Concepcion Volcano on Ometepe Island © Mat Hanon
The twin volcanoes on Lake Nicaragua should be on every visitor's list of things to do in Nicaragua. The islands are situated midway between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Visitors to the islands can explore the volcanoes by hiking though the rainforests or bargaining with local coffee farmers who use the fertile Volcanic slopes to grow their fragrant beans. The birds and other wildlife on the islands will delight nature lovers, while sports enthusiasts can take part in kayaking and fishing tours around the island. For those who brave the hike up to the 3,300-foot (1,500m) summit of one of the volcanoes, the views are unsurpassed. Visitors could easily spend a few days exploring the numerous natural attractions the islands have to offer.
Travellers can take a boat to the islands for about US$4 from San Jorge, just outside of Rivas. Ferries depart for the islands from San Carlos and Granada. The ferries cost between US$1.50 and US$3, but they do not leave every day and the time of departure can be erratic. The ferry ride takes 6 to 12 hours depending on the point of departure, but although the trip can be long it is a good opportunity to take in the lake scenery.