Laguna Charco Verde
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Quakeup
Victoria, Canada204 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
From the main road, Charco Verde is a short walk or drive down a pastoral lane. Beyond the zip line kiosk, you arrive at the grassy parking lot and the entrance where you pay 175 cordobas/ $5 USD per person. The first stop after the gate is the small butterfly garden with an equally small variety of butterflies. Lovely flowering plants, water features and soft ethereal background music add some charm to the place.

A couple of trails lead into the centre of the reserve. One spur takes you to a high point that used to be a viewpoint, but this mirador is now obscured by trees. The other trail circumnavigates the small lake, which is the main feature of the park. The high water level of Lake Cocibulca has flooded this trail. To help visitors avoid water and mud, stepping stones have been laid out along parts of the path, while other sections remain underwater and footwear needs to be removed. A fallen tree has also blocked one section of the path, requiring visitors to cut through the bush or retreat the way they came. Muddy plastic bottles and other fresh litter needed to picked up along the trail.

Staff at the entrance advised not to swim in the laguna due to swimmer’s itch (plus, it looks totally uninviting). However, a small beach enables access to Lake Cocibulca for taking a dip. A doorless change room nearby has seen better days.

The highlight for us were the howler monkeys. In three areas of the park, we were treated to howler families in various forms of activity and repose.

This park could use additional maintenance of its trails. More enthusiastic and informed staff (and interpretive signs) to explain the park’s flora and fauna are obvious improvements to be considered. The area is a valuable attraction to help immerse visitors in Ometepe’s rich natural history. In its current condition, I would not recommend that it’s worth the price of admission.
Written 12 January 2023
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j7271
South Pacific423 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
Stopped off during a cycle knowing that it was not going to be good (hostel owner’s words). Say two howler monkeys sleeping and that was it. Took half an hour to do the circuit. Not worth 5 USD at all.
Written 25 March 2022
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Utepil
Vuorela, Finland379 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
Butterfly garden is beautiful, also turtles. Not big but ok. Later a walk around Charco Verde and swimming on beach Bacon. Some monkeys and birds and many butterflies also outside the garden. The walk with swimming took one hour.
Written 29 November 2020
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vintagepaper
Annapolis Royal, Canada27 contributions
Mar 2020
Charco Verde was one of the first places we visited on Ometepe. We took a local bus both ways from Moyogalpa, which was a lovely experience on it’s own if you like mixing with locals. There is a pretty walk around the Laguna but don’t count on swimming in it. There were howler monkeys with their babies all along the path. If you hear them before you see them they sound loud and fierce like a lion and you won’ be able to believe the sounds come from such small creatures. Our favourite part was the butterfly enclosure with the turtle pond inside. It was stunningly beautiful inside and the butterflies were abundant. We enjoyed watching the turtles too. It was super educational as there was English signage with tons of butterfly information. I learned a lot. Staff were friendly and the lane into it was a pretty walk from the main road. Shaded bus stop on the road made waiting pleasant as local cattle drawn carts and all manner of life passed by. Another good Ometepe experience.
Written 10 March 2020
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Laura
London, UK32 contributions
Nov 2019
A short, mostly shaded, walk around the lagoon - approx 30-40mins. Attractive surroundings and a small beach to swim. $5 entry.
Written 24 November 2019
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Carolin A
15 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
We planned this trip within our scooter rental for the day. As we arrived there we were shocked about the prices - it’s 160 Cordobas entrance fee per person - we actually knew about 50 Cordobas from several sources.
Still, the trek was really nice and we saw lots of monkeys!
They also have a butterfly garden and as we’re always a bit doubtful about such things it turned out to be a really nice place! I’m not an expert but the butterflies seemed to have a good time, with a lot of flowers, a big space to fly around and even bananas and watermelon standing around on plates everywhere.
Altogether, it’s a nice place for a “longer” walk (45-60min) and relax as there are several spots to have breaks within the walk.
Written 6 September 2019
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amandarin
Stockholm, Sweden51 contributions
Aug 2019
An easy short hike that doesn’t impress much. What do impress is the butterfly garden in the end, full of cool beautiful butterflies!
Written 8 August 2019
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AndreaQ
42 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
A nice place to spend some time in beautiful nature strolling around the lagoon, visiting the butterfly garden and relaxing in the restaurant with a calming view! Perfect for 2 hours when it is really hot but you wanna explore the nature of Ometepe.
Written 18 April 2019
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Charis D
Antwerp, Belgium101 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
The butterfly garden was nice and peaceful. The walk was nice and we saw some monkeys. Not really one of the nicest walks we did in Nicaragua, but ok. The beach at the end of the walk is small (because the water level was high) so this was not really nice to sit or relax. There is nothing to eat or drink at the beach only once you are outside there is a restaurant. We only had a beer there.
Written 4 January 2019
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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK615 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
The Laguna at Charco Verde is a lovely secluded spot that is very quiet and relaxing. They also have a butterfly sanctuary that is very therapeutic. The walk around the laguna only takes about an hour and it is teeming with life.
Written 3 January 2019
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