Bikepacking Ometepe Island Figure 8, Nicaragua

  • Distance

    75 Mi.

    (121 KM)
  • Days

    2

  • % Unpaved

    70%

  • % Singletrack

    0%

  • Difficulty (1-10)

    5

  • % Rideable (time)

    99%

  • Total Ascent

    4,959'

    (1,512 M)
  • High Point

    751'

    (229 M)
A must-ride ‘extra’ to the typical southward bound pan-american cycling route: a 75 mile figure-eight around the double-volcano island of Ometepe in the southern freshwater sea of Lago de Nicaragua.
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The island was formed by Volcan de Conception and Volcan Madera which are a part of the Cordillera Los Marrabios volcano range jutting straight out of the massive freshwater lake. From Granada we caught the four hour ferry to the island ready for a dirt-road adventure. Over three days on Ometepe we got a taste of some fantastic riding, a wealth of natural beauty, and vintage island charm.

  • Highlights

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  • Must Know

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  • Camping

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  • Food/H2O

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  • Nice dirt roads that get technical at times
  • Seeing howler monkeys on the roadside
  • Hostel Finca Magdelena
  • Eggs, beans, and tostones… the typical Nicaraguan meal.
  • Nicaragua’s dry season runs from November to April.
  • UPDATE: There is no longer a ferry running from/to Granada, so you must go via Rivas and San Jorge port. There are ferries that travel from Granada to Ometepe regularly.
  • There are also ferries that leave from Moyogalpa to Rivas.
  • There are a couple pay to camp places on the island.
  • Plenty of hostels and cheap hotels ($5-10/pp).
  • There are a few wild camping opportunities on the southeast part of the island.
  • There are a plenty of stores and places to eat on the island. One eatery that stands out is on the southern part of the south island (see map).

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