Ecological Reserve Charco Verde
Although degraded by the owners who have deforested lands above the body of water to seed cattle pasture, this tranquil coastal lagoon is still worth a visit. Home to the island’s most legendary ghost and a fresh water Atlantis, Charco Verde or Green Lagoon attracts some beautiful wading birds and mangrove trees that hide turtles and boas; while forest around the lagoon is home to many fruit trees and howler monkeys.
San Ramón Cascade
The biggest cascade on the island is a one hour hike from the private farm that sits at its trail head. Though damaged by farming pressures on its water output, this is a big attraction for many visitors looking for shorter mountain hikes than the summit trail and it affords a glimpse at some beautiful flora and lake views. On clear days Costa Rica’s northwestern Volcanoes are visible from the upper trail head.
Finca and Playa Santo Domingo
La Finca Santo Domingo was founded in the mid-nineteenth century, the family Floes, who emigrated Chontales department seeking better horizons. The family settled on a small property of 106 blocks, located in the region of the shores of Lake tilgen, which was called Hope, then eventually took the name of Finca Santo Domingo livestock traditional vocation. Given the growing demand of tourists in the 90s, several of the properties located on the coast of Playa Santo Domingo were converted into hotels and restaurants, which focused its offer these beautiful 4 km of white sandy beach and water volcanic shallow ideal for enjoying safe bathing, which currently represent one of the main centers of attraction of the island of Ometepe.
La Peña Inculta Trail
A pleasant, if rocky, 1.5 km hike through the best preserved lowland forest on Ometepe. The Peña trail cuts through volcanic rock fields trapped in tropical dry forest and is home to some of the islands oldest trees. This forest is home to thousands of nesting parakeets and parrots like the endangered Yellow-napped Amazon Parrot, while howler and white-faced monkeys are also prevalent.
One of the best bird watching sites on the island, this river that cuts into then isthmus that connects the islands’ two great volcanoes in accessible from Mérida. Many choose to explore the river in kayak or row boat rented from locales. Views of Concepción are impressive and birding and wildlife watching are rewarding.
Punta de Jesús María
Punta de Jesus Maria, is a peninsula located 4 km south of Moyogalpa, formed by the accumulation of ash and dust from the volcano Conception. Also called Punta de la Paloma. This is one of the most visited by tourists because of the panoramic view of the volcanoes. You can walk on the sand and ashes into the lake, which in summer can reach up to 2 km, giving the feeling of walking on water.
Volcano Adventure Tour Conception
Concepción volcano tour can be done with two variations: the ascent to the Floral and the ascent to the crater. The recommended time-out is at 6:00 am., By car to the community of La Concepcion and La Sabana, where the ascent begins 30 minutes after arriving and have received general recommendations of the guide. The first stage is a buffer zone of the rise and nature reserve.
Maderas Volcano Natural Reserve
The Maderas volcano has much to offer in terms of natural and archaeological wealth. Its forests are potentially the most diverse of any forest of its size in Nicaragua, showing a transition from rain forest to cloud forest, dry forest and elfin forest in dry western slopes. The crater of the volcano's summit at 1.394 m, covering a freshwater lagoon and little-known lower slopes contain several beautiful waterfalls. The petroglyphs, archaeological artifacts around the base of the volcano indicate that it was an important center for pre-Columbian civilizations of the Olmec, Toltec and Nahuatl.
The most robust fresh water spring on the island is also a favorite swimming hole for visitors and locals alike. Though significantly altered from its natural state, this shady spot is great for cooling off in pristine subterranean waters that rise to the surface here. Located just inland from Santo Domingo Beach, the spring has a cover charge and feeds one of the few rivers on the island, known as Rio Buen Suceso.