isla de ometepe

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volcan conception

Isla de Ometepe is an island in lake Cocibolca (lake Nicaragua) made up of 2 volcanoes Maderas and Concepcion joined by a narrow piece of land. We stayed in Merida- which is on the Maderas side. This really felt isolated. There are a few chicken buses that go back and forth on the roads around the island but not a lot of other vehicles at all. Lots of little houses with little kids, chickens, pigs, horses, you name it. The hostel we stayed at was really nice and we met lots of nice people from all over. It was on the water and we seen some great sunsets with the perfectly conical Volvan Concepcion in the background. There was lots of great hammocks to swing in. The main activity to do here is of course to climb the volcano- most people do Maderas, Concepcion is more active and is supposed to really be for those people who want to torture themselves.

kayaking
We chose to do neither.

We did however go on a great kayak ride to the Rio Istian- basically a nice soundning name for a swamp- but it was great! We had perfect clear views of Concepcion- which had been all clouded over till then. It took us a good hour of paddling to the opening of the swamp- and it was so shallow at the opening we just pushed ourselves in with our paddles with the bottom of the boat dragging. The water temp in hear was disturbingly hot! The swamp looked like prime alligator and snake territory- but we knew it must be perfectly safe cuz we had received no warnings from the people at the hostel. The water plants were so thick we could barely plow through them with our paddles. We paddled under one big fallen tree that had a bunch of bats hanging out underneath it. We seen tons of huge birds and a family of spider monkeys which fortunately did not through their feces at us.

We also hiked up to the 60m San Ramon waterfall- which was beautiful- though strenuous to get to. It reconfirmed that we didnĀ“t want to do the volcano! It was a 4km walk down the road from the trailhead and then supposedly 3km uphill- more like 4 or 5 we think. We heard lots of howler monkeys on the trail. The waterfall provides the drinking water for the surrounding area. Next day we were off to San Juan (only after Wes and some tourists push started the bus).

rickety says:
Hi wes and amy
finally got around to dropping you a note. I only forgot my password etc. so had to start over again. The entries are very good. an enjoyable read. Aunty barb and I will be following your progress and wish you both the best for a safe and enjoyable trip.
cheers, uncle don
Posted on: May 29, 2006
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volcan conception
volcan conception
kayaking
kayaking
ferry to ometepe
ferry to ometepe
volcan conception
volcan conception
volcan maderas
volcan maderas
paddling up the rio istian
paddling up the rio istian
volcan conception
volcan conception
paddling through the foilage
paddling through the foilage
notice the smoke from conception
notice the smoke from conception
rio istian
rio istian
we were on the lookout for snakes
we were on the lookout for snakes
san ramon waterfall
san ramon waterfall
lots of birds
lots of birds
get out of the drinking water!
get out of the drinking water!
monkeys in the swamp
monkeys in the swamp
checking out the monkeys
checking out the monkeys
Merida
photo by: Higton