6 Things to Do on Isla de Ometepe

During the second week of my Nicaragua trip, I planned a visit to Isla de Ometepe. The island is formed by two volcanoes in the heart of Lake Nicaragua. From San Juan del Sur, you can reach Ometepe by taking a bus to Rivas and then catching a ride to the ferry in San Jorge.

I highly recommend taking a trip to Ometepe if you visit Nicaragua.Whether you are looking for adventure or to simply relax, Ometepe is an awesome spot for all travelers!

Here were some of my favorite activities:

Hike to San Ramon Waterfall

Hiking to San Ramon waterfall is a long and slippery trek, but it’s not too steep or challenging. It takes about two hours to reach the waterfall, but it is well worth the effort. Hearing the waterfall is incredibly soothing, and taking a dip in the water is refreshing after a long, sweaty hike. This definitely was one of my favorite activities during my Nicaragua trip!


There are lots of opportunities to rent kayaks across Isla de Ometepe and most are less than $5/hour. One of the best places to explore by kayak is Rio Istián, which is the river swampland found between the island’s two volcanos. Rio Istián features amazing wildlife, including birds, lizards, and monkeys. On quieter days you can also see caimans, which are smaller, less aggressive crocodiles.

Beautiful image of horse crossing a river while kayaking in Isla de Ometepe during my trip in Nicaragua

Zip Lining

For only $25, you can sling yourself from this incredible zip-line with over one dozen wires and rappels. The course features amazing island views and descends from one of the highest peaks on the island. I’m a big zip-line fan and this was one of my all-time favorites! You can learn more or schedule a reservation here.

Volcano Hiking

Since Ometepe is an island with two large volcanos, hiking at least one of the island’s volcanos is a must! Both hikes are known for being incredibly challenging, so if you are looking for something less strenuous, you might want to consider some of the island’s other hikes. Each volcano has several unique hikes with various levels of difficulty and visibility.

Ojo de Agua

This hidden oasis was the perfect answer to Nicaragua’s blistering July heat. The pool can be found behind lush greenery near a banana plantation off the main road and is well worth the 40 cordoba ($2) entry fee.

Hammock Time

One of my favorite things to do during my trip in Nicaragua was reading or relaxing in a hammock with a nice view. The laid-back Ometepe vibe was perfect for relaxing. I even ended up purchasing a hammock to take home with me from a local marketplace.

If you’ve visited Isla de Ometepe, what were the highlights of your visit?

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  • Reply
    December 1, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Wow, I had no idea Nicaragua was so pretty!
    It definitely jumped up my list after these photos lol 🙂

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    Cez of Etramping
    February 18, 2017 at 1:29 am

    This looks spectacular! Literally everything you’ve mentioned sounds like a blast. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      February 18, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks, Cez! Glad you enjoyed my list, Nicaragua is an amazing place!

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