Isla Omotepe is a pretty unique place: formed by two volcanoes, it rises on Lake Nicaragua. Why did I even hesitate going there? Right, because I was afraid to be stuck on the island without accommodation. Well, I’m glad I made the trip—it’s awesome here.
From San Juan del Sur, I took a collectivo back to Rivas, another collectivo to San Jorge and I arrived right on time to take the 10:30 a.m. boat. It was very windy and the trip was a bit rough but we made it. I found a hostel easily and, funny enough, I noticed that there weren’t as many backpackers as I had expected. Most places weren’t full.
It was already midday when I got there but I wanted to explore the island—no way I was going to stroll the main street over and over again. I picked Punta Jesús María (what a name!) is the most western point of the island, a four-kilometre-long hike on a paved road. I passed horses, dogs, chickens, cows and pigs. I walked by huge plantain fincas and crossed a military zone that offered a great view on Volcán Concepción. Eventually, I leave the road and followed a dirt path. There didn’t seem to be much other than a small beach… but when I turned around, I realized how beautiful the scenery was: the dark volcanic sand constrasting with the lush vegetation and the volcano looming in the background.
Definitely worth the sweaty hike.
I think I’m going to like this place.
You can see the complete set of Nicaragua on Flickr.