It is located in Lake Cocibolca, it was declared under Decree 11-94 on February 4, 1983 and published in Gazette No. 30 on February 5, 1983. Its extension is approximately 12,490 hectares; It has a series of sites that, due to their physical characteristics and the wealth of water resources, flora and fauna they possess, constitute an important tourist resource not only at the level of the area of ​​influence but also regional and national.

Zapatera Island is an inactive volcano and is part of the volcanic chain that crosses the Nicaraguan Pacific strip from north to south. Its geographical structure is mountainous, it is occupied in the central zone by part of the old cone that is currently a wide hill with a maximum height of 629 meters above sea level; around this there are other smaller hills and some valleys.


Sunset on Zapatera Island

In the wooded areas it is possible to find an interesting wildlife with species such as the whitetail deer, tigrillos, guardatinajas, armadillos; the locals even speak of jaguars, as well as birds such as hawks, orioles, toucans, parrots and chocoyos. On its coasts there are abundant fish, such as mojarras, guapotes and even king shad. Around the Zapatera island there are more than 10 islands and islets with different sizes; the largest are Isla del Muerto, Jesús Grandes, El Plátano and El Armado; forming together the Zapatera Archipelago.

It also has the archaeological resource which, since the last century has been the most outstanding aspect of the place since it is possible to observe in abundance the pre-Columbian rock art, monuments, ceramics and petroglyphs.


  • Observation of flora and fauna
  • Landscaping, taking a tour of the Hill of the Flags located on this island.
  • Visit the Dead Island, to know the pre-Columbian sanctuary that contains an enormous variety of statuary and ceramics.

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The island can only be reached by water from Puerto Asese or Muelle de Granada, transportation is not offered on a daily basis, so a private trip must be hired that lasts approximately one hour and is normally offered by the people of the community.