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Ometepe - Nicaragua

Ometepe, Nicaragua
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Volcanic Wonder   Nicaragua

Volcanic Wonder

The volcanoes extending along the Pacific coast from Guatemala to Panama in Central America are truly sights to behold. Some are dormant, many are very active, but all are beautiful feats of nature native to this part of the world.

Ometepe, in Nicargua, is unique in that it is a figure eight shaped island formed by two volcanoes rising from fresh water Lake Nicaragua.

Volcan Maderas is no longer active, has a crater lake at the top, and supports a diverse rainforest environment. Volcan Concepcion, on the other hand, is very much alive, the most recent eruption occurring in 2010.

To reach Ometepe, you generally need to take a 1 - 1 1/2 hour ferry ride from San Jorge. As you set sail you can see the grand island off in the distance. Soon, the dual volcanoes come more clearly into view, Maderas with its chopped off top, Concepcion in its perfectly symmetrical shape, smoke spewing from its mouth.