Ometepe, 10 things you need to know before you go.

Posted: October 9, 2014 by Central America Overland Expeditions in Expedition/Travel
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Ometepe, 10 things you need to know before you go.


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1. Past Indian inhabitants regarded it as their promised land and a sacred island.

2. Chorotega, Nahuatl and Mayans left a multitude of pre-Columbian artifacts spread all over the island.

3. Ometepe is considered one of the great rock art areas of the world .

4. The Conquistadores converted the indigenous people to Catholicism, but many old customs and beliefs were integrated into the Christian faith.

5. On Ometepe people celebrate more religious and folk festivals than anywhere else in Nicaragua.

6. The volcanoes, visible from everywhere on the island, are a powerful and ever-present feature.

7. The volcanic ash makes the soil extremely fertile and the land yields abundant crops.

8. Many farms have turned over to sustainable farming practices, and many hotels on Ometepe serve their own, self-grown fruit and vegetables.

9. Tourism on Ometepe is picking up and a new kind of traveler mingles with the usual backpacker on their Central-America journey.

10. Low-impact eco-tourism is very popular on Ometepe which in 2010 was designed as a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO.

We noticed many NGOs here. Many organizations foster rural and communitarian tourism to the mutual benefit of local families and visitors interested in an authentic experience. We are absolutely enjoying our stay here and are making plans to one day return soon, and so should you.

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