Important archaeological remains from pre-Columbian communities have been found on Isla Zapatera

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Isla Zapatera

One of the oldest ceremonial islands

With an area of approximately 70 square kilometres, Isla Zapatera is the second biggest island in Nicaragua, after Ometepe, which are both located on Lake Nicaragua (Cocibolca). Inhabited solely by a small group of locals and rarely visited by tourists, the island contains a dormant volcano, which is now covered with dense forest. Several archaeological surveys have confirmed the presence of indigenous communities in ancient times, as well as artefacts and pre-Columbian ceramic remains, a collection of which are shown at the San Francisco Museum in Granada. In spite of its many natural and archaeological attractions, this destination is not regularly frequented by tourists, perhaps because accessing it by the river is hard from the city.

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