Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
The island on Lake Nicaragua formed by two volcanoes.
Isla de Ometepe is an island on Lake Nicaragua formed by two volcanoes: Concepción and Maderas.
As we sailed up to the port, smoke rising from the cavity, I knew it was a place I could fall in love with.
By day, the omnipresent volcanoes loom over the landscape. At sunset, they silhouette against a sky so purple, so pink, so yellow. At night everything goes dark and you can look across a field sparkling with thousands of firefly tails. It all feels so romantic and humbling and calming and enchanting.
I never did get around to climbing either of the volcanoes. They were serious hikes and I was too much in relaxation mode. But I hiked to a waterfall. A hike in which I missed a turn and ended up walking and climbing up a river for well beyond the point anyone should. And one day we rented motorbikes and drove around the island and took a dip in the cold springs of Ojo de Agua.
And I spent an entire day in a hammock with a cat. Every time I would switch positions, so would he.
Which, sometimes, is time well spent.