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El Castillo

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El Castillo is a city in Rio San Juan department of 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.

Get in

You can get in from San Carlos at the south-east corner of the Lago Nicaragua by boat (Cordobas $75 pp = $4 US). Boats leave San Carlos at 6:30 am, 8 am, 10:30 (high season), 12:30, 2:30, 4:30

Get around



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.






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