Trip Planner: Central America / Nicaragua / Rivas Department / Isla de Ometepe / Moyogalpa / Isla Ometepe
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.
Isla Ometepe Tours
Full Day Nicaragua Tour from La Fortuna BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $235
Duration: 12 hours
Day Trip to Ometepe Island BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $99
Duration: 7 hours
Picnic next to San Ramon Waterfall BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $120
Duration: 4 hours
Isla Ometepe Reviews
Me encantó la isla de Ometepe Nicaragua, sinceramente llevaba mis expectativas bajas pero debo decir que me sorprendió y mucho, desde Rivas puedes ir en bus al puerto del lago ahí agarras un ferry par... more »I loved the island of Ometepe Nicaragua, honestly had my low expectations but I must say that I was surprised, and far from Rivas can go by bus to the port of the Lake there grab a ferry to the island, the most recommended to move on the island is to rent mot or (that do take their precautions, take photos and videos of the bikes because there will be more than one who will want to go live) as having made that grip the road going towards the other volcano (I think it was called madeiro) well and are enjoying the view there are many places in which you can take beautiful pictures with the volcano in the background, go to the beach to eat something is very cheap and cute eye of super water also go
Ometepe was the highlight of my trip in Nicaragua. I saw the most vibrant sunsets, ate fantastic food and saw amazing wildlife. My friend and I rented a scooter for a day and got to see the entire isl... more »
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.
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