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Volcán Concepción - Other Activity Isla de Ometepe - Nicaragua

At a towering 1,610 meters, Volcan Concepcion is the taller of Ometepe's twin volcanoes. It's also highly active, making it the more dangerous of the two. In fact, going all the way to the top is impossible, due to the plumes of poisonous gas that emanate from its cone. But since the peak is nearly always shrouded with clouds, you're not missing much anyway. Most tours will only take you up to 1,200 meters, where cloud cover usually starts.

The hike up and down is a difficult, six-hour trek. You should only attempt it if you're in good physical condition. One of the toughest parts about ascending a volcano is that there are no breaks. Unlike most hikes that have ups and downs, climbing either of Ometepe's volcanoes is a nonstop, uphill slog. Expect to be drenched by the end of it, regardless of whether it rains or not.

That said, you are better off attempting the climb during the dry season (December – May). The rain makes the way up slippery and more difficult. Expect to be hiking through plantain and banana plantations for the first part of the hike. If you're lucky, you can spot monkeys, parrots and a large, squirrel-like animal called a paca. Around halfway up the trees will thin out and you'll get a glimpse of the fantastic view. Be sure to bring good shoes (there are poisonous snakes), repellent and two liters of water. All this should be explained to you by your guide – it's extremely dangerous (not to mention illegal) to ascend without one.

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Here are other activities in and around Isla de Ometepe that may be of interest: Punto Jesus María, Visiting San Marcos, San Ramón Waterfall, Motorcycling, El Tesoro del Pirata and Petroglyphs .

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