Isla Ometepe, Moyogalpa

Formed by two volcanoes, Isla Ometepe is the largest island on the vast Lake Nicaragua. With a name meaning “two mountains” in Nahuatl, the remote island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, rich in culture, wildlife, and history. Considered a sacred land by the indigenous nations, the island offers visitors numerous archaeological sites, artifacts, and petroglyphs to admire. Explore the island’s isolated, scenic trails, and spot numerous plant and animal species, or lounge on one of the many picturesque lakeside beaches. You can try fishing, horseback riding, cycling, or even climbing the volcanoes, but note that you need a guide for the strenuous trek. One of the volcanoes is still active. Isla Ometepe is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Isla de Ometepe Edition.
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  • If you want to run away from cities or if you want to spend couple days in cheaper place you should visit that island. There have so many hostels and rooms here you don’t need book a room before you t...  more »
  • Whether you're down for adventure or you just want to chill--or maybe get in a little of both--Ometepe is the ideal place. It has beaches, plenty of bars and restaurants, and, of course, two volcanoes...  more »
  • I was several months in Nicaragua, I've seen enough, and without a doubt, Ometepe is the excursion that I most liked. I recommend water eye and Charco Verde. Also tip Jesus Maria to see the sunset and beach spring if you spare time.
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  • Island has so much to do. People friendly just watch out for the cattle and horses. Stayed in 3 different parts if the island. Taxi drivers will lie say buses are not running and over charge. Negotiate always.
  • Two volcanoes make up this island and you can take a ferry over and enjoy the island beauty and relaxed vibe. There are wild animals everywhere, including white faced monkeys and wild horses roaming the beaches. Not every beach is perfect to swim at, but every angle of the island is definitely beautiful. You can hike the volcanoes or simply find some beachside shade. But be warned, it's hot on Ometepe.
  • Make sure you spend at least 3 days on this fascinating island. Lots to do for kids and adults. Best area for accommodation and food is around the Balgue area. Island is big, plan your transport.
  • great beach but you have to rent a motor bike to get everywhere
  • An absolute must see while in Nicaragua! Our favorite town was Balgue, on the Maderas side of the island - great food options. Ojo de Agua and San Ramon Cascade are great options for activities, but there are also guided tour options to hike both volcanoes if you want.
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