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“Hard work with not much reward!”
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.
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10 reviews
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“Hard work with not much reward!”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

This is one of the harder hikes I've done, 8.5 hours in total through mud and rain and steep gradients. We did it on a cloudy day so the crater (when we eventually got there) was really foggy and we couldn't see much. Perhaps would be worth the slog on a clearer day. The mirador on the way back down was admittedly great (view of Volcan Concepcion and both sides of the island), however we were so exhausted by that point that it was hard to appreciate it. Arrived home more spent than I've ever been and wishing I'd saved my volcano hiking for something like Telica on the mainland.

Visited November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“beautiful”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

You have two choices for volcano trekking, one is higher and much windier and dry rocks, the other is cloaked in rainforest with animals. Welcome to concepcion and maderas respectively.

On maderas we saw white faced capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, green parrots, a large coral snake, leaf cutting ants, and lots of butterflies.

If you dont want to tackle the whole volcano to the top but still want a similar experience of volcano hiking through rainforest, hike to San Ramon waterfall instead (see separate report on this).

A very beautiful spot.

Visited September 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Hell of a hike”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is a long hike but the view of the lagoon is well worth it. We saw howler monkeys, snakes and other creatures on the hike up. Its a long day so be prepared with food. Take decent footwear and be ready for rain!

Visited August 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Beautiful and Challening”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

It's hard to beat hiking through cloud forest. There will be monkeys along the trail and the vegetation is gorgeous. Don't expect any views though because the clouds that make the jungle so lush linger most of the time which means you only see fog at the top. It's not near as muddy as has dramatically been described. There are so many tree roots to step on that you can do the whole hike without stepping in mud. Make sure to be in good shape though, this is one of the hardest hikes I've ever done. It's very steep and the gradient doesn't let up.

Visited September 2013
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San Francisco, California, United States
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“Lovely hike”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Getting to the side of the volcano where the hike up to San Ramon waterfall begins is crazy! "Dirt road" as the road was described to us was very loosely described. There was no dirt, just rocks! Getting there was an adventure for sure! We busted the suspension on our 4x4 getting there. Madness! :) Poor Jimmy! But the hike was beautiful and worth it, I would say! :) I enjoyed seeing it. :)

Visited August 2013
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