The biggest of the numerous islands in the Lake Nicaragua consisting
of 2 extinct volcanoes which are enthroned above the lake and are connected
by an isthmus.
Already the crossing by the shaky ships, when there were some waves,
caused stomach-ache even for practised travellers… But we were rewarded
with the view at the island with the two hills, and the trip to the volcano
one day later put everything in the shade!
Madeiras, the smaller one of the two volcanoes - 1345 meters high and
overgrown with dense tropical rain forest - enticed with a crater lake
and a beautiful view. In the beginning of the ascent we still noticed
interesting things such as Petroglyph stones and howler monkeys, but the
further way turned out to be a daring climbing tour!
Nearly at the end of our condition we waded through mud, climbed over
roots and through crevices and covered the last part crambling on a rope.
Every mountain rescue services' hair had stood on end. But ours were wet
all over because of perspiration and of the rain forest, which did its
The mountain itself was wrapped into a big cloud all time. Great view!
4 hours ascent, 3 hours descent, a total of more than 10 km - isn't that
Although the pains in the muscles decreased after a few days we will
never forget this trip!
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