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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…
Top Choice Cafe in Moyogalpa

Cornerhouse

Easily the most stylish eating venue on this corner of the island. All-day breakfast is served at this rustic-chic cafe just uphill from the port; the menu features eggs Benedict with roasted tomatoes and fresh basi…
Top Choice International in Santa Cruz to Balgüe

Café Campestre

This popular cafe using local ingredients from the adjacent organic farm has something for everyone: excellent coffee, freshly baked breads, huge salads and international dishes from hummus platters to Thai curries.…
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…
Religious in Moyogalpa

Fiestas Patronales

Moyogalpa’s fiestas patronales (saints days), honoring the patron saint Santa Ana, are famous for the Baile de las Inditas, a celebration of both Spanish and indigenous culture. The festival includes a procession to…
International in Santa Cruz to Balgüe

Bamboo

Che and friends cook up delicious homemade pasta, whole grilled fish from the lake with gallo pinto (rice and beans) and fried plantain, and more, at this Argentinian-run place. Eat it under the giant palapa-style t…