Insider's Guide to Granada

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Ometepe Island (Isla de Ometepe)

The largest island in Lake Nicaragua is Ometepe Island (La Isla de Ometepe), a two-four hour boat ride from Granada. The island is shaped like a figure-eight, and the name "Ometepe" means two mountains - in fact, the island is made up of two volcanoes that are connected on one side by a narrow strip of land. Ometepe Island supports a substantial population (more than 40,000 people) and can be a good option for an overnight (or several days) trip from Granada.

Note that boats from Granada for Isla de Ometepe don't leave every day, and the trip is not always a smooth one, but once on the island visitors enjoy beautiful scenery and an array of outdoor activities including hiking on the volcanoes, horseback riding, cycling, fishing and kayaking. Ometepe Island also has archaeological significance, with petroglyphs and artifacts on the island dating back to 2000 BCE. You may want to hire a local guide to help you get around (transportation on the islands isn't great) and direct you to the best hiking trails.

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