PIG and CHICKENS on HERMIT ISLAND
Lago Suchitlan, Near Suchitoto, El Salvador
The Cerrón Grande reservoir, locally known as Suchitlán Lake, is the largest body of fresh water in El Salvador. In 2005, the reservoir and approximately 470 km2 (180 sq mi) of adjacent area was listed as a “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention. The area provides a habitat for large numbers of waterbird, duck and fish species. In the middle of the lake is Hermit Island, where initially a hermit lived, but after he died a couple of families moved onto the land with their pigs and chickens. This is a big kayaking destination for bird watchers. Sadly, many farmers lost their family’s land here when the government flooded the area as a catchment basin for the hydroelectric dam. The area is gorgeous.