The slopes of Maderas are one of the few places on the Pacific side of Nicaragua where cloud forest
grows. The only other place where this is found is at the Mombacho
volcano. Cloud forests are characterized by a rich plant and animal life, made possible by the high levels of humidity in the climate. Prehistoric petroglyphs
have been found at the Maderas volcano.
Climbing to the top of the volcano is a popular tourist activity. Tourists are strongly encouraged by local guiding companies to hire a guide, but the trail from the common starting point at Finca Magdalena is obvious the entire way to the top. The hike to the top of the crater can be difficult, with steep inclines that get muddy when it rains. It rains often on Ometepe Island, so a slippery climb is likely, even in the dry season. The round trip hike takes between 6 and 9 hours and changes from dry forest to humid forest to cloud forest.
There are a number of interesting species that dwell on the volcano, including the white-faced monkey, mountain crab, howler monkeys, and a number of butterflies including the well-known blue morphos.
- ^ a b "Maderas". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2006-02-06.
- ^ "Ometepe Island Info - Volcán Concepción". ometepeislandinfo.com.
- ^ "Ometepe Island Info - Volcán Maderas". ometepeislandinfo.com.
Laguna de Maderas, the crater lake.
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