Diriomo, home to a number of so-called 'witch doctors,' has long been known as the Witch Capital of the Meseta and it is here that people come if they're looking to curse an enemy, cure an ailment or bewitch a paramour. Most healers work out of their homes, which are unsigned. Ask at the alcadía (mayor's office). It's also famous for its cajetas (rich, fruit-flavored sweets), chicha bruja (an alcoholic corn beverage) and even stiffer calavera del gato (‘skull of the cat’ – drink at your own risk).
Diriá, a twin town across the road, boasts Mirador el Boquete, the mellower, less-touristed overlook of Laguna de Apoyo, where the viewpoint features a few places to eat that get packed with families on weekends. From the lookout, there’s a steep, half-hour trail to the bottom, where a muddy little beach offers access to the bright-blue water for swimming.