Isla de Ometepe – the fantasy island in Nicaragua
Isla de Ometepe is definitely a good candidate for "eight wonder of the world". It is an absolutely fantastic island and one of my favourite places in Central and South America. Ometepe is an island formed by two volcanos rising from lake Nicaragua in the Republic of Nicaragua. Its name derives from the Nahuatl words ome (two) and tepetl (mountain), meaning two mountains: two volcanic peaks (Conception and Maderas) rise from the hazy blue expanse of Cocibolca, 'the Sweet Sea' and form an hourglass of beaches and jungles. Isla de Ometepe has an area of 276 km². It is 31 km long and 5 to 10 km wide. The island has a population of 42,000, and an economy based on tourism, livestock and agriculture. It has a hiding a wealth of archaeological treasures and a very romantic countryside. Thomas and I spent some of the most romantic time of our travels there.