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from Madronal 200m south, Santa Cruz, Isla de Ometepe 044, Nicaragua
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El Zopilote
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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48 reviews 48 reviews
40 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Slept in a hammock here for two nights, which isn't the most comfortable but does get better as you get used to it, and is just really cheap. Didn't have any issues with mosquitoes despite not having any insect repellant though it did get a little chilly in the night. Wifi worked well although it was only available in the... More

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Barcelona, Spain
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went to Zopilote thinking I would stay for a night or two.....I stayed there 3 MONTHS! Seriously....3 MONTHS. Not only did I make friends, I found a family inside a island of pure paradise. Where to begin--first, the island itself is a natural wonder. Food grows like crazy and it is a magicland for permaculture. Pigs, dogs, horses, and... More

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was coming back from Guatemala which is my favourite place in Central America and I thought no where else would top any of the paradise type of places I have been there. But I gave Ometepe and Zopilote a chance to change my mind! I am glad I did...Ometepe itself is fantastic with beautiful nature, animals, people and most... More

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of staying at El Zopilote in December 2013 and we had the most amazing time there. We heard they didn't take bookings, so when the bus arrived we quickly grabbed our bags and rushed up the hill to make sure we got a place to stay. We were lucky and managed to grab... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

This wonderful place is filled with amaizing people, everybody is friendly. The way the farm works is impressive, with a lot of recycling ( not only plastic, everything up to what you do in the toilet), organic food and free filtred water from the volcano! The best part of this farm is definetly free yoga practice in the morning with... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I really liked my stay in Zopilote. I was planning on staying 2 nights and ended up staying fro 5. They're doing really good work on the farm and because it is a small place and not that much close by, everybody is a lot in the communal places which is really nice. The dorm may be not what you're... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The eco hut buildings were amazing and they actually transformed the place into a magical place. The sun rises early there but we woke up eagerly for the long yoga session The food at their restaurant using their own farm vegetables and fruits was amazing. The sunset from the mirador point was fantastic. Loved the concept and how it worked... More

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Reno, Nevada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Our stay at Zopilote was a dream. Finally, after a lot of traveling we were able to enjoy a relaxing 3 days without the daily management of cash and haggling that comes so freely when you pass through the boarder into Nicaragua. On the farm, eating fantastic food, long early morning yoga sessions, enjoying the abundance of fireflies at night... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Arrived at El Zopilote very excited to be staying there. Stayed in the dorms first night which were pretty cool, then moved to a private-ish cabana. The thing that bothered us was that the mosquito net was covered in a whiles worth of bat poop. We didn't even want to let it down in fear of being rained on with... More

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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7 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This was hands down my fav spot i stayed on ometepe and even in all of nica. I learned about permie stuff just from how they ran things there. Beautiful space and fresh free fruits from multiple trees. I camped actually and the spots were lovely. Only prob is staff was pretty bad. They were VERY business oriented, tho they... More

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Address: from Madronal 200m south, Santa Cruz, Isla de Ometepe 044, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Isla de Ometepe > Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
El Zopilote Isla De Ometepe, Nicaragua - Santa Cruz

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El Zopilote is a permaculture farm/hostel. We have hammock, dormitory, and rooms. We have a organic restaurant serving Nica and Italian food (like handmade pastas, lasagnas, fettuccine, melanzane alla parmigiana) open at breakfat, lunch and dinner tevery day and 3 nights a week we have pizza night ,cooked in wood-bricks oven.In the reception we sell food and organic product hand made here.The land is completely planted with fruit trees, bananos and much more...Our goal is to be 100% sustainable. We have a look out tower where you can see the Volcanos and the farm. We organize tour to both volcanoes, horseback riding, spanish lessons, yoga classes (free), ceramic, bread and bees courses and there is free WI-FI 24h. You can work with us in the permaculture garden and in the work shop and learn something nice (free). ... more   less 
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