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Visit Ometepe Island

The largest volcanic lake island on the planet, Ometepe was named a UNESCO Biosphere Preserve in 2011.

Formed by two towering volcanoes, Concepción and Maderas, the tropical forested island encompasses more than 276 square kilometers and is home to nearly 40,000 residents who live an agrarian life, harvesting plantains, rice, tobacco, sugar cane and coffee, some catering to the growing influx of tourists.

Visitors can access the island by ferry boats that run from Granada, San Carlos and a port near Rivas, which is close to the popular Pacific beach town of San Juan del Sur. Once on this magically remote island, you can enjoy activities that range from hiking, paragliding, fishing, mountain biking and kayaking, to volunteering.

A favorite with volcano climbers, the active volcano Concepción has slopes covered with tropical dry forest, while dormant Maderas is often wrapped in a deep cloud forest and boasts a beautiful lagoon on top of the crater.

Ometepe Island was once considered sacred ground by ancient cultures, and you can still find many ceremonial carvings and lingering legends.

A visit to Ometepe has been described as a sensory experience filled with the sounds of wildlife and views of nature permeated by a mystical presence.

 

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