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Hike to the Beautiful San Ramón Waterfall

The San Ramón Waterfall (also known as Cascada San Ramón) is situated about a third of the way up the southern slope of the Maderas Volcano on the island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua. There are a number of ways to reach the beginning of the trail to the waterfall, but the last two kilometers or so can only be covered on foot. On seeing the stunning beauty of the San Ramón Waterfall, many visitors to the lovely island of Ometepe agree that the effort of the hike is well worthwhile.

The most accessible trail to the San Ramón Waterfall starts at the Ometepe Biological Field Station which is located on the outskirts of the village of San Ramón. The trail winds through verdant forested area and there is abundant animal and bird life to see along the way. It is very likely that hikers will see howler monkeys and several different types of snakes, as well as a variety of birds, insects and bats. The views of Lake Nicaragua and the surrounding areas that can be seen at various points of the trail are breath-taking.

The path splits about half-way to the Waterfall, with the right path leading to the waterfall and the left going to the top of the Maderas Volcano – a difficult but rewarding climb. The pure water that flows from the San Ramón Waterfall all year round is bottled and sold as “Maderas Volcano Water”, so it is safe for visitors to drink the water directly from the waterfall.

The cascading water of the San Ramón Waterfall can be heard some time before it is actually seen and when the path eventually opens up to reveal the waterfall, it is a magnificent sight. There is only a small pool below the 52 meter high waterfall, so swimming is not an option, but standing beneath the cascading waterfall at the end of the hike is a refreshing experience. The width of the waterfall varies depending on the season, and during the rainy season it can reach over ten meters wide.

Whether travelers choose to get to the exquisite San Ramón Waterfall by kayak, mountain bike or horse-back, it is one of the splendors of Nicaragua that should not be missed.


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