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The last eruption from this dormant volcano was 10,000 years ago.
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
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Reviewed July 20, 2019 via mobile

Firstly there are two routes, one leaving from Finca Magdelena on the north side if the island, the other from Santa Cruz. We climbed from Magdalena and had a guide. Normally we wouldn't hike with guides although it proved helpful when the path splits as...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 17, 2019 via mobile

Let me begin by offering some context...we are an a active, healthy and fit couple. We run marathons, cycle long distances, hike various terrains and distances and generally involve ourselves in any physical activity opportunity. Given this, we were really excited at the prospect of...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 756diannaj
Reviewed July 15, 2019

Volcan Maderas is covered in forest, which makes it a great place to hike if you burn easily! The top 300-400 meters are cloud forest; we couldn't see anything on the way up because it was too cloudy, but luckily on the way down, the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed April 17, 2019

Put it this way. It's the easy volcano on the island ....! Upside, it's under a jungle canopy most of the way, blocking the intense sun. It's still hot. Is it easy, no. Is it hard, no. Our friend tells us it's 4.5 hours round...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JGSingers
Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

When I came to Ometepe I really wanted to hike the volcano Maderas. As I met two girls in the hostel who were into it as well we did in - on our own, without a guide. And that was the best decision ever! It...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank fraenzzmaenn
Reviewed January 29, 2019 via mobile

Tough but worth the trek. Start early and go as far as you like. There's no switchbacks so it's a rigorous trail. Only go if you're in good physical shape.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank vickyk709
Reviewed January 2, 2019

even not as adventurous as conception volcan in ometepe island, much better for hiking in the one of only two cloud forest in Nicaragua! best deal is to take the hike from Zopilote hostel between Santa Cruz and Balgue. is only $8 p/p, it starts...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Andreas C
Reviewed August 25, 2018

Arranged hike through hostel I was staying at. Think I paid around $20 and there were a few of us along with our guide. There was also a small fee entering the park but I think that was included in the $20. I was told...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank M F
Reviewed July 13, 2018

Maderas is the smaller of the two volcanoes that make up the island of Omatepe. It has not been active in historic times, unlike its sister, Volcan Concepcion. The slopes of the volcano are home to a cloud forest. Prehistoric petroglyphs have been found here...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank heyjudithz
Reviewed June 25, 2018

This hike was a highlight of my trip to Nicaragua. It is a challenging hike, even for experienced hikers, because much of the trail requires scrambling over rocks and difficult terrain. You also gain a lot of elevation quickly. It was rainy the day we...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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