Top Choice Volcano in Around Volcán Maderas

Volcán Maderas

Climbing this 1394m volcano is challenging but worthwhile. Guides are required for the seven- to eight-hour round-trip trek (with four to five hours of climbing); at the top, you’ll reach cloud forest ending with a …
Top Choice Volcano in Around Volcán Concepción

Volcán Concepción

This massive (and active) volcano is an Ometepe landmark. The seven- to 10-hour hike up loose volcanic stone to the summit of this looming peak can be tough, so be in good physical condition and bring water, snacks …
Top Choice Museum in Esquipulas

Museos El Ceibo

The excellent Museo Numismástico (Money Museum) documents the troubled history of the Nicaraguan economy through its coins and banknotes. Across the road, the Museo Precolombino (Pre-Columbian Museum) displays an ex…
Waterfall in Santa Cruz to Mérida & San Ramón

Cascada San Ramón

This stunning 40m waterfall is one of the jewels of the island. The 3.7km trail begins at the Estación Biológica de Ometepe. You can drive 2.2km up to the parking area, from where it’s a 30 to 40 minute hike up to t…
Nature Reserve in Charco Verde & Isla de Quiste

Reserva Charco Verde

Rich with wildlife and fringed with black-sand beaches, this wooded ecological reserve is a quiet spot for hiking, birdwatching and taking a dip in the lake. There are three trails, totalling 4km in length; a flat o…
Landmark in Esquipulas

Punta Jesus Maria

Just outside the town of Esquipulas, this well-signed sand spit stretches out into the lake for more than 1km at the height of the dry season, when lake levels drop to reveal what was once a natural dock for indigen…
Island in Altagracia

Isla Grande

Close to Altagracia, this island, basically a plantain finca (farm) gone feral, is rarely visited despite being a fantastic place for birdwatching. If you’re interested, you could certainly arrange a custom trip – a…
Museum in Altagracia

Museo de Ometepe

The village's main attraction is this museum packed with information (in Spanish) about the island. (Though you’ll find a much more comprehensive collection at the Museos El Ceibo.) Non-Spanish speakers will still a…
Archaeological Site in Altagracia


A place to see some of the finest remaining ancient excavated statues on Ometepe is beside the Altagracia church, close to the Parque Central, where a handful of softly eroding monoliths still stand sentry.
Gallery in Esquipulas

Galería de Arte Casa de Artista

Near the beach, local artist Abel shows off his work – from nudes and still life to landscapes. Swing by and have a look; it's signposted from the main road.