We had about a week left in Nicargua before we had to be at the border to cross into Costa Rica. Without hesistation we decide we should ferry over Lake Nicaragua and spend our last week on Ometepe Island. Ometepe is an island formed by two volcanoes in the middle of Lake Nicaragua.
This was our first stop on the Island is located in the isthmus at Ojo de Agua. This was/is one of my favorite places that we spent any time at. We again had zero expections driving up the dirt road wondering what was going to be at the end, the pictures above is where we found ourselves. We spent the whole day here swimming in the these natual fed spring pools surrounded in the jungle. Monkeys came out for a visit when the sun was setting and pretty soon we had the place to ourselves. The next morning we left this paradise looking for garden to spend the next few nights at. We drove towards Volcan Manderas, the smaller of the two where we found a hippie-garden-farm. It’s run by an ex-pat couple who have nightly family-style dinners and cocktail hour before dinner. Thier space was beautiful and The Globe Trol was shaded by fruit trees, flowers and herbs perfect enough for us. They called a guy down the street and got us hooked up with a dirt bike to rent within an hour of being there.
We rented the dirt bike for the day and took it around the entire island. It took us over six hours to ride around both of these islands most of the way the road is dirt and in terrible shape. We took our time and stopped several times to take in all the great views, passing countless farm animals, plantain and banana plantations and a stop for lunch halfway around the island. We stopped for lunch at a mexican restaurant in Nicaragua owned and run by an ex-pat African.
The following day the hippies’ neighbor offers to take us up the smaller volcano for a waterfall hike. It was an interesting hike, she takes us through locals yards where we are interrupting their family lunch to ask if we can pass but apparently this was her usual route. We walk past a small coffee plantation, cocoa trees, all types of fruit trees and underneath aggitated howler monkeys. Halfway up about an hour and a half she looses the trail and we were in someone yard again. For about fourty-five mins we are walking back and forth through this persons land looking for a specific trail. From this yard you could find at least eight split offs and finally we just pick one and go. Another hour and half go by and our neighbor-guide is iffy on the trail the whole way until we find the waterfall or whats left of it. It was wiped out by an earthquake a few weeks before and barely anything was left of it.
We had some beautiful weather during our stay on Ometepe Island and stunning views.