As the ferry pulled closer to Ometepe, we knew we were in for a special experience. Eric met us at the dock, and over the next two days shared his deep knowledge about nature, history and culture, as well as his passion for his homeland. The most experienced birder on our trip agreed that Eric was among the most skilled guides she'd ever encountered - anywhere in the world. Eric effortlessly balanced between deeply knowledgable members of our group, and the rest of us who were eager but somewhat new to the birds, butterflies, geology and history of Ometepe. Two years later we still marvel and laugh about the "ant-tasting" and how our vegan friend Sandy agreed they taste just like carrots! We long to return to Ometepe and to Nicaragua in general, and can't wait for what Eric can show us and teach us.