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History of Ometepe Island

Ometepe Island is a lost emerald chest of Nicaragua. The name of this majestic island comes from the Nahuatl word meaning place Ometepetl two hills and volcanoes. Historically it is a birthplace of two great cultures: that of Mexico and of Guatemala.

Through the years, Ometepe Island has been the refuge and the promised land of many tribes which have left an identity to the island as 25.000 years ago the first settlers crossed the Bering Strait, already they knew of the existence of this place for some visitors. History tells us that these people did not come to speed slowly but saving all kinds of difficulties. Tribes of Nahuatl and Olmeca, made new migrations and reached Ometepe in the north, which were invaded by Chorotegas and Nicaraguas who all together turned the island into a sacred place of archaeological riches.

All this history has led many tourists to visit the island in hopes of finding all the archaeological wealth and identity bequeathed tribes that populated the island.

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Moisés David Ghitis Rivera (creator and founder) began at age 12 (1976) to collect bills, coins and archaeological which pieces when his parents farmed, agricultural implements unearthed such parts, so he decided to collect and protect the heritage Cultural Ometepe Island share their collections with the public, transforming his home in what is now the Numismatic and Pre-Columbian Museum, was inaugurated on 31 March 2007. This initiative was supported by friends who have donated pieces found different parts of the island.

Thanks to the struggle of Mr. Ghitis by promoting culture, El Ceibo Museums became the only private museum prehispanic on the island of Ometepe and one of the museums most pieces (houses a collection of more than 1,500 pre-Columbian pieces, which they are on permanent display) and recognized in Nicaragua.

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Legend has it that this flower is the soul of India Anahi Queen, the ugliest of an indomitable tribe who lived on the banks of the Parana River. One day he was captured, but brave and determined, killed the guard who was watching.

Just then, his fate was sealed forever condemned to death by fire, the next night, his body was tied to a tree in the jungle, low and broad leaves. Slowly, Anahí was engulfed by flames. Those who attended the execution, checked with astonishment that the body of the Indian queen took a strange way, and gradually became a slender tree, crowned with red flowers. At dawn, in a clearing, glowing kapok flower.

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