Water Sports and Hiking on Ometepe
Ometepe is a magical island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. Formed by two separate volcanoes, Maderas and Conception, the island is paradise for those looking to enjoy the slow pace of life while also staying active. It sounds contradictory, but you can manage to do both! Fill your days with hiking, biking, kiteboarding, and kayaking. There's also ample opportunity for swimming, both in the lake (watch out for sharks, seriously) and in natural springs. If you are trying to decide which volcano to hike, know that Maderas is easier, though still a challenge, but Conception offers better views. Be careful if you decide to rent motorbikes or ATVs on the island. I could identify people who had been to Ometepe based on their injuries from recent accidents. The motorbikes aren't in great condition, and the roads are even worse.