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OMETEPE ISLAND


An Oasis of Peace

Ometepe Island is a 276-square-kilometer jewel in the Great Lake of Nicaragua. It is considered the largest island in the world found within a freshwater lake. It is located between 11° 23” and 11º 36” latitude north and between 85° 26” and 85° 43” longitude west.From its southwest tip, the island is 12 kilometers from San Jorge; from Jesús María Point and the city of Moyogalpa, it is 17 kilometers from the lake port.

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Ometepe Island is a 276-square-kilometer jewel in the Great Lake of Nicaragua. It is considered the largest island in the world found within a freshwater lake. It is located between 11° 23” and 11º 36” latitude north and between 85° 26” and 85° 43” longitude west.
From its southwest tip, the island is 12 kilometers from San Jorge; from Jesús María Point and the city of Moyogalpa, it is 17 kilometers from the lake port.

Its name derives from the Náhuatl words ome, meaning two, and tepetl, meaning hill or mountain: the place of two mountains. Ometepe was a shelter and home to many tribes, which arrived and settled to leave their respective legacies in the island’s history and development.

Ometepe’s current population is approximately 42,000, inhabiting only 136 square kilometers. The rest of the island’s land is used mainly for farming in small rural communities. Average temperatures range between 28 and 32 degrees centigrade, dropping to 30 in November and December. The rainy season begins in May and lasts until October.

During the rainy season, it is not uncommon for heavy rainfall to last for thirty minutes, after which a bright sun will appear. For this reason, many tourists describe Ometepe as the island of eternal summer. Visiting the island offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy the most intense greens that nature can provide.

Politically, Ometepe Island is formed by the municipalities of Moyogalpa and Altagracia. The former is the main port of entry for tourists and trade. Medium size vessels and ferries visit daily from the port at San Jorge, following schedules that begin at very early hours of the morning.

The island is shaped like an irregular figure eight, with both circles each holding a volcano: Concepción (1,610 masl) and its twin brother Maderas (1,395 masl), offering a great variety of ecosystems and natural tourist attractions such as rivers, waterfalls, springs, beaches and wetlands, all characterized by their almost virgin conditions.

For a better understanding, the island can be divided into three regions. The first is the area of Concepción Volcano, which extends from Altagracia to the northeast down to San José del Sur on the southeast side of the volcano. This zone covers an area of approximately 127 square kilometers, with the island’s heaviest population density, conservation forests and lots of vegetation.

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