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“Great views from El Mirador”
Review of Volcan Maderas

Volcan Maderas
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Hike Maderas Volcano in Ometepe Island
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Owner description: The last eruption from this dormant volcano was 10,000 years ago.
Reviewed April 30, 2013

Although my husband and I love to hike, we decided to only do the shorter hike to El Mirador, and loved it! We started from El Porvenir hotel where there are great petroglyphs to admire before or after your hike. Here we bought our tickets ($2 each, I think) and started off on the trail.

The initial trail wasn't too steep, but was incredibly rocky so it was slow going. We passed many fields along the way, as I think this trail is also used by locals to get to their farmland. There were blue and red arrows painted occasionally on some of the rocks to help you find your way up, but no other signs. We had no trouble finding our way up without a guide, but did have a little trouble on the way down which wasn't as well marked in places. We didn't see any other hikers the entire trip.

The lower part of the volcano up to El Mirador is less forested, and so most of the hike was in the sun and HOT. Be sure to dress in cool clothes and wear sunscreen. As we neared the end, the trail got progressively steeper. We knew we reached El Mirador when we saw the benches at the viewpoint. It's a great place to relax in the shade, enjoy the view, and rehydrate for the trip back down. The cloud forest starts just above El Mirador, but I believe you are supposed to have a guide to go further up.

All in all, it was about 3-4 hours round trip including our break at the top. We would definitely do it again, as the view alone was worth it!

1  Thank HeatherE77
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

We were told it would take 6-9 hours total and it's freezing at the top so bring long sleeves and pants. I would NOT recommend pants, you simply won't need them. It's not that cold, but you sweat so much (at least we did) that the wind at the top did make us shiver a bit and we wore our long sleeves briefly, but if you don't want to bring one you probably won't miss it terribly. The trek was pretty steep and technical, and it took us nearly the same amount of time to get down as it did to get up. But overall we were down in 6 hours and 15 minutes, and that includes our hour having lunch by the lake at the top. I think we each drank one of those large bottles of water, so be prepared.

The howler monkeys and secatas were so loud, it was amazing. The jungle was thick, wet, and muddy, I definitely recommend close-toed tennis shoes. There were no bugs to speak of that bothered us, really it was a great hike. The view from the "top" is anticlimactic but lunch by the lake was gorgeous. I was pretty sore for a few days afterwards but it was definitely worth it!

Also- it costs $2 to hike the trail, and we paid $9 each for our "English-speaking" guide, who actually barely said anything.

1  Thank Jackie N
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We really loved this hike. We left from Hacienda Merida, and the trail started just across the road. Many other groups left by 7am, but we waited until 8 and it worked out well. About 3.5 or 4 hours to hike to the rim. Guides are required (although we saw one group go up without one) and ours was great, very fun and informative, speaking to us only in Spanish (other guides are bilingual). We saw a large group of monkeys on the lower part of the trail and our guide also pointed out some interesting plants and flowers.

The hike was very hot for the first hour or two before we got into the cloud forest. But, wow... the cloud forest was incredible. So dense, wet, and green. There were also several nice views of the lake and Volcan Concepcion. We relaxed for almost an hour at the rim, and after waiting a while the cloud cleared and we had a nice view of the crater lake below. It is possible to hike down from the rim to the lake, but our guide said you'll need about 2 hours round-trip.

We were back at the bottom in time for a lakeside lunch and beer before sunset. Highly recommended hike.

Thank WiscDane
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

The Volcan Madera Hike is difficult - and BEAUTIFUL!
Our guide was Omar Antonio Argeñal Galan. He was fantastic and his cel is 84106627.
Omar is also a bird scientist and knows so much about his island home. 1/2 of our group made it to the top and down into the lagoon and the other just to the 1/2 way point. Start by 6 am (daylight) to maximize your time at the top (down in). Even in the dry season, it is muddy. You will get dirty! It does not have switchbacks, it goes straight up. Well worth all the sweat!

Thank Kianemikala
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

I kiked its lusher, wilder side. The petroglyphs are much more common in this area. They were perhaps left behind by a race of tall, elegant people who occupied maderas volcano as late as the 1870s , but have since drifted away.

Thank juan z
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