No English is spoken here and it operates quite separately from the rest of Nicaragua. Ox and cart plough the fields often unearthing pre-Colombian boulders and petroglyphs; a reminder of the islands’ deep historic roots.
1700 or so petroglyphs have been discovered and except for a few enterprising individuals who have created small museums, refreshingly so, little has been done to create the tourist attractions you might expect. Ometepe’s unique culture and the spectacular setting is a draw and it sees a big increase in visitors every year. Now there is even a small airport that receives a biweekly flight from Managua for just 12 passengers. Go now and go the old fashioned way – the choppy lake crossing by a time-worn ferry is all part of the experience.