What a beautiful and special place to ring in the new year! We stayed at Finca del Sol for three nights over the holiday and it was the highlight of our trip to Nicaragua. Finca del Sol is located in the foothills of Maderas with great views of Concepcion (be warned: though always a lovely sight its top is often obscured by clouds.) Sheri and Cristiano are attentive and caring hosts. In addition to helping book taxis and tour guides they provide in each room a binder full of typed up tour and restaurant information--not the pile of brochures you find at most places. They also have a huge DVD collection from which you can borrow from and watch on your room's DVD player.
We loved meeting other travelers around the breakfast table in the morning. The food was really yummy. My favorite was an omelet made with fresh basil and rosemary. We also had a great quiche on January 1st. Sheri said she wanted to make something special that day as it would be the first thing we ate in the new year.
Though there are tons of fun activities you can pack your entire day with, we really enjoyed relaxing on the finca in the afternoon, sitting in the hammock reading a book and watching the tropical sheep and birds outside our door. We stayed in Casa la Luna (the blue cabin). The bed was nice and had a mosquito net that we never used as we found the island to be bug free. The composting toilet was clean and hassle free. It was cloudy so we didn't get much warm water--our showers were cool but not frigid.
The location is great for exploring the island. The trail up Maderas begins right behind the property. We opted for the hike to the mirador rather than the 6-8 hour trek to the top. Sheri arranged a great guide Alexis who spoke English and was very knowledgeable, pointing out all the unique animal and plant life. We saw howler and white-faced monkeys, parrots, and even a (non-poisonous) yellow-bellied vine snake. The previous day we kayaked Rio Istian. We saw amazing bird life, a crocodile, some monkeys and again our guide Willie was excellent. Order food at the restaurant before your trip. The fish was great and I think their fresh juice was the best I had in all of Nicaragua.
The town of Santa Cruz is a short walk from the finca. It is small but we were able to eat at a different place each night. Definitely bring a flashlight especially if you are eating at the El Encanto which is a 300 meter trail from the road.
Overall a wonderful and unique place, great for couples and families!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Finca del Sol is pleased to offer private, spacious, eco friendly cabins in peaceful surroundings ! Our property is 12.5 Acres, and has approximately 20% of 3rd generation forest growth, with a maximum of 10 guests on the grounds at one time - reducing our environmental footprint on Mother Earth. Located in the tropical dry forest within the national reserve. Here you have an opportunity to view howler monkey, parrots and a variety of other interesting critters, flora and fauna! We welcome you to our refuge created in harmony within nature. An excellent location for those interested in exploring nature & the beauty that surrounds us, from the volcano to the river, to the beach, the possibilities are endless.The cabins are Eco friendly with comfortable with double or queen beds, mosquito netting and private bathrooms with warm water. Each cabin has its own private porch and garden setting with comfortable chairs and hammocks boasting fantastic views of Volcano Conception and Lake Cocibolca! Our cabins are equipped with 21' screen with a DVD player and huge selection of films in English, Spanish and Italian, night light, fan, security box, daily maid service, purified drinking water, clean and hygienic composting toilet system and 100% solar powered.Included in the rate is access to WIFI, complimentary beach towels,and concierge services. Our organic breakfast is optional, boasting things like homemade bread, yogurt and granola. Your hosts speak English, Spanish and Italian. We are centrally located in the village of Santa Cruz, within walking distance to 10 small restaurants and bicycle rentals. We are steps away from the trail to Volcano Madaras, and 10 minutes walk from the sandy beach. We are on the public bus route making it easy to get around for all your explorations while you are on the island.If you are looking for something a little different than the usual hotel experience, opt for the adventure, break the mold and dive into all that Ometepe Island and Finca del Sol has for you! See you on Ometepe!! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Finca Del Sol Hotel Santa Cruz
- Finca Del Sol Isla De Ometepe, Nicaragua - Santa Cruz