GREAT VOLCANOES ON ISLA DE OMETEPE, NICARAGUA
Stunning views of Volcano Concepción and Volcano Maderas on Isla de Ometepe in Nicaragua
Another must-do in Nicaragua is the volcano island Isla de Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua. The island consits of the two volcanoes Concepción and Maderas and also golf ball BoB and we wanted to stay there for two nights. A chicken bus brought us from Granada to Rivas, and from there we took a taxi for the last 5 km to the port of San Jorge. When we arrived at the port, we were lucky cause the ferry was just about to leave. We hurried up to get all our luggage out of the taxi. We got one the ferry while the rain was pouring down.
After 45 minutes the ferry landet in Moyogalpa on Isla de Ometepe in Nicaragua. Golf ball BoB and we walked three blocks to our hostel Yogi’s where we got a big double room with an ensuite.
Moyogalpa is a touristy town with more or less three main streets with restaurants, bars, and a few shops. The tiny church was very neat compared to the bigger churches we have seen before. The volcano Concepción is like a giant who follows you whereever you go. This 1,610 meters high volcano is one of the most active volcanoes of Nicaragua but instead of frightening us, it gave us a certain feeling of protection. A new experince for us :).
Although most travellers climb one of the two volcanoes, we decided to spent a relaxing day at the lagoon Ojo de Agua. With the local bus the 25 km trip took us appr. one hour. From the main road another 20 minutes walk guides you to the entrance of the lagoon. Here you pay 2 dollars per person for a day. The lagoon is a big swimming pool with natural water which is very refereshing. To be honest, we thought it’s a bit more natural (the swimmingpool was made of concrete) but we still had a few nice hours. Even more impressing were the “things” on the surface of the water. In the beginning we thought that the surface was covered by parts of the surrounding plants, but there were millions of dead mosquitos floating around. Poor guys :(.
In the evening we were very hungry and went to Hospedaje Central where we enjoyed a very delicious dinner with pinto gallo (a traditional dish with rice and beans) and a mango milk shake. Yummy!
BoB’s travel tip for Isla de Ometepe in Nicaragua:
Normally you come to Ometepe for one reason: Hike a volcano. BUT: Please remeber that a hike on Concepción or Maderas can be really exhausting. The sun is burning and you need at least 2-3 liters of water! If you are not in a good shape, forget about the hike!