Hacienda Mérida: Nicaragua Hiking Tour: Trek the Volcano of Ometepe Island

Nicaragua Hiking Tour: Trek the Volcano of Ometepe Island

Mérida, Nicaragua

Hacienda Mérida

Social Enterprise

2 days/ 1 night
From$12 USDper person

Hacienda Mérida is a social enterprise that aims to support educational development and tropical environmental conservation and to provide a better quality of life for the community of Mérida.

Tour Highlights

  • Participate in a fun and challenging hike up a volcano on a tropical island while helping to support community development and environmental conservation in Ometepe.
  • Enjoy an overnight stay in Hacienda Mérida with luxurious views and a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Experience the tropical landscape and breathtaking views of Nicaragua as you venture up the muddy terrain of the volcano.

Tour revenue will be invested in the bilingual school of Ometepe, providing funding for teachers, classroom buildings, drinking water, sanitation, and lunch for 54 children.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time


  • Duration

    2 days/ 1 night

  • Good For


  • Languages

    English, Spanish

  • Weather

    Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 5

  • Difficulty

    Hard (over 6 miles/ 9 km walking distance, intense physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Hiking boots, Camera, Hat, Sunscreen lotion

  • Volunteer Opportunities


Tour Description

Formed by two volcanoes rising from the middle of Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe Island is a true tropical paradise that offers visitors a unique and fantastic experience. Hotel Hacienda Mérida welcomes you with spectacular sunsets and beautiful views of the Maderas and Concepcion Volcanoes. With your stay at Hacienda Mérida, enjoy the amenities of the hotel like the spacious private rooms with beautiful views of the lake. Take advantage of the relaxing hammocks and comfortable beds before gearing up for a volcano climbing excursion on this 2-day, 1-night tour!

Day 1: Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed and given access to your room. After a brief introduction about Hacienda Mérida and its projects, you can spend the night enjoying your room and resting up for the following day’s adventure!

Day 2: Wake up early for a good breakfast and then head out for the Volcano hike! The hike is very muddy, so be prepared to get dirty! The hike will take 6-8 hours, depending on your hiking abilities. Enjoy incredible views and the tropical landscape on your way up the volcano! During the rainy season, the view may be limited due to the clouds, but the hike is still quite an exciting adventure. The highest likelihood of getting clear views is in the afternoon.

And if you’d like to stay longer, you’re more than welcome! There are many other nature-based activities on the island you might enjoy! Please inquire for more information.

Vetted & Visited By

Ribbon ambassador
Denise Miller
June 10, 2017

Tour Start Address

Hacienda Mérida, Mérida, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

How To Get There

There are ferries every 2 hours to Ometepe from San Jorge. The fastest travel would be to hire a taxi from Managua to Rivas or San Jorge. Or take a bus from Managua to Rivas and then a taxi to San Jorge to take the ferry.

More About Hacienda Mérida


To promote united communities and tropical forest conservation, advocate positive behavioral changes, and improve the quality of life for the local population and foreign visitors alike.

Main Programs

  • Support the bilingual school of Ometepe for underprivileged kids: The school provides a quality, innovative, bilingual education to the Mérida children.

  • Ecobrick: Transform the flow of plastic that Ometepe’s tourists create. Pollution here is an ironic consequence of well intentioned ecotourists. Staff must present two ecobricks before they receive their monthly salary. Guides must present four ecobricks before they can be hired by the hotel’s guests on a well paid hike. Locals who want to use the WiFi must bring an ecobrick to get the password.

Awards & Recognition

Om Prakash