When I visited Ometepe Island for the first time I had really high expectation, I was ready to find a paradise. Well, that didn’t happen! I don’t give up easy, so I went again to prove that I was wrong, well that didn’t happen either!
Before going further, let me explain myself better, I think Ometepe has beautiful spots and great things to do. Was I disappointed? From my personal opinion, yes I was! Ometepe is this obligatory stop that you have to do if you are traveling around Nicaragua, it is in every travel guide and in every “must to do” list. I just felt that Ometepe wasn’t the heaven that I read everywhere.
I always try to find the bright side of my travels, that philosophy applies also the Island. Ometepe was not what I was thinking but I also had great memories of my adventures there. If you are wondering what I like about Ometepe, keep reading!
Volcano vs. Volcano
I love hiking volcanos, actually, that was how my NGO in Nicaragua was raising money for the kids. Since Ometepe means ‘two hills’ in the native ‘náhuatl’ language, it was a great destination for my trekking. The island measures 276 square kilometers, and it places two majestic volcanoes connected through a small strip of land: Volcano Concepcion (1610 meter) and Volcano Maderas (1394 meters).
The thing that I like the most about hiking these volcanos was the radical wheater on them, always cloudy and foggy. Both hikes are a different experience for the other volcanos in the country, the paths are always moody and really humid, be ready to be wet all the time!
Don’t expect to have great views of the Island during the hike or a beautiful panorama from the top, once you start hiking the clouds will cover you. But that’s what is really interesting about these two volcanos, the challenge of walking through mood, fighting against the weather, crossing the green forest and hearing the monkeys on the way. I loved it!
Punta Santa Maria
It is “The Beach” in Ometepe which you should go. Punta Santa Maria is the perfect spot for a panoramic view of the two Ometepe volcanos.
The place its calm and the water here is really shallow. Actually, there aren’t any bars or touristic services in this corner of the island. You will enjoy a quiet beach where you can take a bath or observe some locals fishing with just a net, like old times!
Sunset vs. Sunrise
If it is something that an island could offer you, that is stoning sunsets and sunrises. The sun hiding on the Managua Lake or the raising behind the volcanos, there are pictures that you don’t want to miss. Whether it’s the colors, the clouds, or the scenery each sunset/sunrise has something unique about it.
Wondering where to find a good spot for sunsets and sunrises?
- Hit the port at sunset time to presence the hugeness of the Lake and see the sun going down into the water.
- Catch one the earliest ferries and view the sunrise on the Island with an awesome perspective. This can be an exceptional spot!
- Reach Punta Jesus María, in Concepción Island, and wait until sunset time. Or wake up early and get a place to see the sunrise on Santa Cruz beach.
Despite to be a touristic place, the island will offer you a lot of calm moments. Take the time to enjoy tranquility, maybe you want to meditate a little bit or make some yoga postures, just restore your body and mind.