By Carole Pilling - landscape photography feature
Travelling through Central America and having only approximately 2 weeks in each country, I was already on the West coast of Nicaragua, so was eager to visit the island of Ometepe on route through to Costa Rica.
Concepcion is the second highest active volcano in Nicaragua at 1610m and Ometepe is the world’s highest lake island. Ometepe has an area of 276km sq. It is 31km long and 5-10km wide.
I travelled to Granada, which was where I got the boat to Altagracia. This was a 4-hour journey, so by the time I arrived on Ometepe it was dark. A small group of us made our way to Santo Domingo to find lodgings for a few days.
The following morning we borrowed bicycles from our hotel and cycled into Moyagalpa to book our climbing trip. We left at 5am the following morning.
The first part of the trek was through farmland and jungle and fairly easy going the higher we got the more barren it became. It got steeper, windy and quite cold. Underfoot it went from clear paths, to volcanic rubble.
At the summit, our view was obstructed by the hot, sulphurous, vapor blasting upwards out of the volcano. There were numerous strange insects very active, which was captivating to see.
Coming down was slightly harder because the rocks slid from under your feet so often needed to bum shuffle down. It wasn’t a problem though as we could stop often to admire the spectacular views.
It took 9 ½ hours round trip but well worth the views, exercise and excitement from climbing an active volcano.
Raised in the UK and having a father as an airline pilot Carole has been lucky enough to travel to many destinations around the world. She is grateful for the opportunity that has given her, especially the desire for travel photography. She has been doing photography for approximately 10 years, recently updating her camera to a Nikon D750. Carole hopes to make the shift to full time travel photography in the near future.
View her work at www.carolepillingphotography.com.au
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