Ometepe island is one of the 4 places you must go when you visit Nicaragua. That’s why we had to go, plus the fact that the feedback we had was only positive. We were planning to spend 3 days on the island, which is enough time to climb up Maderas volcano and take advantage of the eco/green finca El Zopilote…
In fact Ometepe island is almost two islands. Indeed, it is made of two stratovolcanos : La Concepcion and Maderas. Both of them have created an island with their lava flows wich end up forming one island. Its name comes from the fact there is two mountains on the island: “Ome” means two while “tepe” means mountain.
From Granada, we took a bus to Rivas, then a taxi from the bus terminal up to San Jorge where we took the ferry toward Ometepe.
After an half & hour crossing the lake, we arrived at Moyogalpa. There, we asked for a bus but all the taxi drivers who rushed to the boat exit told us there were no buses… Hum, so how the local move from one point to another point of the island? They don’t know, they said.. so you need to take a taxi..
But once you walk a few steps away of the ferry terminal (if we can name this a ferry terminal) we find a bus just waiting for us… (just on time)
Ok, it is true that it took us two hours to reach the finca El Zopilote while it would have taken around 45 min with a taxi… But it was fun to embark in a bus which was full, up to the roof… But not so full for the driver (we were already standing up in the bus with our big bags at the back) because he decided to stop another time to take more people while some concrete bags and large pipes were loaded at the same time.. How will they fit everything.
By the time we get to the entrance of Zopilote, it was pitch dark. And we reach the reception after a 10 min walk in the jungle.
The second day we were planning to climb Maderas volcano. Only issue for us on that day was the fact that the weather wa cloudy.. We couldn’t see the summit.. So how could we expect to see something from the top…
On top of that, I am a bit sick and it starts to rain.. Yeah, perfect weather to do nothing.. But Caroline will take the opportunity to do some horse ridding on the beach while I try to write some interesting stuff on the blog…
We spend a second night but the weather is not getting better… We decide to leave the island… The good news is that our new Credit Card is finally arrived in San Jose in Costa Rica.. Finally!! Caroline leaves the same day to San Jose where she will spend a night at Adriana and Andres place while I get back to Granada and stay at our favorite backpacker (the same before we left to go to Ometepe Island)
Last news.. The Nicaragua has approved the construction and exploitation by a foreign company to build a new interoceanic canal between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This canal will go through Nicaragua Lake and therefore not far from Ometepe Island. So the best moment to go to Ometepe Island is NOW….
Blog you soon,