by Leon, Cordillera Los Maribios, El Realejo, Chinandega and Posoltega. Situated some 130 kilometers from Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, Chichigalpa can be easily reached via the Pan-American Highway. Buses and taxis can transport you to the fascinating town, where you can discover Nicaragua’s sugar industry.
It is believed that the first native people to move to the area of Chichigalpa were the Chorotegas and Niquiranos, who were of Toltec origin. They were said have moved here from the north where they had been forced out by the Aztecs. The Niquiranos Indians resided in small villages, leading a simple life, less advanced than that of the Incans and Aztecs.
Chichigalpa has a tropical wet and dry climate, with the wet season from May to October and the dry season from November to April. The average temperature is about 20°C with about 1.34 mm of precipitation a year. As a result much of the terrain in the Chichigalpa Municipality is made up of plains covered in reeds and crops. The beaches are popular with visitors, as is the volcanic Los Maribios with hikers.
Standing amidst vast fields of sugarcane in Chichigalpa is Ingenio San Antonio. This is the country’s largest sugar refinery. It was established by the Pellas family in 1890. The Pellas family also owns the Compañía Licorera, which uses the sugar to create its exceptional liquors, including Flor de Caña, Toña, Ron Plata and Victoria. For over a century this development has been a vital part of Nicaragua’s history and culture. Guided tours of the distillery and can processing plant are available on request. Flor De Caña has come to be known as one of Latin America’s best rums since was introduced in 1937. Since 2000 it has received over 100 international awards and is highly recommended by top wine and liquor aficionados.
Another attraction to the town of Chichigalpa is the Virgen de la Candelaria celebrations, which take place annually on the third of February. So if you’d like to find out more about how rum is made, be sure to include a visit to the Chichigalpa and the Flor de Caña factory on your itinerary when touring Nicaragua.
El presidente del Hotel Xalteva D. Jay Snyder se enorgullece en anunciar la alianza de sus encantadores condominios boutique en la ciudad colonial de Granada, con la naturaleza y los viajes emocionantes de aventura que ofrece el eco-tour operador Café Las Flores/ Mombotours. Olvídate de los problemas y tribulaciones que la vida te lanza y déjate llevar por la belleza de Nicaragua. Para obtener más información, por favor visite su sitio web:
Hotel Xalteva president D. Jay Snyder is proud to announce the alliance of his enchanting boutique condominiums in the colonial city of Granada, with the exciting nature and adventure journeys offered by eco-tour operator Café las Flores/Mombotours. Forget about the challenges and tribulations that life throws at you and lose yourself in the beauty of Nicaragua. For more information, please visit their website: