The Mombacho volcano towers over the city of Granada along the shores of Lake Nicaragua. It tops out at 1345 meters, dwarfed by the volcano peaks we saw along the Andes in Ecuador. However, the steep slopes form an island of biodiversity. Vegetation and wildlife vary with elevation and above 800 meters the volcano becomes a cloud forest with bromeliads, ferns and mosses clinging to the trees. Most days the upper reaches of the volcano are obscured by cloud cover but on the day we visited, we had cloud free views from the mountain.
We were told that he’s called Pedro. He was apparently the designated representative to greet our boat when we stopped by Monkey Island. This island is very small, only about a hop, skip and small jump to get across it. We’re told that this is the only island out of the 360 small islands which dot this part of Lake Nicaragua to have monkeys and that there are 4 who live here.