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 the last two hammocks available, which at $3 a night were a bargain. You get a huge locker which fits your whole backpack and some blankets to keep warm at night. We only planned to stay in the hammock for a night and then move to the dorm but it was so comfortable and relaxing that we decided to stay in the hammock for the whole stay.
I love the sustainability of the place and especially the compost toilets, more hostels should have these. The Japanese outdoor shower was amazing and the whole farm is stunning with is jungle paths and tropical flowers and birds everywhere.
The food at El Zopilote is all organic, homemade and absolutely delicious at very affordable prices. We ate there three times a day without breaking the bank and beer was also super cheap. They have pizza nights with stone baked pizzas three times a week which were great fun. Almost every morning there's a free yoga class and there are classes and workshops every day. We learned how to make macramé bracelets which we are still wearing now.
Despite our very bad Spanish skills we managed to converse with the super friendly staff who always had a smile for us, and if we hadn't been so lazy we could've even taken Spanish lessons for only a few dollars :-)
The best thing about Zopilote were the people we met there. We planned to stay only a few nights but ended up staying over a week as we had so much fun with our new friends, some of these friendships will last a lifetime.
Zopilote is definitely one of my favourite hostels (although it is actually much more than a hostel) of my whole round the world trip and I will always have fond memories of it and hope to return soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
- Also Known As:
- El Zopilote Isla De Ometepe, Nicaragua - Santa Cruz