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Rising proudly from the waters of Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe Island is made up of two magnificent volcanic cones and is a more than impressive sight as you gaze across to its shores.

Lake inside the crater of Volcan MaderasConsisting of 276 square kilometres of unspoiled forest frequented by monkeys, armadillo, opossum and deer — on a clear day the views are simply spectacular. Reached by boat from the port town of San Jorge, an hour south of Granada, the lake crossing can be choppy but is a well worthwhile and wonderful trip.

The word Ometepe developed from the original Aztec’s 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 civilisation can be seen in petroglyphs around the island.


If you fancy a challenge it is possible to climb Maderas volcano. If you’d prefer a less strenuous activity, horse riding and walking are a great way to explore the area.

Alternatively, relaxing for a couple of days on the surprisingly beautiful soft-sand beaches is a great option.

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