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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 a highlight for visitors to the scenic country. The islands are situated midway between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Visitors to the islands can explore the volcanoes by hiking though the rainforests, or visit a local coffee farm, dependent on the fertile volcanic slopes to grow the fragrant beans. The birds and other wildlife on the islands will delight nature lovers, while sports enthusiasts can enjoy 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 NIO 50 from San Jorge, just outside of Rivas. Ferries depart for the islands from San Carlos and Granada. The ferries cost between NIO 50 and NIO 70, but they do not leave every day, and service is sometimes suspended due to low water levels. 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.