Sometimes you just catch a glimpse into another world if you just let go. We were too busy taking in the beautiful setting of Isla Ometepe to bother with anything. So it happened that we missed extending our reservation at Maria’s.
After our wonderful evening et Zopilote, it had gotten pretty late when we ventured out to find a place for the night. After a short walk, we were happy to stumble upon Hostal Espirales. Besides carrying our backpacks, we didn’t mind walking at night because we heard that Isla Ometepe is very secure and one does not need to worry too much.
While talking with the employees, we once more realized that the concept and level of safety are very different for tourists and locals, especially for women. Abuse, gender bias, and machismo culture are severe problems for Nicaragua’s women. However, REMO has taken on the challenge to fight violence and gender bias. The island’s women organized and started a social business. REMO aims to empower women through prevention projects and the creation of economic prospects.