As some of you know I was lucky enough to go to Ometepe, Nicaragua last January. I was invited to go to Ometepe with a group of people who were taking cameras down and teaching deaf kids photography. As part of the project we made a short video. Rather than write down everything that gets said in the video, I will provide a handy link so you can see it here.
For those of you unfamiliar with Ometepe, suffice it to say it is a jewel of Central America. Ometepe, an island made up of two volcanos, sits in the middle of one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world- lake Nicaragua. The lake and it’s waters are such a dominant feature that ‘agua’ became a part of the name of the country. Fun fact – lake Nicaragua was, and possibly still is, home to bull sharks. This tidbit was shared with me after I took a late night dip into the lake. Forget the bull sharks, Ometepe is is much more well known for it’s forests, bird life, amazing sandy beaches, cloud topped volcanos, organic coffee and warm welcoming people.
Ometepe Island has been in the news lately, most notably on the cover of the New York Times Travel section a few Sundays ago, as well as being featured in Adventure Cycling magazine. American tourists generally head for Costa Rica, but many Northern European backpackers and Aussies head to Ometepe. Tourism is a help to the island economy, but selfishly, I hope it doesn’t ever get too popular. The island, and my new friends on the island, are very much on my mind as plans proceede for an uber- canal to cut right through the lake on it’s way across Nicaragua. I will resist going into my feelings on the canal at this point. However, I will say that if you want to visit a spectacular location with excedeingly warm people, and you know a bit of basic Spanish, Ometepe is well worth the effort.
Our island, Bainbridge Island, has a decades long relationship with Ometepe – our “sister island”. As a gesture of goodwill to the people of Nicaragua, BOSIA has been supporting various humanitarian and educational programs on Ometepe for decades. I was honored to be asked to particpate in one of the BOSIA special need delegations.
Below are a few images from the trip. It was an amazing experience and I will be going back next winter. If you think this is something you might like to get involved in, let me know.