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Volcan Maderas - Nicaragua

Volcan Maderas - Nicaragua

Volcan Maderas - Nicaragua

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Lat/Lon: 11.45042°N / 85.5011°W

Object Title: Volcan Maderas - Nicaragua

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering

Elevation: 4573 ft / 1394 m


Page By: ChristianRodriguez

Created/Edited: Sep 30, 2008 / Jul 14, 2009

Object ID: 447828

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Despite being the smaller volcano on the island of Ometepe the Maderas still is a huge volcano, almost 1,394 meters high. Coffee plantations are located at the bottom part of the volcano. More uphill grows a cloud forest – a quality in the Pacific only shared by the Mombacho volcano. A high humidity and a dense forest are the result of this climate. Furthermore, there is a lagoon in the inactive crater of the volcano.

The trail starts off quite steep but in good condition. You will pass some petroglyphs and a nice lookout from where you can see the Concepción volcano and the lake. Hiking will get tougher from this point. The humidity transforms the trail into a muddy, slippery path. The more you ascend, the worse it gets. Sometimes you have to really climb instead of walk.

There are trees everywhere, so don’t expect great views. It is also often clouded which diminishes your view even more. A couple viewpoints are present, however, and from here you will have a splendid view of the Concepción volcano and Lake Nicaragua.

Hiking to the top will take about three and a half hours. From there, you can continue and descent to the lagoon. This will require some tough climbing. The lagoon itself is cold and often covered in mist. To stand at the edge of the lagoon that is surrounded by trees and covered by a mysterious curtain of mist when monkeys howl on the background is quite a special experience, though.
Volcan Maderas - Nicaragua
Volcan viewed from north side of the island.

Getting There

From Roberto Huembe's market in Managua get a bus to San Jorge (2 1/2 hours), then to the Ometepe's Island direct to Moyogalpa by boat very hours or wait for the Ferry (recommened cheapest), get in car or bus to Balgüe (few buses just 2 dayly). Walking to trail to Hacienda Magdalena, looking for a guide or just walk in the principal trail. Trail is totally well marked. Average to go and back 8 hours.
Volcan Maderas trail
(Left) marks with many info. (Center) lagoon in the crater (Right) Ancients petroglyph carved with images of animals and a Native American figures

fauna from Volcan Telica
(Left) howler monkey (Right) giant snake crossing the trail

Red Tape

$5 to climb the volcano includes permission and guide for 3 persons.


All services at Hacienda Magdalena (community administration)
$1.50 camping area
$30-40 with nice room for 4 persons
$5 double Rooms
$2.50 single rooms
$2 shared rooms
$1.20 hammocks

External Links

Finca Magdalena
My own site

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An ascent didn't feed your rat? Consider pairing the climb with the Feugo y Agua (ultra run): http://www.fuegoyagua.org/
Posted Nov 4, 2012 5:38 pm

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Sunset view of Volcán Concepción from Volcán MaderasVolcan Maderas - NicaraguaHowler Monkey on MaderasVolcanes Concepcion & Maderas - NicaraguaCrater Lake, Volcan MaderasView from the ferry with Concepcion and Maderas volcanoFrom the Lake
The crater lake