Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 1, 2012 1:03 PM Last Post By: eck28
Oct 22, 2012 7:55 AM
Oct 22, 2012 10:11 AM
1I was in Ometepe last year, and stayed at the Buena Vista Motel on the east side, about 10 kl from Alta Gracia. It has a nice place to rent 4-wheelers right across the street. Double room with fan, $22.00 per night. We rode around the entire island; it took 2 days on the 4-wheelers. Don't go on the Kayak tour with El Peru. They will tell you that you will see all kinds of things on the "tour up the river" The tour consists of paddling along the shore, then into a swamp, maybe it is the river, but with nothing but a few birds, no Caimans, and no sign of them. Also, don't believe them on transportation. There is a bus that only runs one way, and you have to find your own way back. On the up-side, there are people coming by that you can hitch a ride with for a little $$$. Unless you really like looking at the road all the time, because it is so bad that you have to go very slow. I wouldn't ride around the island, but go on short trips on the 4-wheelers.
Oct 22, 2012 12:56 PM
2We went to Ometepe two years ago and stayed in the same area - I think the east side near Maderas has the most variety of places to stay in general. We stayed at El Encanto, which was delightful, about $40 per night for a double. A friend stayed at Santa Cruz right up the hill, which was more social and about the same price, plus they had dorms.
The poster above who kayaked with El Peru could have been describing our experience at Caballito's Mar - we ended up asking for a discount after our return because our guide wouldn't stay with both kayaks, so it was more like a rental than a guided trip. Plus it's a super long walk back if you spend the day before climbing Maderas . . .
Oct 31, 2012 9:38 AM
Nov 1, 2012 10:13 AM
4When I went in fall 2010, the ferry direct from Ometepe to Granada only ran at night once or twice a week. The ferry from Moyogalpa on Ometepe to San Jorge had regular a daily schedule, then we took a bus from San Jorge to Granada. From Granada you can easily get a bus or a shuttle to Managua. One thing to keep in mind is that you'll have to take a taxi from the San Jorge ferry landing to the bus station. It's definitely a multi-step process getting to/from Ometepe, but in my mind totally worth it.
Nov 1, 2012 1:03 PM
5Thanks for the info! Do you have a rough idea of how long (total) it took you to get from San Jorge to Granada and then Granada to Managua.
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