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The last eruption from this dormant volcano was 10,000 years ago.
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 Vicky K
Reviewed 2 January 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 andreasU1570QD
Reviewed 25 August 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 13 July 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 25 June 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
Thank Sara M
Reviewed 22 May 2018

be prepared to be SOAKED the whole way up (even if it isn't raining). Views might be compromised due to cloud cover, but totally worth it regardless.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Jennifer W
Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Don't think this is a cruisey day! This is hard work and not for the faint hearted. Hike took 8hours on the dot from Santa Cruz Hostel. Our Guide was organised by the Hostel his name was Dimas and an absolute legend!! Friendly fun and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank melhmelh
Reviewed 28 April 2018

I wasn't expecting the trail to the top to be so muddy, nor so slippery. Turns out that's what a 'cloud forest' is like! Great climb, but more challenging than I was prepared for - I really needed boots too.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank StylishMarketer
Reviewed 28 April 2018

This is a nice hike, but mostly in the forest, only a few view points on the way up. At the top it is a scramble, there are some ropes & wires to assist at the very top, but its sketchy. Would not suggest it...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank DGM778
Reviewed 22 April 2018

This is a tough 8 hour hike. I consider our group as athletic; we hike 2-4x/month and exercise weekly. This hike however is steep and long. Be prepared to use the tree branches and trunks to stabilize yourself as you weave your way up the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Stephanie P
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