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Lake Cocibolca & Ometepe Island

Sweet Lake Nicaragua

Lago Cocibolca (also known as Lago de Nicaragua) is the largest lake in Central America—3,191 square miles. Linked to the Caribbean by the Rio San Juan, the lake is home to migrating freshwater sharks, tarpon and sawfish.

For most visitors, the focal point is Isla de Ometepe, an island formed by the cones of twin volcanoes: active Concepción and dormant Maderas. Their slopes are crossed by trails, which allow hikers excellent summit views of the lake and the Pacific. Concepción is covered in tropical dry forest, while the heights of Maderas are more humid. Along the trails, hikers may encounter White-faced Capuchins and Mantled Howler Monkeys.

The island's first known inhabitants were Nahuatl, who arrived from what is now Mexico. Petroglyphs and statues, some thought to date to 300 BC, are scatted around the island, although a higher concentration is present on the north side of Volcan Maderas. Images depict spirals, monkeys, turtles, birds and deer.

Isla de Ometepe is most easily reached via the southern shore town of Rivas, which is located approximately 45 south of Granada. Ferries in the neighboring town of San Jorge cross to the port of Moyogalpa on Ometepe's western shore.

Mosaico Travel Services arranges accommodations, private tours and transfers in the Lake Nicaragua area. We organize luxury accommodation, private transportation, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a Mosaico travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.


"Out of the midst of beautiful Lake Nicaragua, spring two magnificent pyramids. Clad in the softest and richest green, all flecked with shadow and sunshine, whose summits pierce the billowy clouds. They look so isolated from the world and its turmoil, so tranquil, so dreamy, so steeped in the slumber and eternal repose."

Mark Twain