Lake like an Ocean!

Trip Start Nov 16, 2009
Trip End Apr 16, 2010

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Flag of Nicaragua  , Rivas,
Thursday, January 28, 2010

Isla de Ometepe in Spanish or Ometepe inland in English was formed by twin volcanoes rising out of Lake Nicaragua.  It is Central America’s largest lake with the following statistics: covers 3,329 square miles (8,624 sq km), 110 miles long (177 km), 36 miles wide (58 km) these facts may not allow you to imagine just how big it is, but the boat ride and the view helps you to appreciate its sheer dimensions.  When you are there it is like being in an ocean, the pictures do not help you, but the map on the right hand side shows how large it is if you zoom out!

The islands two volcanoes are Concepcion, which rises 1 mile (1,610m) above the lake in an almost perfect cone (see pictures), and Maderas .86 of a mile (1,394m) (could not get any pictures from our position).  Lava flows created an isthmus between them, creating the island itself.  

The last major eruption of the active Concepcion was in 1957, but as you can see from the photographs and video (first entry, just click it to run) it is still sending ash up into the atmosphere on a regular basis.  The ferry ride from San Jorge (main port to the island) takes about 1 hour and costs about $1, the taxi half way around the island took 45 miles and cost $8!
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Donna/Tom Mazzola on

We were wondering what happened to you - did some bad guys get you? Still enjoying your blogs and photos. Darcy, you're quite the model.

Enjoy your travels. It's 0 degrees here. We're looking forward to our trip to warm climes in March.

Take care and enjoy!!


Betsy Grater on

Nice digs!

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