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Myself and a friend that I met at Hacienda Merida made the hike out to San Ramon during my visit to Ometepe and it was one of the coolest things I did during my time on the island. Although, that doesn’t say too much because I did a lot of lounging around while there. Either way, check out the photos below and you’ll understand why the San Ramon Waterfalls are a must see when in Ometepe.

Ometepe Roads

The dirt roads of Ometepe. Yes, that's a wild horse on the side of the road...

We walked about 3.2 miles of dirt roads from Hacienda Merida to the entrance of San Ramon Waterfall. The temperature was easily in the high 80’s so we were sweating profusely by the time we arrived at the entrance.

Welcome to San Ramon Waterfall!

Welcome to San Ramon Waterfall!

At the entrance we found a guy eagerly waiting with his hand open. We paid him the $2 USD entrance fee and went on our way. As soon as you enter the gates you’re met with these beautifully maintained gardens, lush green grass and a view of Volcano Maderas like none other.

San Ramon Waterfall

What a view!

You walk along a paved path, a rare find in these parts of Nicaragua. You think to yourself… “Wow, if this path runs the entire way up to the waterfall, we’ll be there in no time!” Not so fast…

San Ramon Waterfall

On our way to the San Ramon Waterfall

After about 3-5 minutes of walking on the paved path it quickly turns into 2.5 miles of loose rock and gravel. By the time you reach the San Ramon Waterfall you have traversed all sorts of terrain including dried up river beds, steep enbankments, ducking under and over fallen trees, and more.

After about an hour and forty five minutes of hiking, my friend paces herself and stays behind while I head on up a little further in hopes that the waterfall is right around the next corner. As soon as I turn the final corner I see the falls…

San Ramon Waterfall

Catching a glimpse of the San Ramon Waterfall

To see the San Ramon Waterfall in all of it’s glory was pretty cool but after hiking over 6 miles through the intense heat, the only thing I was thinking about was getting undressed as quickly as possible and getting underneath those falls!

San Ramon Waterfall

164 ft of beauty...

It’s tough to explain in words how great it felt to be standing underneath the falls after hiking all that way.

San Ramon Waterfall

SO REFRESHING!

What better way to end our day other than seeing a rainbow at the bottom of the falls…

San Ramon Waterfall

A rainbow to finish off the day...

Facts:

  • The San Ramon Waterfall is approximately 164 feet in height.
  • It’s a little over a 6 mile hike from Hacienda Merida to San Ramon Waterfall. Half of it is uphill.
  • It  takes about 3.5 hours to hike one-way from Merida.
  • If you’re planning on doing this hike, count on it taking up a chunk of your day.

Getting There:

  • Hike to the entrance in San Ramon village, and then hike up to the falls
  • Catch the bus from Moyogalpa to San Ramon at 8:30AM, it takes 3-4 hours due to road the horrible road conditions.
  • If you’re already in Merida, you can catch the bus towards San Ramon. Tell the driver you want to get off at the San Ramon Estacion Biologica or La Cascada.