Weekend fun at Lake Nicaragua

Weekend fun at Lake Nicaragua. Locals travel from villages around the region, in buses, to spend time by the biggest lake in Central America.

Lake Nicaragua or Lago Cocibolca which means “sweet sea”, despite being a freshwater lake, contains Bull Sharks that have adapted to freshwater.
The theory to justify the presence of the sharks is that the lake used to be a giant bay, and the connection with the ocean has closed, trapping the sharks that adapted to the freshwater as the water gradually changed from saline to fresh.

The lake with an area of 8,264 km2 is the nation’s premier source of freshwater and a weekend and travel destination for locals and tourists alike.

A recent study about the ecological condition of the lake found out it to be heavily polluted by sewage. Industry around the lake is the prime source of pollution, however, the three major cities around the lake, Granada, Rivas, and San Carlos are not complete innocents.

Praça do Comércio

The Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square) situated near the Tagus river, is still commonly known as Terreiro do Paço because it was the location of the Paços da Ribeira (Royal Ribeira Palace) until it was destroyed by the great 1755 Lisbon earthquake. After the earthquake, the square was completely remodeled as part of the rebuilding of the Pombaline Downtown, ordered by Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquis of Pombal.


The fisherman and his dog

I met Jorge and his dog on those same rocks, at Playa Yankee, where I shot is portrait. He was there, fishing. We talked about the waves, the tides and he told me the name of every single bay and cove our eyes could see. Then, I asked to shoot his portrait, I shot three identical frames and finally, I thanked him and we said goodbye. (shot at Playa Yankee, Nicarágua)

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