Maderas Volcano is 1,394 metres (4,573 ft) high and is the smaller of the two volcanoes that form the Lake Nicaragua island of Ometepe. Maderas has not and active volcano and it’s summit contains a crater lake.
Maderas’ slopes are one of the few places on the Pacific side of Nicaragua where cloud forest grows. The only other place where a cloud forest forms is Mombacho volcano, which the group will hike up. Cloud forests are characterized by a rich plant and animal life, made possible by the high levels of humidity in the climate.
It is said that once you have climbed one volcano you have climbed them all. That is probably not the case, but the Experience Nica Tours group will only hike a third of the way up Maderas to reach the San Ramón waterfall where we’ll spend some time relaxing before climbing back down.
There are a number of interesting species of monkeys, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects that dwell on the volcano, including the white-faced monkeys, mountain crabs, howler monkeys, and the well known blue morphos butterfly.
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