A few weeks ago we checked off another place on our Nicaragua must-see list: Ometepe. Ometepe is a volcanic island located in the middle of the enormous lake Nicaragua. The name means “two mountains” in Nahuatl, which makes sense because the island is made up of two large volcanoes: Concepción and Maderas. Concepción is still active and spits smoke and ash every once in a while, but Maderas is completely dormant. Guess which side of the island we stayed on? Yes, on the Maderas side, but the main port and largest town on Ometepe are at the base of Concepción volcano.
We brought our car over on the ferry to Ometepe so we could drive around the island once we got there. It was a good thing, because the beautiful Totoco eco-lodge where we stayed was pretty far up the volcano with shockingly bad, steep roads. We needed every bit of the four-wheel drive. But once we were at the top, the view was spectacular. Concepción volcano was perfectly framed from the restaurant area, with the lake on either side. We were far enough up the volcano that we heard howler monkeys all day and into the evening.
It’s not a REAL eco-lodge if it doesn’t have a composting toilet and naturally filtered volcanic water.
The big event of our trip was an epic 8-hour hike through plantain and coffee fields, seeing pre-columbian petroglyphs, and finally making it up to a waterfall. This little crab was waiting for us at the top.
The trip went by so fast. But it was fun to explore a new place with my wonderful sister-in-law. Thanks for coming J!