About a kilometer down the road I came to Hotel Charco Verde and they had a room for me. Yay! It was a nice looking place with lush gardens and a restaurant right on the lake.
I settled into the room and had some lunch and a beer before setting out to explore a bit. There was a trail beyond the row of cabinas that lead to the lagoon so I headed in that direction. I passed through beautiful gardens and a sign that said everything was grown organically.
Being a volcanic island, Ometepe has many farms and is very much a rural agricultural environment. There are small patches of wheat and tobacco, fields of bananas; cows, pigs, chickens and horses wandering around everywhere.
I didn't recognize most of what was growing here but it was very beautiful. I did recognize the banana and papaya trees...
Past the gardens I came to the lagoon and scanned the shore for birds. Didn't see much other than the great egrets. Behind me I heard a rustling in the trees and turned to see a family of howler monkeys on their evening rounds for dinner. They were in the trees above the compost piles but didn't seem to be too interested in the compost. The papaya leaves were too good to resist however.
I just love the tropical flowers and could not resist photographing them. Some of these, the hibiscus for example, were planted; most were wild.
The bus dropped me off at the turn off to Charco Verde...Green Lagoon. There is a nature preserve here and I was hoping to kayak the lagoon and see some birds and monkeys. I hoisted my pack and started walking down the dirt road towards, I hoped, a hotel.