Blue Ridge, Georgia
November 10, 2004
From the hostel, you have a less than 10-minute paddle to Monkey Island. On the lake, you have a great view of both volcanoes on Ometepe-Concepcion and Merida. This is a great photo opportunity. DON'T park your kayak and try to get out, just paddle around the island. The island is small, so you are guaranteed to see monkeys. The monkeys are wild, and there is a sign warning you that they will bite.
When I went, we took two kayaks, and a monkey almost jumped into the kayak that I wasn’t in. You want to be cautious about floating under limbs and drifting too close to the edge. A couple of other guests that went to the island said that their faces looked like George W. Bush, but the small trip is worth the ride and view. You also pay for the kayaks one time and are able to use them the whole time you stay at the hostel.
From journal Ometepe