The Awe-Inspiring Natural Beauty of Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Set in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, the world’s 19th largest lake, Ometepe Island is an escape from the stress of the modern world. Its most noticeable feature: the two volcanoes, one active and one extinct, that loom above all.

Island residents live a simple life of farming and fishing. There is no large-scale development and limited numbers of tourists make their way there for horseback riding, trekking in the jungle, eco-tours, and learning sustainable farming practices. You do find some expats on Ometepe, running restaurants or hostels…or farming. It’s still a relatively undiscovered destination.

In Pictures: Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

The bounty of Ometepe. A wide variety of tropical fruits and vegetables thrive here. The volcanic soil is a major reason why so much flora and fauna live here.

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