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To Isla Ometepe

Lake Nicaragua, the largest of several freshwater lakes in the southwest of the country and the largest lake in Central America, is also the 9th largest in the Americas and only slightly smaller than Lake Titicaca in South America.
With an elevation of 32,7 metres above sea level it occupies an area of 8.264 km².

In Lake Nicaragua you find more than 400 islands.
300 of them are situated within 8 km of the city of Granada.
Most of the islands are covered with a rich growth of vegetation including tropical fruit trees.

The largest island, Isla Ometepe is 26 km long and 13 km wide. It consists mainly of two volcanoes, the Concepciσn and Maderas, that are joined by a thin, flat isthmus of 3 km. On the picture in the WS you can see both volcanoes.

Volcano Concepciσn rises to 1.610 m and is one of the country’s most active volcanoes while the extinct Maderas attains an elevation of 1.394 m.
It is possible to climb to the two craters, respectively minimum 10 and 8 hours (only the climb up).
Both climbs are incredibly heavy, only suitable for people in excellent physical condition and it’s mandatory to go with an experienced local guide.

It will not surprise you that most travelers to Nicaragua also visit Isla Ometepe.
The boat trip from San Jorge (near Rivas) on the mainland to Moyogalpa on the island takes about an hour and there are 18 daily departures.

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