Isla de Ometepe Travel Guide

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Isla de Ometepe Things to Do

  • Rent a kayak

    There are different sizes of kayaks to rent for a small fee. Even if you never kayaked before you will learn it quickly.

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  • Look up and around Maderas and...

    We sometimes can see the cap cloud or scarf cloud hanging around the summit of Concepcion vocano.I noticed that mostly it’ll appear in the afternoon,in the morning it’s still clear.The cap clouds are formed by upward current of the air ,influence by moist air at lower altitudes,(in this case..it is the humid air from the lake),. causing the air to...

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  • El Ojo de Agua.

    On the last day on Isla de Ometepe,we and the 2 Canadian girls shared the cost for taxi from hotel back to Moyogalpa.( 20 $)The 2 American guys said goodbye from us at the hotel ,they are going on their way for surfing somewhere.We asked the driver to drop us off at Ojo de Agua ,we’d like to be there for about an hour.The Ojo de Agua = “The eye of...

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  • Maderas flora.

    (part 2) 1.Some kind of Bromeliad 2 Fern and Lichen. 3 “Moss”. They are small ,non-woody plants that absorb water and nutrients mainly through their leaves and harvest carbon dioxide and sunlight to create food by photosynthesis. 4 . The Strangler figs. They start as a small seed that gets dropped onto some arboreal giants from wind and bird...

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  • Maderas flora.

    1."Hot lips” .Because it’s shape is like ruby red lips .These false flowers attract pollinators without the investment of actually making flowers. Its true flower blooms white from within the red modified leaves. There are many types of them in tropical climate and the diversity increase when closer to the equator.I found it here and at Mombacho...

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  • Ometepe flora

    I'd like to mention a bit about the plant found on Ometepe Island.1.Gourd tree,or Calabash tree .I saw it along the way hike up Maderas.. It’s flower has shape like cuspidor. It has hard shell fruit,the fruit come out directly from the branch and the fruit size is quite big ,about the size of a pomelo and can be even bigger.Because of the hard...

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Isla de Ometepe Restaurants

  • Simple but nice restaurant

    After Maderas hiking for all day.It took me totally 9 hours ..and arrived back at the hotel a little bit before sunset .I felt very exhausted ..hungry and very thirsty..I immediately go to the hotel staff which do everything ,..check in ,cooking and serving.I told them I need my dinner now and already order the food.I know it will take time (long...

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  • 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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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

  • Bus from Moyogalpa

    In front of the port is the bus station. Here you see the timetable which is usefull if you arrive by boat there. I am not sure if it is totally correct, but it is an idea how often the bus goes and where.

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  • ferry from Moyogalpa

    There is a big difference in boats and in their stability. on the way to the island a woman was vomiting. On the way from the island we had a bigger more stable boat an dmore expensive one.

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  • From Santa Cruz-...

    On the way back ,I shared taxi with my new friends ,the 2 Canadian girls who did Maderas hike together.From my hotel Iztian (2km. west of Santa Cruz) to Moyogalpa … the taxi cost 20 $.The ferry leave at 11 am. We paid the ferry on board,it was 40 cd. each, cheaper than when we came which was 60 cd.,I don’t know why ,probably there’s no...

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Isla de Ometepe Local Customs

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    Traditional Life on Isla de Ometepe

    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.

    houses are still made of wood doing laundry on the bank of the river doing laundry mother pig with a little piggy the road from Santa Cruz to Balgue
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    • 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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    Yep, There Are None

    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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    • Rafting
    • Kayaking
    • Adventure Travel

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Isla de Ometepe What to Pack

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    Warm and Humid

    by Beast Written Jun 10, 2009

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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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    • Adventure Travel
    • Rafting
    • Kayaking

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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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Isla de Ometepe Favorites

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    Finca Magdalena in Isla Ometepe

    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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