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.
The hike starting in La Flor is 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 break the tree line and approach the summit, the trail becomes very steep and you’ll feel a strong, cold wind. From the top of the volcano, you’ll gaze into the middle and feel warmth, with a panoramic 360 degree backdrop of Nicaragua from the Pacific to the Caribbean coast. Otherwise, you’ll be in the middle of a perpetually spinning cloud that circles the peak of the volcano. We had both and each contributed to the overall amazing feeling we all shared!
When planning this challenging climb, we suggest not drinking heavily the night prior, we weren’t hungover until several hours in and then it was rough. It can totally be a 9-10 hour climb roundtrip, I think we did it in about 8, but we were trailblazing and passing people the entire time.
- Hiking Boots
- Water (plenty of it)
- Lightweight jacket – it can be windy at the top
On the way up, ask you guide to find you some red bananas, they can be found on the hike and our guide had some stashed for energy. They are dense and super tasty, we welcomed the energy near the halfway point.
Everyone in our group was fit and experienced hikers, and pretty much dismissed other people’s accounts of it being really challenging – but it was a legit challenge so be prepared. You’ll be handsomely rewarded once you hit the summit.