is known as 'The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes." Omotepe is an
island on northeastern Lake Nicaragua formed by two volcanoes -
Mt. Maderas and Mt. Concepcion. Lake Nicaragua is the tenth largest
fresh water lake in the world. It's the only fresh water lake with
Todd Buchanan (Omotepe's Peace Corps volunteer), and I ate gigantic
plates of fried fish in a sweet tomato-pineapple sauce and cold
bottles of Victoria (actually, Todd was drinking Tona, the other
Nicaraguan beer) on the beach near Chico Largo's lagoon.
has been on the verge of a tourist boom ever since the war ended.
Once on the island, you get the urge to stay there forever, and
not just because you dread the nauseating ferry ride back to the
mainland. If you make a deal with the mystical deer-man, Chico Largo,
you will never be able to leave.