The first thing you see when waiting for the ferry on the mainland is the impressive sight of Volcán Concepción in the distance. Rising to an elevation of 1610m, this active volcano draws people from all over the world, intent on reaching her summit.

Considered by many to be one of the most challenging volcano hikes in the region, ascending Concepción is well within your reach. We offer two hiking options: the crater hike to 1650m or a hike to the El Floral lookout at 1000m.

Quick Info about the Lookout Hike

  • leave Soma at 7:30 am (after breakfast)
  • ascend to 1000 m
  • around 6-7 hours duration
  • challenge level: low-to-mid grade difficulty
  • from $15 per person, depending on the size of the group

Quick Info about the Crater Hike

  • leave Soma at 6:00 am (self-serve continental breakfast provided)
  • ascend to 1650 m
  • around 9-11 hours duration
  • challenge level: difficult
  • from $20 per person, depending on the size of the group

Hike FAQ

Yes you do. There is a registration point at the trail head where hikers and guides register. Hikers without guides are turned back. Guides are also recommended for your safety. If you should injure yourself on the hike the guide will make sure you get back to town safely.

The saying “You get what you pay for” applies in this case. All of our guides are qualified, certified and bilingual in English and Spanish. Not only will they see you up and down the volcano, they will spend the day pointing out wildlife and plant life, talking about the history of the island, answering any questions you may have, and encouraging you to complete the hike.
Cheaper guides tend to not speak English and are almost certainly not certified. Some complaints that we have had from people using other guides are that they spend the hike on the phone, go up ahead of the hikers and wait for them to catch up, or say it is too windy to reach the crater.
Like everything at Soma, we believe in providing top-quality, and our guides are no exception.

For the crater hike, hiking boots are recommended, but not necessary. For both hikes, sturdy running shoes or hiking shoes are fine. Do not attempt either hike in open-toed shoes or sandals.

  • at least 3 liters of water
  • snacks
  • bug spray and sunscreen
  • a long-sleeved shirt and/or a windbreaker and long pants for the crater hike

What should I expect on my hike?

For both hikes, your guide will meet you on the Terrace and you will be transported to the trail head in the small village of La Concepción, 3.5 km north of Soma.

From La Concepción, your guide will lead you down a trail between farming fields that will take you to a dense forest and eventually to the lookout point located at 1000m of altitude.

This is a relatively easy hike for most people but still has its challenges. The first part of the hike is pretty level but gets steeper the higher you go. During this excursion, your guide will point out all the different types of flora and fauna indigenous to the area. You are likely to see monkeys on your hike and many kinds of birds and reptiles.

Once you arrive at the El Floral Lookout, the view is stunning. You will have an aerial view of Ometepe Island, Lake Nicaragua, the mainland, Zapatera Island and even as far as the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. After a rest, those on the lookout hike will begin their descent and the crater hikers will continue on to the crater.

At this point, the terrain becomes more open and rougher and the ascent becomes steeper. Between the lookout and the top of the volcano, the surface will change from solid ground to rocks and loose lava gravel. The flora gets more alpine until it disappears at an altitude of around 1,300m. Although the summit is usually covered in clouds and volcanic steam coming from small vents, you will get breathtaking views of the island and the volcano on your way up. As you approach the crater, it can be very windy but on most days, you will be able to look into the crater. On clear days, the view from the summit of Volcán Concepción is the most amazing of any other view in the country, making the hike well worth it.