El Castillo (Nicaragua)
El Castillo de la Imaculata Concepcion, located on the San Juan river of Nicaragua, was built in the 1670's to protect Lake Nicaragua and its ports, mainly Granada and Leon. Construction began shortly after an attempt was made by the pirate Gallardito to take control of the port of Granada and all the profits gained by its trade industry.
You can get in from San Carlos at the south-east corner of the Lago Nicaragua by boat (Cordobas $90 pp = $4 US). Boats leave San Carlos at 6:30 am, 8 am, 10:30, 12:30, 2:30, 3:30 4:30 the last boat leaving El Castillo for San Carlos is a 2:00 pm
It's a walking town, no cars or motorcycles.
Reading a book in the library which is right inside the castillo. Listen to the sounds of the village and the water running down the river while reading Edouardo Galleanos book Las Venas abiertas de Latinoamerica.
There are fast boats and slow boats to San Carlos.
The fast boat takes 1.5-2 hours and costs 170 cordobas. First departure at 5:15am M-Sat. Other departures throughout the day, check with the hostels.
The slow boat takes 3 hours and costs 90 cordobas. First departure at 5am M-Sat. Other departures as well, check with the hostels or tourist office.
The last boat departing El Castillo for San Carlos is at 2:0 pm