Located just off the coast of Granada, one of Nicaragua's most famous colonial cities, the Islets of Granada, known simply as Las Isletas, are an archipelago of 365 volcanic islands of varying sizes. Formed when the Mombacho volcano erupted violently several thousands of years ago, these islands are home to a wide variety of inhabitants.
Las Isletas support a thriving community of local fishermen. The vast majority of the population (approximately 1,200) makes its living off of the land, selling fish to mainland restaurants. From a young age, residents wade into the muddy waters up to their chests, learn how to cast their nets, and pull in their catch.
While some of the islands boast impressive tourist hotels and private mansions, most interesting among them is what many tourists dub "Monkey Island." This rocky outcropping is accessible only by the small boat tours that visit regularly. Cameras and food are allowed, but tourists are warned to not get startled if the monkeys come aboard.
Pulling up to the rocks gives the monkeys their only chance of escape. Far from shy, they feel right at home on the boats and will gladly accept food from passengers in exchange for complimentary grooming.