Volcan Maderas
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Getting to know la isla de Ometepe
You may not know it, but in the middle of Lake Nicaragua – a lake that makes Lake Tahoe seem like a swimming pool, lies the magical island of Ometepe. It’s home to not one, but two volcanoes, a seemingly endless shoreline and a plethora of organic farms. The island is both an agricultural hub and tourist destination. Many families here are members of cooperatives which give them the opportunity to grow their own food and sell what they don't eat. Much of the coffee grown here is of the highest quality, according to US and Canada standards, and is exported and sold abroad. While you're here, you have to climb the Maderas Volcano -- a six hour grueling climb. At the summit you can cool off in the lake at the center of this dormant volcano. Don't expect a view from the top, as the top of this volcano is almost always shrouded in clouds. When you're not climbing the volcano, I recommend checking out El Punto, a local swimming spot in Balgue. Just ask a local where it is.
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