The tribes Caribisis of South America, Chorotegas, Nahuas, and other tribes populated the island during the pre-Columbian era. A large number of petroglyphs and stone idols distributed throughout the island attest to their indigenous experience.
Altagracia or Aztagalpa was the indigenous capital of Ometepe in pre-Columbian times, populated by the tribe of the Chibchas, descendants of the Chorotegas and Nagrandanos. Its church, in the center of the town, boasts some of the largest stone idols found in Ometepe. Other vestiges of the pre-Columbian past of the island are found in the archaeological museum, which also offers cultural and geological information.
Ometepe is easily accessible on a one-hour ferry ride from San Jorge, Rivas. Promoted as an “Oasis of Peace”, Ometepe also offers attractions such as the Charco Verde Ecological Reserve, Santo Domingo Beach, Jesús María Point, San Ramón Waterfall, and the Ojo de Agua, among others. Low-impact ecotourism is very popular on the island, with rural and community tourism being promoted for the mutual benefit of island families, and visitors interested in an authentic experience.