For an authentic Ometepe experience, consider arranging a homestay with a local family. For US$20 per night (including all meals or US$7 bed only), one of ten families in the Puesta del Sol collective will take you in and share their home with you. The group (8619 0219, infrequently updated website puestadelsol.org) has small plots of land growing organic herbs, fruits and other plants from its base 2km from Moyogalpa, and makes wine and tea from hibiscus. Visitors can learn about cultivation, experience life with a typical Nica family and arrange visits to Ometepe’s sights – bike and canoe rental can also be arranged.

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