Isla de Ometepe Travel Guide

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  • On the bus from Moyogalpa to Altagracia
    On the bus from Moyogalpa to Altagracia
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Isla de Ometepe Highlights

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     Very beautiful, very different 

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Isla de Ometepe Things to Do

  • Trekking Volcan Maderas (2)

    Our group had 2 guides ,Carlos..very good guide and another one was new guide which going to be trained by Carlos today.Both of them are young man age about eary 20.After half way look out the route going into cloud forest atmosphere so there'll be only trees around us ,can't see much of view outside .The humidity made the trail was very muddy and...

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  • Trekking Volcan Maderas (1)

    My guide that promised to come ..not showed up ..I try not to think that being cheated.I contact hotel staff ,they called the man who promised me .After waiting for almost an hour,still no one show up.Ok ..being cheated ..very upset ..yes...I asked hotel to do something for us cuz the one who cheat us are their partner,so finally they put 2 of us...

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  • Petroglyphs.

    Walking to see Petroglyphs on this islands in one of a famous "Things to do" here.There are thousand stone statues and petroglyphs scattered around Isla de Ometepe,show the pre-Columbian past.The earliest dates back about 4,000 years.The archeologist found that early Indian considered that the Maderas was the sacred place of the sun and Concepcion...

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  • Walking

    These are the pictures of some part of Santo Doming near my hostel area which is between Playa Santo DOmingo and Santa Cruz.We can see local life do some fishing and children play with the wave in the lake using home-made life vest (plastic bottle)...smart.People like to feed parrot as pet,some can speak ..some not.The pair in the pic I saw them...

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  • Finca Magdalena - Organic Coffee Farm

    Finca Magdalena is an organic farm set up on the slopes of Vulcán Maderas, a 20-minute hike uphill from Balgue. The hacienda was built over 120 years ago and it contains two large buildings and several smaller ones. It is part of a working cooperative that produces coffee, honey and organic fruits and vegetables. There are now 24 families who are a...

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  • Ojo de Agua

    After cycling north of Playa Santo Domingo for about 2 km I came to the entrance of Ojo de Agua where I left the bicycle. At the entrance you pay 2 US $ (December 2010) and then walk a small trail through corn fields and banana plantations for around 1km until you arrive to Finca Tilgue, better known as Finca Ojo de Agua because of the natural...

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Isla de Ometepe Restaurants

  • Tasty Meals with a Great View of Vulcán...

    I was staying at Albergue Ecológico El Porvenir and also had several meals there. During the day I was usually away, but in the morning it was very convenient to have breakfast before starting daily activities. The food was served on two separate terraces under thatched roofs, surrounded by lush tropical garden and with splendid views of the Vulcán...

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  • True Culinary Experience in Peaceful...

    El Canto is an experimental finca (farm) with social, agricultural and tourism projects, located in the community of Santa Cruz, a short walk from the main road. The exceptional location allows you to enjoy some of the most beautiful views on the island. Several petroglyphs are found on the property. The main building is surrounded by lush tropical...

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  • Delicious Vegetarian Curries & Healthy...

    I heard about Natural from my guidebook and decided to give it a try one day when I was cycling back from Ojo de Agua to El Porvenir. Conveniently located right at the entrance to Santo Domingo, it was actually a perfect place for a late lunch. A charming little vegetarian restaurant literary on the lake (when I visited the water level was very...

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Isla de Ometepe Nightlife

  • Communing with Nature

    Sure, there are some local bars around the port city. Probably won't feel that comfortable there. Not particularly dangerous but not the kind of crowd you might be looking for unless it is poor and intoxicated fishermen. The nightlife on Ometepe is to grab your favorite beverage and person/s and get to a place on the beach or anywhere that is clear...

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  • Moyogalpa's nightlife

    Moyogalpa may not have a thriving nightlife, but you can still find a place to drink and play a few games of pool.

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Isla de Ometepe Transportation

  • Renting an ATV or motorbike

    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...

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  • To Ometepe 2

    After paid 10 cd. for port fee ..show the receipt to police or guard who take care of opening and closing the gate.If we pay .. he open the gate .. and close immediatly.(See from the picture)From the second picture you'll see both volcanoes, Concepción and Maderas, even obstructed by the fence but kinda "can't wait" to get the picture.You''ll get...

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  • Transportation from Moyogalpa

    Normally there will be a bus waiting for passenger at Moyogalpa whenever the boat or ferry arrive.So if you don't want to stay in Moyogalpa,don't waste time...,just follow the local .Almost all of them will take the bus .The bus parking not far from the pier.Driver will honk when they are ready to leave.Tell them where you will go.That bus may not...

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Isla de Ometepe Local Customs

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    by mircaskirca Updated May 20, 2011

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    Cycling and walking on Ometepe is a great way to explore the island and experience the rural life, in particular the southeastern part, which is mostly unpaved, rutted and muddy. Cars are not frequent and you’ll be on the road with horseback riders, cattle herders, walkers and bikers. It is not unusual to see the whole family riding on the same bike. Passing through the little villages gives an opportunity to observe life of the local people. In rural parts of Ometepe, you’ll see laundry being done on the banks of the river or in a stream, a common meeting place for the village women, and children having fun in the water. I guess their mothers and grandmothers did the same.

    Houses are still made of wood, in traditional way, although more and more people have started using concrete to build stronger homes. People make their living mostly by fishing and farming. There are still many traditional family farms on the island. The rich volcanic soil means agriculture here has always been organic, providing abundant crops of avocados, mangoes, maiz, beans, bananas and coffee. The island's inhabitants are very kind people and they might invite you in their homes. And if you want to learn about traditional fishing, tours in a wooden canoe can be organized with local fishermen.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Farm Stay

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Isla de Ometepe Warnings and Dangers

  • hostel Asi Es Mi Tierra and their taxi

    Ometepe Island is a beautiful place and most people are trustworthy and very helpful. However, there have been many cases of theft involving the taxi drivers and the owners of Asi Es Mi Tierra in Balgue at the foot of the Maderas Volcano.Many cameras, cell phones, money, and even computers have gone missing from luggage or from rooms there. So if...

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  • Ferries Schedule.

    Take care with the Ferries schedules because they may change without notice, i was supposed to get back in the 3.00pm ferry and someone told me, the ferry is leaving at 2,30pm (the last is at 4,00pm) so i had to run to the small port to cath the boat.

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  • #1 TIP

    DO NOT FEED THE MONKEYS!A dumb girl fed some monkeys from out of a canoe. The monkeys jumped and attacked her and see had to be taken to the hospital in Granada for shots. Where they messed up the shots and she had to be taken back to the states.

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Isla de Ometepe Tourist Traps

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    by Beast Written Jun 10, 2009

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    Got to love Ometepe and most of Nicaragua for the extreme lack of tourist traps. Come before the traps are developed. For that matter come before this country starts putting up condos, resorts and luxury hotels on every square inch of the beach line of Ometepe and the Pacific Coast.

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    • Kayaking
    • Rafting

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Isla de Ometepe What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: If you don't bring your own car, you'll need to travel light. Good news is that this is more of an eco-experience so you don't need much.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Swimming clothing, shorts, pair or 2 of pants if you plan to hike, boots if you plan to hike, sandals, sunscreen, sun glasses, CASH (no ATM's here), camera and extra batteries or recharger, mosquito repellant.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Come self sufficient because there are not too many services on this remote island.

    Photo Equipment: Whatever you like to use. Place is very safe.

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    • Rafting
    • Kayaking
    • Adventure Travel

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Isla de Ometepe Off The Beaten Path

  • This Paradise is "off" the "off the...

    See the "Nightlife" and "Things to Do" tips for details. But don't forget to see the photos on this tip. I think you'll like them.

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  • "The Island"

    When you are on Isla de Ometepe, it doesn't really matter where you are going to, or what you are visiting. The island has such an incredible natural beauty that you don't need to look for a spectacular piece of nature to enjoy. No matter how you are travelling: on foot, by bicycle, by car or by bus: you'll always see the beauty of "The Island".For...

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  • Hike up Volcan Concepcion

    For those with extra stamina, you can hire a guide to take you up this volcanoe. Unlike Volcan madera, this one is mostly baren at top. I didn't climb it myself since the view was obstructed by clouds.

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Isla de Ometepe Sports & Outdoors

  • riding tours in Ometepe

    Hari's Horses in Merida, Altagracia are the best horses I've seen on the island. The best way to really visit Ometepe is on horse back. Hari is german and his horses are all healthy, well fed and shod. I went for a full day ride, started in Merida at the feet of the Madera vulcano and visited all the beaches from Santa Cruz to Altagracia running...

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  • Horse back riding

    Ride towards the horizon on one of the many horses at the Finca. They rent horses at very reasonable prices by the hour with or without a guide. Excellent way to explore the island!

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    by darthmilmo Written Sep 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: One of the true jems of this Earth, the Finca Magdalena gave me a much needed rest on my travels though Central America. It's a great place to just sit tight and recharge your batteries.

    Fondest memory: Having a nice time talking, playing cards, and drinking beers with the fellow travellers I met at Finca Magdalena.

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