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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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San Jose, Costa Rica
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ok so to start with the positives. The idea of a permaculture hostel/finca is great and the property is beautiful. We stayed in a private cabin which was rustic in a charming way and is good value for money. There is a mosquito net over the bed. I really enjoyed pizza night. The idea is great but the staff is... More

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Chicago, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're very interested in permaculuture and the like then this is your hostel! If you're not, prepare for a very rustic stay but enjoyable. You head into a different world as you hike up to the reception desk. The hippy-esque culture surrounding the sustainability movement permeates every inch of this hostel. From free morning yoga to goods for sale... More

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Hamburg, Germany
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A magical place, working the way every place should. It's almost self sustainable and very well organized, respecting nature and its surroundings, using grey water filters to clean it and water the garden and creating zero black water. It also offers a big range of self-made products you can get at the bus shop by the road. I'd definitely recomend... More

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San Marcello Pistoiese, Italy
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Incredible place to stay... the hard work throghts the years is real and visible... the Finca works very well in ecologic ways, the waters is purificated two times (dos vecez), the bathrooms haves compost sistems, there is very good production of vegetebles and they're also growning natural tobacco... and for me the real reason to stay and enjoy was the... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Zopilote is an amazing farm. The owners have done an astonishing job of turning a barren piece of over used land into an oasis of fertility. Add to that the incredible imagination they have for creating a diverse and artisinal setting and you can only win by going there. They also have an expansive retail range of really innovative products... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We stayed in el zopilote for over a week and enjoyed every second of it. We rented the 'iguana' cabana for 16 dollars a night...its very rustic but you get a king size bed and a balcony with 2 hammocks to chill out. The pasta, pizza and salads are awesome as you would expect it by an italian owned place,... 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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