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Deciphering Ometepe’s ancient artefacts.

Ambassadors Chris and Sharon Campbell spend a weekend brushing up on Nicaraguan history.

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Approaching the shore of Ometepe
Approaching the shore of Ometepe

Following the celebrations in honour of the Queen’s Birthday party in Nicaragua in June 2013, Ambassadors Chris and Sharon Campbell took the opportunity of visiting one of Nicaragua’s top tourism destinations to experience more of Nicaragua’s rich culture. Their destination? Ometepe Island. The island’s indigenous name, which means “two mountains” provide a literal description of its topography, as the island was formed by two volcanoes that rose out of Lake Nicaragua. Ometepe was named a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 2010, is home to 30,000 people and boasts a long history of human settlement.

A pre-columbian vessel
A pre-columbian vessel

Chris and Sharon truly enjoyed exploring this eco-tourism gem and received quite a surprise upon their visit to the museum. Among the pre-Columbian artefacts was a vessel dating from 300BC-500AD, with what appeared to be a Union Jack design on the front!

Indigeneous art from Ometepe
Ometepe is home to impressive indigeneous art.

This mystical island, with its petroglyphs, rock carvings and fascinating culture, was well worth the visit.

Published 27 September 2013