Ometepe Travel Blog› entry 13 of 27 › view all entries
We spent Monday through Friday on the island of Ometepe, located in lake Nicaragua. Geographically, it reminds Tom alot of Maui - two mountains joined by a narrow isthmus, the north windward side of the island very moist, and the leeward southern side much drier. Common on this side is an unusual tree-climbing cactus, and magpie jays, their protruding crests looking like headdresses of vegas dancers. The island of 35,000 inhabitants seems mostly populated by farmers. They don't seem to have very much in the way of possessions, but seem well-fed and happy, and very friendly to tourists. The governement has paved the main road here to help promote tourism, but there are very few cars on the road, mostly there are people riding bicycles, walking, and driving cattle down to the lake to drink. The lakeshore itself is dotted with fishermen with small nets, and women with children doing laundry on small platforms, scubbing clothing on flat rocks and hanging the clothes of dry on the trees lining the lake. The lake itself is lovely for kayaking and swimming. We rented a motorbike for the day, and went around the island on the more passable roads. The two volcanoes are perfect cones, like a little kid would draw, and make for incredible vistas.