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Isla Omotepe, Nicaragua – One Island and Two Volcanoes

Isla Omotepe is a pretty unique place formed by two volcanoes and rising 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 contrasting 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.

Ferry to Omotepe in San Jorge
Ferry to Omotepe in San Jorge
Ferry to Omotepe in San Jorge
Ferry to Omotepe in San Jorge
Ferry to Omotepe in San Jorge
Ferry to Omotepe in San Jorge
Ferry to Omotepe in San Jorge
Ferry to Omotepe in San Jorge
Volcán Concepción
Volcán Concepción
Ferry to Omotepe in San Jorge
Ferry to Omotepe in San Jorge
Moyogalpa
Moyogalpa
Moyogalpa
Moyogalpa
Moyogalpa
Moyogalpa
Volcán Concepción
Volcán Concepción
Just in Case...
Just in Case…
Plantain Plantations
Plantain Plantations
Machetes, eh?
Machetes, eh?
Plantain Plantations
Plantain Plantations
Just a Chicken...
Just a Chicken…
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
Punta Jesús María
The Dock in Moyogalpa
The Dock in Moyogalpa
Sunset  in Moyogalpa
Sunset in Moyogalpa
Sunset  in Moyogalpa
Sunset in Moyogalpa
Sunset  in Moyogalpa
Sunset in Moyogalpa
Sunset  in Moyogalpa
Sunset in Moyogalpa
Main Street in Moyogalpa
Main Street in Moyogalpa

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