MoyogalpaThis little town hosts the main port of the island and is the “busy place” on Ometepe. You can choose from a number of accommodations at different price ranges, as well as restaurants, banks and shops in this small town. Several places offer scooters, motorcycles and bike rentals.
As its dock is the main transportation hub of Ometepe, several boat connections every day go between Moyogalpa and San Jorge dock on the mainland. A recently built airport for domestic and international use outside of Moyogalpa will be put into operation soon. Moyogalpa is an excellent base for tours all over the island and for volcano hikes as well. ..more sights ↑
It lies just about 2km south of Moyogalpa, and depending on the varying water levels throughout the year, it can extend from 50 meters to 2 kilometers into the lake.
This is also a great spot to enjoy spectacular sunsets as it is facing straight west.
The name Punta Jesus Maria came from the fact that when you walk just a few meters past the sand line, it seems like you are walking on water, just like Jesus Christ.
It is a short bike ride of about 15 minutes from Moyogalpa, whether you just want to go for a quick swim or enjoy one of the amazing sunsets this place offers. ..more sights ↑
Museos El Ceibo Ometepe Island on YouTube
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Museos El CeiboThe archeological section of Museums El Ceibo contains pieces of pottery, tools, weapons, funeral urns and a room thematically dedicated to the position of women in pre-Hispanic society. All items displayed here have been found on Ometepe Island, mostly close to the actual location of the museum in San Lazaro.
The second part of the museums is the numismatic section, in which you will find an exhibition of currencies used throughout Nicaraguan history, from gold and cacao to bills and coins as we know them today. The exhibition is in the order of a time line, ranging from the pre-Hispanic era to the present time.. ..more sights ↑
If hiking isn’t your thing, just have a swim in the calm waters of the bay. Charco Verde Hotel is next to the beach and offers drinks and food to complete your beach experience.
Kayaks are available at the hotel to do some kayaking on the lake or the lagoon. ..more sights ↑
Ojo de Agua, Ometepe Island on YouTube
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Ojo de AguaThe fresh and cool water which fills the two pools at Ojo de Agua is brought from the nearby spring, and is said to be rich in minerals and of a healthy character. Ojo de Agua lies centrally on the isthmus between the two volcanoes, still within walking distance from Santo Domingo beach area.
This is a perfect spot to spend a lazy day or recover from a previous, more physical activity like a volcano hike or a kayak tour.
The large trees surrounding the area give ample spaces of shadow, and complete the relaxing setting with its ranchos, hammocks and beach chairs. There is a restaurant on site which serves drinks and food. We recommend to visit Ojo de Agua during the week as on weekends it sometimes gets pretty full. ..more sights ↑
About 1.5 kilometers outside of town is Puerto de Gracia, which connects the island with Granada on the northern and San Carlos on the southern shore of Lake Nicaragua. Boats leave Alagracia two times a week in each direction (Granada 4 hours, San Carlos 10 hours) ..more sights ↑
Santo Domingo BeachThis is the only beach on Ometepe with white sand and is located along the isthmus between the two vulcnoes. In the Santo Domingo area you will find shallow waters and time for relaxing. There are a few nice restaurants and hotels along the beach and further on following the beach to San Fernando and Santa Cruz, the first village on Volcano Maderas.
Ojo de Agua for even more relaxing, and the Peña Inculta Sendero a nice trail for walking and bird watching in the mornings and afternoons are nearby. ..more sights ↑
Petrolglyphs El PorvenirThis is by far the most easy to access and protected petroglyph site on the island. You will find several petroglyphs of different sizes scattered over the area. It is also the start and end point for our hikes up to the crater lagoon of Volcano Maderas.
We also offer a more detailed petroglyph day tour, in which we’ll drive you around all of Maderas and show you 2 other sites in more remote areas. Please note that one of these additional sites is partially under water and only make sense to visit it between February and beginning of May. ..more sights ↑
Kayaking on Rio Istiam on YouTube
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Río IstiamThe Río Istiam area is a swampy terrain on the western side of the isthmus between Maderas and Concepción. It is only accessible by water and is a perfect spot to see all kinds of wildlife as it is a refugee to various species like birds, turtles, caimans, butterflies etc. A great way to see them in this stunning natural environment is on a kayak tour organized by our partners from Caballitos del Mar. This excursion leaves from Merida goes along the shore of Merida and enters Río Istiam from the lakeside. As a part of this day tour we suggest combining it with a visit to Ojo de Agua and the Petroglyphs at El Porvenir. You will find more information about the Río Istiam tours in the kayak section of this page. Río Istiam tours in the kayak section of this page. ..more sights ↑
San Ramon WaterfallIt is a moderate hike of about 3.5 hours to reach the Waterfall just above the village of San Ramon. Please have a look at our page about the different hikes on Ometepe Island to find more information about the waterfall hike. The hike can be shortened by going up closer to the actual site in a vehicle and can be included into a day tour to allow you to visit various sights of Ometepe Island during the day. ..more sights ↑
San Ramon Waterfall on YouTube