Discovering Lake Nicaragua: The Largest Lake In Central America

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Lake Nicaragua is not only the largest lake in Central America, but at 3,100 square miles, it is the largest body of fresh water between the Great Lakes of North America and Lake Titicaca on the Bolivia-Peru border.The aboriginal name for this lake, Cocibolca, means "sweet sea". It is the largest lake in Central America and one of the very few, or perhaps the only, freshwater lake to have sharks, although their numbers have dropped precipitously.

The adventurous are rewarded by the splendor of volcanoes, jungle villages, placid lakes, and pristine beaches, untouched islands, like you'll find boating in Lago de Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America and home to rare freshwater sharks. Or perhaps you'll discover a remote surf break on the southwestern Pacific coast.

Largest Lake In Central America Nicaragua is home to the largest lake in Central America locally known as Cocibolca or Lake Nicaragua. Nearly 20% of the total landmass of Nicaragua is set aside in 78 different National Parks and protected areas.

People considered digging a canal through either Nicaragua or Panama-if they had used Nicaragua, they would have dug a canal to Lake Nicaragua (the largest lake in Central America), then another one away from it. Instead, it was dug through the Isthmus of Panama.

The largest Central American nation, Nicaragua, is full of parks and reserves and more lakes than any other Central American nation. Located between Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south and with long coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua is about one-third tropical rainforests and is split in half by a mountain range scattered with volcanoes.

Also known as La Mar Dulce (the Sweet Sea), Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America and the tenth largest freshwater lake in the world. Forty-five rivers flow into the lake and it is home to the worlds only species of freshwater shark.

The lake is connected to the Caribbean Sea by the San Juan River, historically making the lakeside city of Granada, Nicaragua an Atlantic port although it is closer to the Pacific. The lake has a history of Caribbean pirates which assaulted nearby Granada on three occasions.[1]. Despite draining into the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific Ocean is near enough to be seen from the mountains of Ometepe.

Before construction of the Panama Canal, a stagecoach line owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt's Accessory Transit Company connected the lake with the Pacific across the low hills of the narrow Isthmus of Rivas. Plans were made to take advantage of this route to build an interoceanic canal, the Nicaragua Canal, but the Panama Canal was built instead. In order to quell competition with the Panama Canal, the U.S. secured all rights to a canal along this route in the Bryan-Chamorro Treaty of 1916. However, the idea of another canal in Nicaragua still periodically resurfaces. Ecocanal is one of these projects.

Source: By Daily Hot News

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