Ometepe, a Green Paradise
While talking about volcanoes we can as well go on to Ometepe which is one of the largest islands in a lake. It consists of the two volcanoes Maderas, which is asleep, and Concepción, which is still active. The island is a tropical paradise, very green and with abundant animal life. By all means, take a tour up the volcano Maderas, on the slopes you will find coffee plantations surrounded by rainforest.
If you are very fit and a little adventurous you can climb the Concepción. To find your way up you have to bring a local guide and start in the morning before dawn. It takes five hours to climb up, and about six hours to climb down. You can go to Ometepe with a boat from Granada or from San Jorge close to Rivas in the south of Nicaragua.