Blogs from Isla de Ometepe, Southern Pacific Coast, Nicaragua, Central America Caribbean


We got up and ready to head out. We're just taking overnight bags, and leaving the rest of the stuff at the beach house. Sylvia was a little delayed in getting ready, but we still had an hour and a half to do a drive that should just be an hour, so we figured that was plenty of padding. The drive out from the beach house wasn't nearly as bad as the drive in. It was much easier to see the bumps in the road in the light of day, and navigation wasn't nearly as difficult when we'd already been on the road once. In about 25 minutes, we were already getting off the dirt road that had held us captive for probably an hour and a half when we had initially arrived. Phew! The rest ... read more

I need to specify that this was part of the trip about 2-3 weeks ago, before the big spread of COVID-19 in the Aemricas. :-) I did drive all around the island in 2 shots: first time to south part, (around Maderas), and other to do North(,Concepcion). Like mentioned in previous blog, around Maderas, it gets bumpy, very narrow and rocky for 1-2 kilometers, at South-East part of the road.I was driving a small car, and only had to take it easy to go by.But during rainy season. I would ask locals to make sure it's safe. The road around Concepcion is really much better, especially on the South side. So even if your gps tells you to go by North part of the road to Moyagalpa because it's shorter, it's definitively a better road on ... read more
ojo de agua plan
maderas volcano
Conception volcano

Ometepe island was one of my top 2 places to visit in Nicaragua, and I wasn't deceived!! First thing is to get there. Although there are a few flights a week to get there from Managua, it's more fun and exotic to take the boat to reach it. :-) One important thing about the ferry. If you don't have a car or other transportation, you can take the ferry or smaller boat at any time without any preparation. But if you have a car or a truck, it would be very wise to reserve in advance!!! Reason is that not only tourists go to the island, but also many delivery trucks, and ferries are not that big. To give you an idea, on one ferry you can put: one long 53 feet truck, another truck less ... read more
Volcano at suset
Cobbled road
On the highway south to Rivas

Nicaragua has a whole chain of volcanoes running through it, north to south, some currently or recently active. About a week ago I boarded a large ferry and giddy-upped across a gusty lake Nicaragua (wet luggage) to Ometepe island, created by 2 massive volcanoes, one at each end. In between the volcanoes lies a very productive, agricultural saddle of greens, corn, beans, yucca, bananas, various nuts, , and then going up the slopes of the volcanoes, there's more beans, coffee, cocoa, big tropical timber and finally, moist cloud forests cap the summits. Down on ths coast the food and cooking the Nicaraguan way is delicious. The island has been cultivated by humans for ovsr 3 millenia, and hence its also a bit of an archeological treasure trove. On one of the first days I hopped on ... read more

On Wednesday, April 18, after coming back from the Treehouse Hostel, Rebecka and I went on our way to Isla de Ometepe, a big island on Lago Nicaragua. We wanted to take a taxi to the bus station, but in the end the taxi driver made us a quite good price to bring us directly to San Jorge, the place from where the ferry leaves. Since I was hangover and she was tired, we didn’t mind spending a bit more money to have a comfortable ride, for once. ^_^ We took the last ferry, at 5PM, to San José del Sur. The ferry took an eternity, about 1 1/2 hours, and we missed the last bus to Balgue, so we had to take a taxi. Those were super expensive (10$US p.P.), but there was un unofficial ... read more

Mittwoch, den 18. April, nachdem wir vom Treehouse Hostel zurück waren, machten Rebecka und ich uns auf den Weg zur Isla de Ometepe, einer großen Insel im See Nicaragua. Wir wollten eigentlich nur ein Taxi zur Bushaltestelle nehmen, aber schlussendlich machte der Taxifahrer uns einen sehr guten Preis und wir sind mit ihm direkt nach San Jorge gefahren, der Ort von dem aus das Boot nach Ometepe fährt. Da ich total den Kater hatte und Rebecka müde war, störte es uns nicht, auch mal ein bisschen mehr für einen — für einmal — bequemen Transport auszugeben. ^_^ Wir nahmen das letzte Boot, um 17h, nach San José del Sur. Das Boot brauchte eine Ewigkeit, ungefähr 1 1/2 Stunden, und so verpassten wir den letzten Bus zu unserem Hostel nach Balgue und mussten uns ein Taxi nehmen. ... read more

Hola Chicos, It has been a few weeks since the last blog, so just a short one with some activities I have done past few weeks. Spent the last few weekends seeing more of the island. Sherri and I rented bicycles one Saturday to go and see the San Ramon Waterfall. We caught the bus for a few stops to a bike rental, $5 per day. The waterfall is 50 metres high and situated partway up the Volcan Maderas, on the opposite side of the volcano from the farm. The road was paved for approx. 25% of the journey, the rest being rocky and rough! It took just under 2 hours to get to the waterfall entrance, a Biological station, but with a stop so probably an hour and a half, 14km. Oddly if you google ... read more
More steep paths!
Sherri walking up the start of the trail
Collecting palm leaves for a roof

Hola, chicos. Well into my last week at the Bona Fide project on Ometepe Island Nicaragua. I have mentioned and shown pictures of the farm but thought would try and give a better eplanation of the farm! As mentioned in earlier blogs the farm is 26 acres and was back in 2000 a cow field, reforested by planting 11,000 plus trees and 1,000 fruit trees in 2001. That owner then sold the farm due to illness and the current owners still run it as a Permaculture farm,Bona Fide, a non profit organisation. It has been designed and planted as an agroforestry farm, incorporating various species within each other. I am told over 76 number of plant species,. The farm runs an annual Permaculture Design Course, has intern programmes and also educational group visits. The main food ... read more
Big hands or small Bannanas!
Bits sunbathing
Last bit of the door

Ich sitze im (völlig überfüllten) Bus von San Jorge nach Managua und schreibe dir diese Zeilen - natürlich ohne Internet, vorerst einfach nur als Notiz... Ich liebe diese stundenlangen Reisen, „gefangen“ in Bus, Flugzeug, Zug oder auf Schiff. Viel Raum für Nichts, viel Zeit für freie Gedanken. Ich hab die größte Übelkeit der letzten Tage überwunden und finde mich emotional wieder in Dankbarkeit, was für ein tolles Wochenende auf Ometepe. Einer wahrlich magischen Insel - offenbar mit etwa 270 km² weltweit die größte vulkanische Insel in einem Süßwassersee, danke Wikipedia... In unserem "Dschungelcamp" El Zopilote war ein ganz besonderer Flair, ein freundschaftliches Zusammensein mit allen anderen Reisenden, manche bleiben mehrere Wochen sogar Monate lang hier. Wenn man die Umgebung betrachtet ist das nicht verwunderlich. Ich hab in einem Baumhaus geschlafen, lei... read more
Flying (oben) Basing (unten) - schon etwas fortgeschrittener
Unsere Gruppe
Wieder Zuhause - Arbeit ohne Lola geht nicht

Buenas chicos, Only been a week since the last blog but done a few things and lots of new pictures to share so another blog! Mentioned in my last blog the list of things I want to see and do while here on Ometepe, well this week managed to tick one off, the hardest one, hiking Volcan Concepción. Levis, who also works at the farm, was our qualified guide for the hike, he has done this hike over a hundred times and only a handful has he seen it cloudless. Unfortunately it had clouds the day we went, however the plus is that if hiking in full sun it must be a killer! Also dont realise how high you are and I am not great with heights! The hike is approx 6.5km up and down with ... read more
Up we go
Getting steeper
Another needed rest

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