Ometepe Island, Managua - Stein Travel

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Welcome to Ometepe Island

The twin volcanoes on Lake Nicaragua should be on every visitor's list of things to do in Nicaragua. The islands are situated midway between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Visitors to the islands can explore the volcanoes; hike though rain forests or bargain with local coffee farmers who use the fertile Volcanic slopes to grow the fragrant beans. The birds and wildlife on the islands will delight nature lovers, while sports enthusiasts can take part in kayaking and fishing tours around the island. For those who brave the hike up the 3,300-foot (1,500m) summit of one of the volcanoes, the views are unsurpassed. Visitors should set aside a few days to explore the numerous natural attractions the islands have to offer.

The official language in Nicaragua is Spanish. Some communities on the Caribbean coast speak indigenous languages. English is understood at some tourist destinations.

The currency is named the Córdoba but commonly referred to as the peso. American dollars can also be used for common transactions. Bills must be in good shape to be accepted and damaged bills can be exchanged at banks. Only some banks will exchange travellers cheques. All major cities have ATMs and most hotels and restaurants accept credit card payments.

Local time is GMT/UCT -6.

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