1. Every tourist that comes here speaks Spanish. Every. Tourist. From. Anywhere. It means the locals don't have to work too hard to try to communicate. Which also means that for people like me who are deaf and need to gesture, communicating is much more difficult than usual.
2. Don't expect any kind of nightlife if you're dependent on the Lanchas' schedule. We opted to stay at a private resort, which means we didn't have to deal with dirty hippie-wannabes, but it also meant that we were stranded in other towns without any way back or stuck in our room by 7:30pm.
3. Do we tip or what???
4. Find a local to guide you. It is really hard to find restaurants and find your way around the towns along the lake. They're not neatly divided into grids. There are footpaths that you take through obscure trees and shacks until you finally find the place you were looking for. Just ask. Then do we tip or what???
5. These locals have seen it ALL. Thanks to the bizarre creatures that venture here. I was worried about my attire and jewelry until I saw what the other tourists (if you want to call them that?) looked like. OH. Go ahead and wear what you want to wear. Trust me, there isn't anything that would shock the locals. Yeah, most people dress for comfort. But you don't need to dress like Janis Joplin to try to blend in. No matter what, you will stand out.