El Ojo de AguaPrint
The Ojo de Agua are two swimming pools in the forest which are an excellent place to unwind and relax from a strenuous journey or a hike on Ometepe's volcanoes.
Surrounded by big old trees you can doze in wooden sun chairs, read your book and cool down from time to time in the pool. The water of Ojo de Agua has a special quality as the pools are filled with thermal spring water from an underground well at the bottom of the upper pool. A continous stream of fresh water flows through the pools which are almost 2 m deep. The lower pool is over 40 m long so you can do real laps in it.
Admission to the Ojo de Agua costs $4. There is a small restaurant by the pool and the waiters serve typical dishes and drinks to your place.
The land owner also built gazebos, dressing rooms, toilets and a parking lot. Unfortunately he also "developed" the formerly dense forest
by cutting many of the big old trees and there are plans for further large constructions.
The Ojo de Agua is popular with locals and tourists on Ometepe so that on some days it's pretty crowded and loud. Try to avoid holidays and weekends to enjoy the place in its serene and tranquil setting. It's one of Ometepe's magic places where you can have blissful moments, soothing for body and soul.
From Playa Santo Domingo it's 2 km until you reach the trailhead which leads 500 m through the farmland to the Ojo
de Agua. With a car take the other entrance, 1 km further, which goes to the parking lot.
From Altagracia it's around 5 km to the entrance of Ojo de Agua. Take the road to Playa Santa Domingo and watch out for a billboard saying "The Eye of the Water". From the turnoff it's approximately 600 m to the parking lot.