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Ometepe Island

Ometepe Island © Jose Carlos Manuel Hugo
Ometepe Island © Jose Carlos Manuel Hugo

The twin volcanoes on Lake Nicaragua are highlights for visitors to the scenic country. Visitors to the islands explore volcanoes by hiking through rainforests, while they can also pay a trip to a local coffee farm that is dependent on the fertile slopes to grow fragrant beans.

Birds and wildlife will delight nature lovers, while sports enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking and fishing tours around the island. For those who brave hiking the 5282-foot (1610m) 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.

Boats to the islands are available from San Jorge, just outside Rivas, and ferries also depart from San Carlos and Granada. They don't leave every day and are sometimes inactive due to low water levels. The crossing takes roughly 60 minutes and the trip is perfect to take in lake scenery.