Isla de Ometepe Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 97%Adventure Travelers
- 74%Spiritual Seekers
- 52%Green Travelers
- 52%Local Culture
User Reviews (8 Reviews)
- Isla de OmetepeMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Jan 19, 2014
The island is shaped like the sign for infinity. Two volcanoes have become connected by their lava flows, one is still avtive and the other has a lake inside it. The hike up the active one was a bit perilious. We basically went until it got too steep, and thee was no trial (we had a local guide with us), plus the winds coming up the face got quite violent quickly. The surrounding lake holds the world's only fresh water shark.
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- Isla de OmetepeFirst to ReviewOct 22, 2013
Ometepe Island is the biggest island inside of Lake Nicaragua--and it's the largest volcanic island inside a freshwater lake in the world. Visitors can take tours of the island on horeseback, swim in Ojo de Agua, a natural spring swimming hole, or hike Concepcion Volcano -- all while enjoying spectacular lake views at every angle. There are also strong indigenous communities on the island that celebrate wonderful religious and folk festivals throughout the year.
- Isla de OmetepeJun 15, 2013
My friends and I decided that the best way to see the entirety of Isla Ometepe was to rent an ATV and a moto from Moyogalpa. We found a place right across from the gas station and next door to The Cornerhouse bed and breakfast (great place to eat by the way!) with motos out front, with a yellow sign saying Bar and Restaurante Bahia. We got a deal for a quad and a moto for US$60 for the whole day. After about an hour and a half of cruising the island, the quad broke down. We sat on the side of the road for another hour and a half waiting for a mechanic to come and save us, he got it started, but we had to take it back since we weren't going to be able to start it on our own (basically, when I had to stop, I had to keep it idling so it wouldn't shut off again) When we got back to the shop, I put gas in it and said that we wanted our money back. After arguing with them for an hour, and them threatening to call the police on us, we agreed to get US$40 refund (we just wanted to be done with the whole ordeal) After waiting for our money for another half hour, they tried to give us $30 dollars, saying that we used the bikes for 4 hours. After explaining to them that they had just agreed to 40, they again threatened to call the police and started cursing at me. At this point I got angry and they got angrier, pulling a chair out from under my friend, threw it at her and said some unsavory things. We ended up only getting US$20 refund. I recommend this place if you want to be ripped off and abused, if not, there are some perfectly good places right around the corner. The island itself is amazing and I highly recommend it!!
- Isla de OmetepeMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersMay 09, 2013
Ometepe is a beautiful island with some of the best food in the country. Created by two volcanic eruptions, the volcanic ash in the island's soil somehow helps produce some of the tastiest fruits and vegetables in the country. There are tons of farms all over the island, many of which you can stay at, dine at, or volunteer with. Hotel Finca Valencia is one of the best and most relaxing. There are several towns across the island, but I liked staying in Playa Santo Domingo, which has the best swimming beach on the island and some of the best views of Volcán Maderas. Hospedaje Buena Vista has one of the best values in that area, with beachfront property and doubles for $20. Ometepe is one of the country's ideal spots to relax and dine by the shores of the freshwater lake. If you're feeling more adventurous, however, both Maderas and Concepción offer challenging volcano hikes (I did the higher Concepción for about $10 with a group of 4 others, but my legs hurt for days afterwards, so I'd recommend the less rigorous Maderas). Charco Verde is a much easier stroll around a possibly haunted pond. You can get here on a ferry from Granada (4 hours) or on a much smaller, cheaper ferry from San Jorge. If you're up for a jungle adventure, take the ferry from Altagracia overnight to San Carlos where you an begin your journey down the Río San Juan towards the lovely town of El Castillo and trek through the nearby Indio Maíz rainforest. If you find yourself staying in Altagracia for a day or two, Hotel Castillo has good, simple rooms for $5 and decent food. Nearby Hotel Kencho has good, cheap gallo pinto (rice and beans with plantains on the side) for breakfast.
- Isla de OmetepeJul 05, 2012
Nicaragua's largest island serves as an excellent place for relaxation and outdoor exploration. I recommend hiking the Concepcion and Maderas volcanoes, touring the San Ramon waterfalls, or taking a dip in Ojo de Agua. The island is not very walkable, so I suggest you rent a bike or ATV to get around. There aren't very many places to eat other than the hostels and hotels, but the locals are extremely friendly and often offer family-style meals to travelers for a small fee.
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