Ometepe in Nahuatl means two mountains. The mountains are, in fact, two volcanoes that rise from Lake Nicaragua in its western part. Volcanoes Concepción and Maderas have created an island that is extremely fertile, rich in wildlife and archeological sites in the form of petroglyphs and stone statues dating back as far as 500 BC. The population is mainly engaged in agriculture, but tourism occupies an important place in the economy of the island. Only about 60,000 tourists visit the island annually, making it an undiscovered gem of Nicaragua.