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Nicaragua: Ometepe Island

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Relaxed, tranquil Ometepe  - the largest freshwater island in the world, rising from Lake Nicaragua, is dominated by the twin volcanoes of Concepción and Maderas. There’s a timeless feel to the place, where legends and jaguar cults are still in circulation, and the people lead a traditional rural lifestyle avoiding the boisterous political events of the country.  The volcanic landscapes are partially blanketed with luxuriant jungle vegetation populated by monkeys and a plethora of bird species. Thanks to the rich, fertile soil, the slopes and flatter parts of the island are peppered with citrus, banana, watermelon, avocado and cacao plantations.

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Things to do in Ometepe Island

Climb Maderas Volcano

Climb Maderas volcano

Hike to a Waterfall

Hike to a waterfall on Ometepe Island

Our insider tips for Ometepe Island

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Chatting to the friendly local people on the ferry over from the mainland. Nicaraguans are some of the most open and friendly people in Central America.

Natalie Paiva

Exploring the rough country roads, at the pace of the locals, on a bike or horse - and then cooling off with a freshwater swim off one of the narrow beaches.

Jim Ashworth

Reaching the crater of Maderas Volcano after a hot, sweaty climb (start off early in the morning) through cloud forest where monkeys swing through the trees. The lake and its waterfall on the western side were only discovered in 1930.

What our experts say

In one stay on Ometepe island you can expect to watch wildlife at play, stumble across the odd ancient petroglyph, swim in the warm waters of the surrounding lake and cool waters of the crystal clear lagoon in the forest, pass many a cowboy riding bareback, and see traditional agricultural methods still in use at a finca where you can try the produce be it organic coffee or mangoes fresh from the trees – and that’s just for starters. The ambience of the island, which is made up of one constantly active volcano and another dormant and lushly green volcano linked only by a thin swampy isthmus, is magical just in itself.

Nicola Gude

Nicola Gude

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