The main hike (8–10hr return) up Volcán Concepción starts from just outside Altagracia. Much of the climb is extremely steep and it’s compulsory to hire a guide for the upper sections. Several trails wind up, and all are quite an exercise – start early and bring plenty of water – with an exposed and rocky stretch towards the summit that gets very windy. The cloudforests of the lower slopes are gorgeous (keep an ear out for howler monkeys), and the dramatic views from the top, encompassing neighbouring Volcán Maderas and the expanse of surrounding Lake Nicaragua, are genuinely breathtaking.

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