Horseback Riding and Kayaking on Ometepe Island
If you are a fan of riding horses or kayaking you should have a look at
the following tours. We can arrange horseback riding tours around the
Moyogalpa area and in Merida on Volcano Maderas. If you are experienced
with horses you can rent them also per hour without a guide.
is possible to do kayaking on the Charco Verde Lagoon and on Río Istíam
on the isthmus between the two volcanoes, starting in Merida at our
partner's restaurant and kayak station - Caballitos del Mar. The kayaks
can also be rented hourly without a guide.
Haris Horses in Merida and Waterfall San RamonHari
from Haris Horses, located in Merida on the western side of Volcano
Maderas, takes you out on unforgettable horseback riding tours on the
slopes of the volcano. Tours are available in spanish, english, german
Start in Merida and take a 4 hour roundtrip ride to
the San Ramon waterfall through the gorgeous setting of the tropical
dry forest of Volcano Maderas. The way back will bring you along some
beaches on the coast line between San Ramon and Merida. The maximum
amount of persons for this tour is 6.
|⊗ As said above the tour
takes around 4 hours and you should bring a 1,5 liter bottle of water
per person, a hat, mosquito repellent, sun blocker or a long sleeve
shirt, long trousers and a towel if you plan to swim at the waterfall.
We ask you to only bring items necessary for the ride with you.
Backpacks can be stored at the farm during the tour. You will have the
chance to buy lunch in a small local run restaurant on the way.|
|Other, more extended
tours of 6 to 8 hours, going on further to a petroglyph site on the
southern coast of Volcano Maderas or around the volcano are also
available. Please note that horseback-riding tours that take more than
4 hours of time require experience with horses and riding and are
recommended for more advanced riders only.|
Horseback Riding around MoyogalpaA
nice and relaxing way to explore the area around Moyogalpa is by horse.
Take one of our horseback riding tours up the volcano for about 300
meters of altitude and enjoy the view from there. On the way back to
ground level the excursion will take you to the beach at La Punta Jésus
Maria in La Paloma, 2 kilometers outside of Moyogalpa, where you can
have a refreshing swim in the lake before you come back to the village.
Please note, the maximum amount of persons per group for this trip is 4.
|⊗ The tour around
Moyogalpa takes between 3 to 4 hours and you should bring 1,5 liters of
water, a snack, a hat or basecap, sun blocker or a long-sleeve shirt
and a towel if you want to jump into the lake at La Punta Jésus Maria.|
Kayaking on Río IstiamOne of the best
experiences you can have on Ometepe Island is the kayak tour through
the Istiam River. Picking up the kayaks in Merida at Caballitos del Mar
you will paddle north along the coast line between Río Istiam and
Merida to get to the isthmus where you enter the river.
offers you a good and ample view of Ometepe's biodiversity as the
swampy area with its tropical vegetation is a perfect retreat for
animals of all kinds. You will see a wide variety of animals, like
birds, turtels, caimans, butterflies and others more while you are
kayaking on the calm waters of the river.
This area is a great
spot for birdwatchers and tours in this spectrum of interest can be
arranged for the early mornings and late afternoons too. We ask you to
advise us if you need a bilingual guide for your tour.
|⊗ The regular kayak tour
on Río Istiam takes around 3 hours. You should bring about 2 liters of
water and a snack. It is absolutely necessary to bring a hat, sun block
or a long sleeve shirt and sun glasses, mosquito repellent. Do not pack
to heavy, otherwise you can leave your belongings at the kayak station
for the time of your tour.|
Charco Verde Lagoon and Lake KayakingAt
Charco Verde Nature Reserve it is possible to combine your hike around
the lagoon with some kayaking and get a view of the area from the
water. Charco Verde is home to plenty of bird families, a group of
howler monkeys and sometimes white face monkeys are hanging around in
the trees. But these are just a few among a lot of other animals like
insects, different types of lizards or turtels. The nature reserve is
also a good place for some birdwatching in the morning.
also be brought onto the lake and a little tour along the coast line
into the next bay can be made to get to a small, uninhabited island
called Isla Quiste about 100m off Ometepe.
|⊗ For this activity we
recommend to take about a liter of water, depending on the time you
like to spend kayaking. A hat, sun block or long sleeve shirt and sun
glasse are highly recommended as the reflection of the sun on the water
is very intense on some days.|