Top things to do

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 a misty cloud forest ending…
Volcano in Around Volcán Concepción

Volcán Concepción

This massive (and active) volcano is an Ometepe landmark. The 10- to 12-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 and…
Museum in Esquipulas

Museos El Ceibo

An excellent pair of museums. The Museo Numinástico (Coin Museum) documents the troubled history of the Nicaraguan economy through its coins and banknotes. Across the road, the Museo Precolombino (Pre-Columbian Muse…
Cafe in Moyogalpa


Easily the most stylish eating venue on this corner of the island. Breakfast is served all day at this rustic-chic cafe just uphill from the port; the menu features eggs Benedict with roasted tomatoes and fresh basi…
Waterfall in Santa Cruz to Mérida & San Ramón

Cascada San Ramón

This stunning 40m waterfall is one of the jewels of the island. The trail begins at the Estación Biológica de Ometepe; it’s a steep, four-hour round-trip on an easy-to-follow trail that’s lost some of its charm sinc…
International in Santa Cruz to Balgüe

Café Campestre

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

Fiestas Patronales

Moyogalpa’s fiestas patronales, 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 Punta Jesús M…
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…
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 or taking a dip in the lake.