Rising proudly from the waters of Lake Nicaragua (the world's largest freshwater lake), Ometepe Island is made up of two magnificent volcanic cones and is a more than impressive sight as you gaze across to its shores.
Consisting of 276 square kilometers of unspoiled forest frequented by monkeys, armadillo, opossum and deer — on a clear day the views are simply spectacular. The lake crossing can be choppy but is a well worthwhile and wonderful trip.
The word Ometepe developed from the original Aztecs' name for the island, Ome Tepelth, which means two hills. These days it has a population of 35,000, but the remnants of this ancient civilization can be seen in petroglyphs around the island.
The people of Ometepe are said to be the kindest in Nicaragua, mainly because the civil wars never reached the island and it is a charming insight into times gone past, with tiny villages, unpaved roads and locals riding ox-carts.
There are two main villages of note. The busy port of Moyogalpa where you will arrive on the island and Altagracia to the northern side of Concepcion which is more charming.
You have a tour of the highlights of the island before ending with lunch at a local hotel. In the afternoon you will retrace your steps back across the lake and transfer onward from San Jorge.