21.11.2011 - 23.11.2011 28 °C
After spending a good 4 days in the city of Leon, we headed for Isla Ometepe. Ometepe is a volcanic island formed by two volcanoes in Lake Nicaragua, just outside of Managua the capital city of Nicaragua.
Ometepe is very popular with the hiking crowd, and it's biggest attractions are obviously climbing the two volcanoes. We decided not to climb either for two reasons; it rained every afternoon, and there are only a few days of the year when the peaks are not covered in cloud. We decided it would be very anticlimatic to spend six hours hiking up a volcano only to see fog, and then slide back down in mud and rain. (Also we were a little volcanoed-out, and lazy...)
One of the volcanoes shrouded in cloud
Loads of people had been raving about Ometepe, so our expectations of the place were high. We arrived on the island just as it started to rain after what can be characterized as a a semi-comfortable boat trip from the main land depending on your sea legs.
We walked around the little town at the jetty, and decided we were not impressed. We were, on the other hand, tired and in need of a shower, so we found a place and crashed.
The next day we woke up to better weather, and after much indecision we finally rented a bike and drive around the island instead of climbing the volcanoes
We started our tour by checking out a mineral water lagoon called Ojo de Agua. The place had been built up like a pool, but instead of your normal chlorinated pool water, crystal clear natural mineral water ran through it. The security guy at the entrance tried to convince us it was a fountain of youth. Right. Magical powers or not, it was a beautiful place
After spending some time at the lagoon we headed for one of the beaches on the other side of the island. It turned out that rainy season is not the best time to visit the beaches of Ometepe, as they are all submerged. Nevertheless it was a nice ride, and Jason was pretty pumped to show me his newly acquired bike skills. I was impressed for about five minutes until he tried going around a speed bump like a local and we almost bailed, after that I mostly just kept my eyes shut.
If you're on an island consisting of two volcanoes, is there really anywhere to go in the case of an eruption?
Even security guards need a nap
After sightseeing we had dinner with a really nice kiwi couple, Ally and Sean, and when the power went out we decided to call it a night and leave the next morning. Our next stop was another beach town, that of San Juan del Sur close to the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border