Top Attractions in Isla de Ometepe
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- Arrived about 11am and there only a few people there. Nice and chilled. Good place to cool off during a cycle. Don’t forget the sunscreen, The Nicaraguan sun burns!Written 25 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The hike on the Volcán Concepción was a wonderful and challenging experience that is an absolute must do while staying in Ometepe. We love hiking and enjoyed it to the fullest. The trail starts in a rather dense forest where you can see a lot of wildlife and transitions into a more rocky volcanic terrain at 1000 meters above sea level until the crater. Both parts make a lot of fun. At the top, the reward is a very nice view over ometepe and the lake of Nicaragua (if it is not cloudy). It is mandatory to go with a guide (and I would also highly recommend it!) as it can be very hard to find the way. We did the tour with the bilingual local Lazaro who is the owner of the agency Terranova Tours Ometepe. We always felt safe and comfortable so that we can highly recommend him and his agency for any tours that you want to do in Ometepe. Also, their prices were fair and not overpriced as it is the case for other agencies that are not from the island. Just contact them via Whatsapp or Facebook:) (We liked it so much that we also did the Maderas volcano with them).Written 8 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We had an amaizing time climbing these wonderfull volcano with our lovly guid Hector +505 8628 7206 (hospidalje bullshark) go and loook for him . Wonderful man!!
Quit a heavy walk but worth it for me 😉Written 3 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Butterfly garden is beautiful, also turtles. Not big but ok. Later a walk around Charco Verde and swimming on beach Bacon. Some monkeys and birds and many butterflies also outside the garden. The walk with swimming took one hour.Written 29 November 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Spectacular view of the volcano and a cute little beach. Nothing wow but definitely worth a quick pop-in.Written 8 August 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Beautiful vertical falls at the end of a pretty ~50min ~2km hike. Sit for a bit and splash under the falls before you turn around. Truly stunning, even in summer when the water is low.
We took an ATV up the extremely bumpy road for the first 2km, it’s about 4km up total if you don’t have sturdy wheels to get you half way there.Written 13 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Had a nice time! Super friendly staff, always felt safe, amazing time!
When you are on Ometepe you have to do this!Written 17 January 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We did a kayak tour with Caballito's Mar Kayak Tour and had the best afternoon! So many bird sightings as well as Howler Monkeys, Caimans and a very knowledgeable guide! It was perfect!Written 29 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The homestay in Los Ramos was the highlight of my trip to Nicaragua!! The person who organized our stay, Ever, was very thorough, friendly, and spoke excellent English. We ended up staying with his parents, Ana Jorge and Herma. Both of them were so incredibly wonderful and welcoming to us! Even though our Spanish was limited and they didn't speak English, we enjoyed relaxing nights exchanging photographs, playing cards with the neighbor children, and bonding over Herma's favorite American action movies.
Los Ramos is a remote village and this is exactly what we were looking for! We wanted to get away from other tourists and cities to spend some time learning about rural Nicaraguan life. There are currently about 75 people who live in houses scattered around the village centered around a church, old school, and community center. During the day, we signed up for several excursions including Chaco Verde, climbing Concepcion, and an island sightseeing tour. All were excellent!!
Thanks so much for the amazing and memorable visit! I'll definitely be going back to visit on my next trip to Nicaragua! I already miss Ana's delicious food :)Written 3 April 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Ometepe is really a great place. It is remote and more rural feeling than Granada or San Juan Del Sur but in a good way. It has more of a small town vibe. A little slower pace with very kind and friendly people. It's an island vibe for sure and there's very little in the way of commerce going on. The scenery is gorgeous as well with a handful of easily accessed activities and things to do. I'm glad we went and I'm sure anyone else going would feel the same.Written 27 December 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The centro Puma is a great place! I explored the place while I was in the spanish school in Altagracia and it was so much fun that i spent almost all my afternoons in the project.
Jeff (the owner) is a super nice guy and you can do a lot of different stuff there.
They have an organic garden. They make organic coffee and chocolate and they do a few different tours on the island. There is even a book exchange.
But the best thing is that it's a place where you can easily connect with locals. There are always children around and two times per week is an english cafe where locals come to learn some english and you get to know more about the local life and culture while even improving in spanish. It was great and if you're interested in a local experience you definitely have to go there!Written 13 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Rented a bike to do some cycling. 7 USD for the day. In good condition. You can easily get from Moyogalpa to Santo Domingo in two to three hours. Only down side was first gear caused the chain to come off each time, just had to stick in second uphill.Written 25 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- If you are interested in archeology, this small museum is a must see. Staff of the hotel of the same name will guide you around.Written 6 April 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We spent a half day in Altagracia while based at a hotel in Santo Domingo—rented a scooter to drive there.
Many things to comment on but since the museum is the only thing listed on Trip Advisor, I am commenting on several things here.
The museum is small but has some interesting items and a very knowledgable woman who showed us around. The museum had a sign saying it was closed to fix up the exhibits but as the door was open we called out and not only did she allow us in, she took the time away from her work to talk with us ... we speak Spanish so I cannot say whether or not she would have given the same info in English but she kindly enunciated slowly for our gringo ears.
Then when we asked about where to eat for lunch, a man working there suggested Comedor Nicarao which is around the corner from the museum, facing the park. TripAdvisor would not let me add that restaurant to the listing for some odd reason but they served us absolutely the best fried chicken I have ever eaten, hands down! Super tender fall off the bone with the most amazing light crispy thin crust, fantastic. Served with beans and tortillas. (Note this is not the fast food chicken place nearby). Note also they had no printed menu and gave us the food choices in Spanish.
Then another attraction is the city central park, also not listed as a place on T.A. but worth seeing as it is one of the nicest city park-plazas I have seen. Beautiful plants and small garden including an extraordinary basil —a small bush (if you are a gardener pinch off a leaf, wow), super playground for kids, and a central raised area you can climb up a spiral stair for a nice view around. Then on the opposite side of the park from the restaurant is a church—walk into the entry area to see some fantastic old carved stones, huge stone idols. There is a donation box there to help support their maintenance.
The town has a nice relaxed feeling and I would recommend a half day there if you are on the island long enough, or even base yourself there and do day trips from there. It is a lot less windy than the center (narrower) part of the island.Written 7 March 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We spent about an hour for a leisurely hike in the evening since it is across from our hotel. Part of the trail is super rocky with volcanic rock which is interesting to look at. Some trees are labeled with their names. Lots of monkeys playing high in the trees (you could get a sore neck looking up), and some interesting birds, but you need to be there early or late in the day and take the time to look around! Very clean with no trash and a nice way to relax for a little while. This is a great little community trail.Written 5 March 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Isla de Ometepe
- The best day trips from Isla de Ometepe according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- A great tour day for the ISLAND OF OMETEPE.
- Small-Group expedition of Ometepe Highlights with El Ceibo Museum
- Classic Ometepe Island
- Amazing Waterfall San Ramon NicaraguaBlue River also in Costa Rica
- Day Trip to Ometepe Island