Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua

Let’s start this off by clarifying that Ometepe is definitely my favourite destination in Nicaragua and if you’re in the country, you MUST plan a visit!

Formed by two volcanoes rising from lake Nicaragua, Ometepe Island is an absolutely stunning place.

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The entire island is 31km long, based around two volcanoes: Conception – the highest point on the island (1,610 meters) and Maderas – second highest (1,394).

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Clearly, the main thing to do on Ometepe is to hike the volcanoes. Both take around 8-9 hours to fully complete, even if you are in proper hiking shape. (If you are not, you might want to sit this one out :)) While I can only speak to the difficulty of Maderas, I can assure you that it’s no joke!

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A good portion of the climb takes you through a swamp-like terrain and there is simply no avoiding mud covered shoes and clothes..

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.. And legs.

If you’re expecting phenomenal views when you reach the summit, you might as well quell those thoughts right now. The constant mist and cloud cover doesn’t allow for a true ‘money-shot’, but the climb is extremely satisfying nonetheless!

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This little pond (above) will be your final destination, and a nice place to eat lunch while preparing for the not so fun climb back down ; )

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This is the best picture I took from the top of Maderas. It was possible only after the cloud cover dispersed.

In addition to climbing a volcano or two, another popular thing to do in Ometepe is to rent a scooter. For $15 USD per day, you can own the quiet streets throughout the island! Or, you can be cheap and choose the much more inefficient method of taking local buses like I did…

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In my defense, how can you not hop on something this bright and flashy!?

Nevertheless, whether you decide to rent a scooter or choose to ride the local chicken buses, you will see how the local Ometepians (yeah.. I just made that up..) live their lives!

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Overall, Isla Ometepe is quite cheap but things can be a little more expensive than on mainland Nicaragua. Hostels can be found for $10 USD and delicious meals for about $6-$8 USD.

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Two very different pescado (fish) dishes..

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After Costa Rican prices forced me to live on peanut butter toast for a week, I was willing to splurge a little bit for good meals. But make no mistake, there are plenty of $3-4USD meals available on Isla Ometepe – as long as you’re willing to eat fried chicken or hot dogs ; )

Whether you’re coming from San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua or Granada, Nicaragua, you will first have to take a bus to the town of Rivas. From there, you can take a short bus (leaving every 30 minutes-don’t listen to the taxi drivers!) to San Jorge – the ferry port. The ferry to Isla Ometepe costs 50 cordobas (roughly $2USD) and takes an hour to an hour-and-a-half.

While it is a bit of a hassle, don’t let these minor inconveniences dissuade you. Isla Ometepe is awesome and should not be missed! Get there, and enjoy!

 

7 responses to “Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua

  1. Hey dude,

    Looks like an amazing city, im loving that i subscribed to this! its a great way to keep myself updated. Although, im not going to lie, there is not nearly enough misfortune being written about as id like. The relly muddy legs gave me a good chuckle though. hahah

    Miss you buddy,

    Write me soon,

    Nicole

    On Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 11:29 PM, canadianglobetrotter wrote:

    > canadianglobetrotter posted: “Let’s start this off by clarifying that > Ometepe is definitely my favourite destination in Nicaragua and if you’re > in the country, you MUST plan a visit! Formed by two volcanoes rising from > lake Nicaragua, Ometepe Island is an absolutely stunning place. ” >

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    • Haha ya man there was a decent amount of misfortune in this post that I left out actually.. Glad you’re enjoying though, hope all is well!

      Like

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