Wildlife at Home on a Micro Island

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Tucked away on a private island on Lake Nicaragua, Jicaro Island Lodge is a quick boat ride away from a diverse range of habitats, from lowland jungles to cloud forests perched on the edge of volcanoes. Its great position makes the intimate luxury retreat ideal for guests who want to combine relaxation with nature treks and wildlife spotting. Accompanied by knowledgeable guides, guests can explore the surrounding islands and the mainland wilderness. On the cloud forest trails of the Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve, discover unique plants and wildlife, including the tiny Mombacho salamander, a species endemic to the area, and more than 30 species of reptiles, monkeys and birds. If you opt for the Puma Trail, you may even get lucky and spot a puma; a few of these felines still roam the volcano and, though rare, sightings do happen.

Birdwatchers are in luck at Jicaro; each of the nine casitas comes with a bird flash card, which guests can use to identify colorful local birds like montezuma’s oropendula, ringed kingfisher, purple gallinule and northern jacana. To discover where these birds live and nest, take a tour by kayak, one of the more scenic ways to experience the islands that dot the lake.

Just a short boat ride away from the gorgeous colonial town of Granada, Jicaro Island Lodge offers nine casitas, each showcasing two-level accommodations with large master bedrooms, living areas, decks and sweeping views of the Mombacho Volcano and the Sweet Sea, as the lake is known to locals. Facilities include a large open kitchen and restaurant, a pool with lounge area, a lakeside yoga deck, a floating deck, and a private massage and wellness center. Jicaro Island Lodge is one of the newest members of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a prestigious collection of retreats around the globe.

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