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“Know what to expect and you will enjoy it” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Maderas Volcano

Maderas Volcano
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: The last eruption from this dormant volcano was 10,000 years ago.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Know what to expect and you will enjoy it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

If you like a tough day hike, with a lot of climbing, and a LOT of mud, and you aren't too worried about whether you get a great view at the end (you may, or it may be clouded over), this trip is worth it. For me it was wonderful, for my girlfriend, not so much.

A few notes: The trip up is strenuous. You should be in decent shape. You don't need to be Atlas, reborn, but if you are out of shape, you may not make it.

Have appropriate clothing and accessories: I recommend sweat pants, and hiking boots. You will also want to bring a liter of water per person, and probably some food for the top. We brought light jackets for the top too, but didn't need them. Finally a small backpack is good. Someone on our trip came with a canvas, over the shoulder bag, and it really didn't work given all of the climbing.

We saw some people go up without a guide, but I would strongly encourage you to have one (and they are theoretically required). A guide will get you where you need to go, and just as importantly get you back.

Visited January 2014
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Stockholm, Sverige
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“Bad luck - no view”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We were a bit unlucky with the weather, it had been raining and the path was very muddy and slippery. It was also very foggy the day we went up, we couldn't see pretty much anything. Because of that the whole hike turned out to be more of an exercise boot camp (good training for sure!) and not so much a scenic experience. You don't need to be an expert climber to reach the peak, but you do need to be in somewhat shape, because it's a pretty exhausting hike.

Visited January 2014
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seattle
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“Hike was tough but at the end we couldn't see the view ;-(”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Nice and tough hike. It was cloudy at the top and couldn't see a thing. If you have limited time, don't do the hike if it is cloudy.

Visited December 2013
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Sudbury, Canada
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“tough and muddy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Looking for a good challenge take the hike to the top of Maderas. Be ready for lots of mud and some tricky steps.

Visited December 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Need good shoes!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

It's 5km each way, and takes 3 1/2 hours to get up, and about 2 1/2 hours to get down. The last 1/3 of the trip is in lots of mud, but if you make it to the crater lake then you will see some great views, but you won't want to swim in the lake. Tough hike, and my legs were hurting for a week after. If you just want to see some good wildlife and views, then you only need to do the first couple km. Fairly easy, and you can see lots of monkeys.

Visited December 2013
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