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Solentiname Islands on Lake Nicaragua

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A January 2001 trip to Solentiname Islands by Tropic

Hotel Mancarron Photo, Solentiname Islands, Nicaragua More Photos
Quote: Solentiname is an small archipelago situated on eastern Lake Nicaragua. This large freshwater lake creates its own mystical feeling with its mirror like surface giving the individual islands a sense of being suspended in the air, seen strangely hovering with their surrounding myriad of birdlife and vivid tropical color.

Solentiname Islands on Lake Nicaragua

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Overview

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Traveling from Costa Rica by boat to the Nicaraguan town of San Carlos, a crossroad at the beginning of the great Rio San Juan, we felt as if we had stepped back in time to another age and experienced the smells, insects, noise and bustle of a near medieval town market. Everything needed to eat, wear, work or play with was on sale here and bartered for with lots of laughter, back slapping and toothless smiles. Not much actual money appeared to change hands. After getting our immigration papers and paying local fees in US dollars, we departed by boat across the placid freshwater lake. Our destination was the island of Mancarron where we were greeted by local friends, happy to welcome us an...Read More

Hotel Mancarron

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Hotel

Hotel Mancarron Photo, Solentiname Islands, Nicaragua
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There are ten double apartment cabins with comfortable twin beds, copious cold water showers and lots of storage room. At midday, the shower is actually hot from the solar heating on the exposed connecting pipes. The large rooms are screened and have floor fans, though warm in the day, the evenings are cool and The Hotel is situated on a hill about 200 meters walk along a trail from the pier on the island of Mancarron. the cross ventilation helps to keep the rooms refreshed. Electric power is on only from 5 to 10 PM and there is good lighting along the inter-cabin walkways. Be sure to keep the doors closed at all times since various members of the local wildlife can quickly enter the rooms and cause...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2001

Hotel Mancarron
Isla Mancarron
Solentiname Islands, Nicaragua

Hotel Mancarron

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Restaurant

Hotel Mancarron Photo, Solentiname Islands, Nicaragua
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Dining is an experience in local cooking and prepared from a menu dictated by available market supply being mainly of fish and chicken with local vegetables. Most times it is served buffet style and offers a combination of cold and hot dishes. Drinks are also tropical fruit juices and local bottled beer. If there is a need to have an early breakfast, some notification should be made the evening before so that this can be prepared before leaving in the morning to birdwatch or undertaking a fishing trip. Breakfast is usually a combination of rice and beans with eggs or fried sausage, fresh fruit and toast, coffee or fresh tropical juices. Tea is very rare and not quite what one would expect. Bottled ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2001

Hotel Mancarron
Isla Mancarron
Solentiname Islands, Nicaragua

Solentiname Islands

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Story/Tip

Fish Chair Photo, Solentiname Islands, Nicaragua
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Nearly every house on the different islands of Solentiname have some artist or artisan living there. It is best to arrange to visit them all first to see what there is and what is interesting. Some islands have more of the balsa carvings and others offer very beautiful primitive art paintings, treasured among many international collectors. There is a museum with a very good collection of artwork and information on the local ecological and cultural condition of the islands. The short boat trip to the various islands is also a great experience and one can reserve different pieces for later purchase once a price is agreed upon with a simple handshake. ...Read More

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Rainbow Bass or Guapote fishing

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Attraction

Rainbow Bass or Guapote fishing Photo, Solentiname Islands, Nicaragua
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The freshwater angling around the islands of Solentiname is considered the best for Rainbow Bass or Guapote. These are usually found along the shore and shallow reefs in the early morning and later in the day, trolling deep diving lures and flies between the rocky passes of the islands will produce larger fish. There are also a large numbers of Machacas and Mojarras to be caught when casting top water lures or poppers under overhanging trees or bird roosts. The water is calm in the morning and evening, but later in the day the wind usually creates rough conditions and the best fishing is only possible on the protected sides of the islands and in the bays. Guapote average 6 lbs. and are very good eati...Read More

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Rainbow Bass or Guapote fishing
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Solentiname Islands, Nicaragua

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