TO REACH OMETEPE ISLAND
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Reaching Ometepe is easy because there is an excellent paved highway
to the city of Rivas to San Jorge. If traveling in a private vehicle
from Managua, take the Pan-American Highway south to the Rivas
traffic circle / crossroads, and then turn north toward the port
at San Jorge to embark for Moyogalpa, a municipality on the island.
If traveling from Peñas Blancas, continue north on the highway
to the same crossroads in Rivas.
In Managua, the bus terminal for Rivas is found in Huembes Market
in the eastern sector of the city. Bus fare ranges between C$40.00
and C$50.00 (USD$3.00 and USD$4.00), depending on the service
level desired (regular or express). The schedule for buses traveling
the 120 kilometers to Rivas is extensive and varied, with departures
ever half hour from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Another option is to
take the buses traveling to the border at Peñas Blancas and tell
the bus driver or assistant that you would like to get off in
the city of Rivas to connect with the port at San Jorge.
in Rivas, you can hire a taxi for less than a dollar for the short
trip to the port at San Jorge. If you plan to reach Ometepe Island
after entering Nicaragua from Costa Rica on an international bus
line, we recommend that you tell the driver of your desire to
stop in the city of Rivas. Almost all international bus lines
that leave San José or northern areas of Costa Rica in the morning
—such as Ticabus, Transnica and Central Line— arrive in time for
connections with the ferries departing for Ometepe.
Administered by the
National Port Management Company, the port at San Jorge has a
pier and mooring for small- and medium-sized vessels, a warehouse
and two large parking areas (one covered and the other open) with
24-hour security and surveillance, where you can park your vehicle
during your visit to the island.
Two types of vessels
moor to the pier: vessels exclusively for commercial cargo and
dual-purpose vessels carrying cargo and passengers. Small vessels
such as the Reina del Sur and Karen María provide services for
passengers, cargo and small vehicles (such as motorcycles and
ATVs), whereas medium vessels such as ferries 1 and 2 and the
Estrella del Sur offer cargo for cars and trucks; differentiated
services on three separate decks, with air-conditioning, reclining
seats and bathrooms.
Fares range between
C$40.00 and C$60.00 (USD$2.50 and USD$3.50) per person, depending
on the class of service selected.
you love adventure and want to drive on the island, you may board
your vehicle on the medium-sized vessels for C$365.00 (approximately
do so, upon arrival at the port you must ask the dispatcher to
notify the captain about your intent to board your vehicle. However,
it is difficult to find space during heavy tourist seasons and
harvest times. We recommend that you make reservations in advance
by calling 278 8190/80 and/or sending an email to email@example.com
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the city of Granada
option for reaching the island of Ometepe is via the city of Granada.
A boat leaves from the municipal pier of Granada (north of the
city along the lakefront or malecón) on Mondays and Thursdays
at 2:00 p.m., arriving at the Puerto de Gracias pier in the municipality
of Altagracia at 6:00 p.m.