2014 Central American Odyssey travel blog

Volcano

View from our room


After breakfast it was yet another bus ride, this time about 90 mins to San Jorge where we caught a ferry across to Ometepe Island which is on Lake Nicaragua, just over an hour on the ferry.

Ometepe is an island composed of two volcanoes. Joined by a thin, flat isthmus the two volcanoes shape the island like an hour glass.

Over the northern half of Ometepe looms the ConcepciĆ³n, a majestic and perfectly cone-shaped active volcanoe, while the southern half is dominated by the extinct volcano Maderas which is swathed in a cloud forest and has a mist-shrouded lagoon in its crater. The volcanoes, visible from everywhere on the island, are a powerful and ever-present feature.

Ometepe feels far away from the rest of the world.

The volcanic ash makes the soil extremely fertile and the land yields abundant crops.

The hotel where we are staying is right on the lake, although the black volcanic ash makes for a strange beach.

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