Hike to the summit at 5,280 feet above lake Nicaragua (central america’s largest lake). Concepción is still an active volcano, but hasn't had a major eruption in over 50 years.

Concepción is one of the tallest volcanoes in Nicaragua. Located on Ometepe Island, in Lake Nicaragua, this volcano sits at 5,280 feet above the lake. This active volcano hasn't had a major eruption in the last 50 years, but did shoot out an ash cloud in 2010.

One of the more popular routes for the hike starts in La Flor. The trail is also very rocky, which makes for a challenging descent and long overall trek. The first part of the hike leads through farmland and into the jungle. As you approach the summit, the trail becomes very steep and you'll feel a strong, cold wind. From the top of the volcano, you'll be able to see into the belly of the beast and feel warm air coming up from the sulfurous center. If you luck out and a get a clear day, you'll also be rewarded with 360 degree views of Nicaragua on both the Pacific and Caribbean sides.

When planning this challenging climb, I suggest you investigate guiding companies to provide you with important local knowledge and care as you head out for this 9-10 hour climb. Your hotel should be able to connect you with a guide or outfitter or you can check out OmetepeTours.

Photos: Jono Hey, ashokboghani, Boris G, E-Bee

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water (plenty of it)
  • Snacks
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Lightweight jacket - it can be windy at the top
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Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Winter
Features
Forest
Scenic

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