Upon rounding the corner for the last kilometer of the hike, you can hear the water rushing in the valley below. It almost seems like you should already be there, but you are still about 20 minutes away. The water at the falls is shallow, so don’t expect to swim. You can, however, step under the waterfall, but watch out for the occasional falling rock. Because there is no swimming, you will want to bring a lunch or a book so you can stay at the top for while. The hike back down is almost as hard as going up. I did it in sandals and was all right, but shoes would have been much better.
There are several ways to get to the waterfall, including biking, horseback riding, or kayaking. I biked to the park and then hiked to the falls, but I would recommend a horse if you’re not an experienced hiker or don’t want to walk three kilometers. San Ramon Waterfall is definitely not something to be missed in Nicaragua. The island of Ometepe itself is an adventure not to be passed up. If you find yourself in Nicaragua, make sure you check out Ometepe on Lake Nicaragua and all the sites it has to offer.
Blue Ridge, Georgia
November 11, 2004
From journal Ometepe