Nicaragua’s old fortress gains popularity as tourist site

Published on : Monday, May 23, 2016

Nicaragua’s old fortressA 341-year-old fortress in southern Nicaragua is fast gaining popularity as a tourist attraction. The town of El Castillo, in southern Rio San Juan province, was formerly a bastion against English pirates.

 
It owes its name to the local fortress – “El Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepcion,” built by the Spanish in 1673-1675.

 
The remote town is accessible only by small boat and has about 4,000 residents, who make their livings mainly from agriculture, fishing and tourism.

 
Both domestic and foreign tourists come to the area to make night trips to see caimans on the riverbanks and experience the Indio Maiz nature preserve, more than 2,600 square kilometers (1,000 square miles) in area and designated as a biosphere preserve by Unesco in 2003.

 
Tourists come here mainly from Germany, the United States, Spain and Italy.

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