Located in the center of the Great Lake of Nicaragua and declared a natural wonder of the world, its name comes from the Nahuatl language that means to be located between two mountains.
Its territorial extension is 276 square kilometers and is an island totally of volcanic origin and the biggest one located inside the lake. Its population is about 35 thousand people divided into two large populations Mouogalpa and Altagracia.
The island is constituted by two volcanoes of Concepcion and of Maderas, being the most populated part the north zone of the island, the volcano Concepcion has an altitude of 1600 meters on the level of the sea, active volcano that tube its last expulsion of ash In 2005, and its last eruption of lava was in the decade of the 50's, it is necessary to emphasize that the strip volcanic center American has similar dates in the eruptions of both lava and ash.
The different eruptions of the volcano have forced the evacuation of the island which have been manifested on a regular basis over the years, currently the activity has been significantly reduced, but the volcano continues to be active and seismic activity in the area is common That the energy and pressure accumulated in the volcano is still a latent threat.
The Maderas volcano is a little smaller with a height of 1400 meters above sea level and its last eruption was more than eight centuries, at present its crater is occupied by a green lagoon of sulfur which indicates that it is in a Passive state.
Historically it is known that the island was inhabited at least from the 1500s before Christ, the population was possibly part of the migration of South America to the north, found beds and ceramics, sculptures of considerable size, many of the archaeological pieces found Are displayed in museums of the city. Also in the island have been petrogrificos that according to studies date from the years 300 before Christ.
During the colony, the island was used as a haven for pirates who looted the city of Granada. As a result, many of the island's inhabitants were forced to settle further into the island, leaving the coast for mercenaries. Nowadays, the natural beauty of the place and the improvement of the little tourist infrastructure has made it stand out as a tourist destination, being for its economy its new pillar joint to the cultivation of banana. Within the island you can visit museums with historical relics and pieces found within the island.
The access to the island is quite easy, transport in lacha is offered from different points of lake, especially boats from the city of Granada.
how to get there
Public and private transportation by boat from Granada and also from Managua. boat drive visitors daily and frequently.