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 revenue will be invested in the bilingual school of Ometepe, providing funding for teachers, classroom buildings, drinking water, sanitation, and lunch for 54 children.
Any day by appointment
2 days/ 1 night
Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)
1 to 5
Hard (over 6 miles/ 9 km walking distance, intense physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
Hiking boots, Camera, Hat, Sunscreen lotion
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.
Hacienda Mérida, Mérida, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
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.
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.
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.