My boyfriend and I just spent 3 nights on Isla de Ometepe, and booked Finca based on it's previous trip advisor reviews. We enjoyed this different approach as it's something we've never done before (it's an eco, solar powered farm).
First thing you should know before booking is that it is rustic. So if you are not up for dealing with bugs, geckos, solar power, lack of wifi, and composting toilets, this just isn't for you. However, if you are looking for something very private and laid back, at the foot of a volcano, then read on. We woke up each morning to views of Volcano Concepion. :)
We stayed in the Bamboo Hut (the largest and newest one) and were perfectly comfortable. The cabins stayed relatively cool despite it being 90 degrees outside. There was only one small fan but it seemed to do the trick. Nice bathroom, but again, composting toilets, so I wouldn't stay here with a brand new lover (if you get my drift! ;) )
Most TA reviewers point out that Cristiano helped them--while we were there he was mostly busy making updates to the farm (it was low season) and so Sheri helped us. She was great in arranging tour guides, taxis and recommending places to eat. They were both super friendly and obviously take GREAT pride in their beautiful farm! We hired Eddie (great taxi driver) to take us around all day for $60 and it was WELL worth it, as Finca is on the more undeveloped side of the island, and the roads are terrible. There supposedly is a bus, but we never saw it and the one we did see was broken down.
They also offer $5 breakfasts each morning which are worth it. Finca is also a very short walk to a few restaurants nearby in Santa Cruz, so it's easy to get around for lunch or dinner. Sheri also packed us a lunch for our hike on Volcano Maderas. One Tip if you go out for dinner: Just bring a flashlight if you are out after dark!
The only reasons I am not giving this 5 stars is: There was a serious lack of any cold water on the property--you get a water filter system, but it's lukewarm. Not great after hiking for 8 hours in 90 degree heat & humidity. And second, the last night I thought my sandals had been stolen by the maid, who for some reason, stuck them outside on a rock and we didn't find them til the morning bc it's pitch dark there at night. We also rented bikes from them, which were pretty terrible (one the brakes didn't work that well)--so I would go elsewhere for those.
Overall a lovely stay!
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Thank you for your detailed and kind review on Finca del Sol. We are so glad to hear that your first Eco experience was positive and that you enjoyed yourselves! The cabin you stayed in is an absolute treasure, and quite comfortable. I just wanted to mention a few abnormalities, like the WIFI – we do offer it as a free service, however it is only available in the common area ( as mentioned on our website) not from the cabins. Also, being a developing country - infrastructure – like better roads (while not here yet) are on the forefront of coming to this area. There are men currently working on the road, and it is sure to pass our gate within the month....which will be a welcome improvement. (This is not to say that people thinking to bring rental cars should arrive in a little mini, as the roads around Volcano Madaras are in horrible repair)
I notice that you mentioned you did not give us 5 stars – because
1.a lack of cold water to drink after your climb – your cabin does not have a fridge, however having a water filter system allows you to drink clean, safe, bacteria free water & save money, by not having to buy every bottle of water that you would like to drink. It also insures that we have less plastic in our environment to dispose of, which is more Eco friendly than trying to sell you all we can. While I can appreciate that a cold drink would be nice, we let the restaurants and bars in the area fill that demand.
2.Presuming the maid took your shoes – only to find out the next morning that they were outside on a rock. I understand it is a normal presumption to assume that in a poor struggling country theft would / could occur....I just wanted to assure you that we have never had anything taken from the cabins. We do expect that when the girls mop the floor they put everything back, however sometimes mistakes happen. Please accept my apologies for any stress this may have caused you on your last evening.
3.The bikes – which as we mentioned when you hired them, are not ours – they belong to a man in the community and he rents them out through us. This insures he has an income for his family. While they are not in grand condition, it is worth mentioning that all the bikes in Ometepe are in similar condition...all needing a little TLC as the roads are quite bad. Thank you for pointing out that you did have problem with one, as we can call him to fix it so the next person will not have a similar experience.
Thank you for coming to stay once again, and giving your heartfelt opinion on our place. We truly hope to see you again in the near future!
Many kind regards, Sheri
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