Welcome to Zapatera, a relatively undiscovered and almost forgotten island off the Caribbean Sea, not far from El Bambu, about 1,500 kilometers south-east of the capital of Nicaragua.
Welcome to a place full of amazing views. El Bambu is a rocky outcrop containing a large number of small islands, each with its own history and history. The Zapatera lagoon, a crater with a depth of 1.5 meters and an area of 2,000 square meters and is listed in the World Register of National Heritage under the category “Isla Nacional del Norte” (National Heritage).
The tropical forest in Zapatera is home to a variety of animal species, including birds, reptiles, amphibians and even some mammals. The Jaguar has even been spotted. Although local and national authorities have shown little interest, Zapatera is a huge tourist attraction. It is for adventurers, and well worth visiting, especially for those who are interested in wildlife and the natural environment.
From Santa Maria you can walk to the Zapatera Lagoon, you can also walk along the beach or go for a horse ride to visit the site of the petroglyphs. From here you can also see the huge rocks full of carvings, unfortunately some of the carvings have deteriorated over time. There are many tours available, and the boat trips are quite nice, as along the way you can see the Mombacho volcano and the islets of Granada.
Historically the island of Zapatera was owned by a family from Granada, but later it was divided into two lineages by inheritance. During my visit, some petroglyphs were present and they where most interesting.
Zapatera is a great place to visit for the adventurous types. Combining a visit to the island and exploring the Granada region for a unique experience.
If the weather is good and you have time, you can take a four-hour horseback ride to Punta de Figuras, where you will find basalt statues.