Lake Nicaragua & Ometepe

Lago Cocibolca

Lago Cocibolca (also known as Lake Nicaragua) is the largest lake in Central America.

Encompassing 3,191 square miles, Lake Nicaragua is linked to the Caribbean by the Rio San Juan and is home to migrating freshwater sharks, tarpon, and sawfish.

Ometepe Island

For most visitors, Lake Nicaragua’s focal point is Isla de Ometepe, commonly known as Ometepe Island.

A photo of the Concepción volcano in the distance over a lush green tropical forest, photographed on a family vacation on Ometepe Island

Ometepe Island is an island formed by the cones of twin volcanoes: active Concepción and dormant Maderas.

Their slopes are crisscrossed with trails, offering hikers excellent summit views of the lake and the Pacific Ocean.

Hiking Concepción and Maderas Volcanoes

Concepción is covered in tropical dry forest, while the heights of Maderas are more humid.

A colorful yellow and red bus parked on the shores of Nicaragua Lake, with Ometepe volcano in background

Along the trails, hikers will encounter White-faced capuchins and Mantled howler monkeys.

The island’s first known inhabitants were Nahuatl, arriving from what is now Mexico.

Ancient Petroglyphs and Statues

Petroglyphs and statues, some thought to date to 300 BC, are scatted around the island, with a higher concentration on the north side of Volcan Maderas.


Images depict spirals, monkeys, turtles, birds, and deer.

Getting to Ometepe

Isla de Ometepe is most easily reached via the southern shore town of Rivas, located approximately 45 south of Granada.

Ferries in the neighboring town of San Jorge cross to the port of Moyogalpa on Ometepe’s western shore.

A Shot of the shore of Lake cocibolca, with the Concepción volcano in the distance, shot on a hiking tour of Ometepe Island in Nicaragua

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“Out of the midst of beautiful Lake Nicaragua, spring two magnificent pyramids. Clad in the softest and richest green, all flecked with shadow and sunshine, whose summits pierce the billowy clouds. They look so isolated from the world and its turmoil, so tranquil, so dreamy, so steeped in the slumber and eternal repose.”

Mark Twain

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