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“Absolutely worth the effort to get here” 4 of 5 stars
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Totoco Eco-Lodge
Maderas Volcano, El callejon publico la palmera, Balgue, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Balgue B&B and Inns
Kentucky
1 review
“Absolutely worth the effort to get here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2009

If your idea of an overseas vacation is a Hilton type hotel complete with shuttle from the airport, and all the conveniences, this is not the place for you. An absolutely breathtaking location with a view of islands in the distance and set on a slope in between two volcanoes, Totoco offers a total break from the tedium of day -to- day work-oriented existence. An intensely private setting with several different types of private casitas, each totally constructed of local materials and in indigenous styles, provides a serene experience. Whether you hike into the cloud forest to the top of the volcano, tour the coffee planatation, take advantage of a kayaking adventure, or just relax in the hammocks and soak up the location, this is a memorable experience. The staff of the lodge is totally there for you, assisting with all arrangements, to include transfers from the airport to the ferry and then on to the property. And, it is totally eco-friendly. This is a new property, and it is still evolving. There are small hiccups and glitches in an all- natural environment and the roads on this end of the island are abysmal. We are already planning our return visit--if you are looking for something different and out of the ordinary, you will love this place and the people.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2009

What a wonderful place to relax. it's totally isolated and quiet (except for an annoying cat the first night but that situation was quickly remedied the next night).

Amazing views.

The staff is attentive and helpful.

The food is terrific.

Bring flashlights; you'll need them!

Great hiking if you don't mind the heat.

There are a lot of activities available...or you can do a lot of gazing at the volcano as we did.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Juan del Sur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2009

We were so happy to come across Totoco Lodge. It's the most beautifull place on the island. The project is done with some much love and the hosts are very helpfull. Very thing is posible.

The food is organic for the most part and it's simple but with much flavor. We loved eating there.

We stayed in the small lodge, such a romantic lodge with beautifull view.
For activities, you should go on the water with a canoo or hiking.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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san jose
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2009

...great place, incredible view...very friendly staff. food is good, cabins und architecture of the eco-lodge are of the finest - u can tell all the love that was put in! again, incredible view! quiet, relaxing .... woderful :)

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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tiburon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2009

We were met at San Jose harbor by the taxi driver and his son hired by Totoco to pick us up. It took about an hour to arrive at Totoco Eco Lodge. When we arrived we were greeted by Ros and Jonathan. We immediately felt at home. The main lodge had fantastic views of the volcano and Lake Nicaragua. The meals were organic and very delicious. Our stay was so relaxing and the feeling of the whole area was so magical. The staff was fantastic and helpful with all our questions. We wish we would have had the opportunity to stay longer, but we will definitely be back. We wish the best for Totoco's bright future, which is well deserved.

Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2009

My friend an I stayed there for 3 nights. We have both traveled extensively and can honestly say that this place was among the best. Upon arrival we were greeted by Roslyn, Martin and John. They treated us as if we were long last friends. We then walked down to our cabana, which had a view of a volcano and lake Nicaragua. Surrounding us were flowers and butterflies in their hundreds. Not even in dreams could we have imagined such an exotic experience. As it is an ecolodge everything is natural. We had the best night sleep. Totocolodge was by far the most enjoyable part of our vacation.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Fe, NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2009

As promised, the views of the volcanoes and lake are astounding. I've never seen so many butterflies. The whole lodge is planned with a commitment to sustainability, care in planning and building, and senstivity to the environment and the community. The food was delicious, the staff friendly and helpful. I feel lucky to have found it as it is still developing; it was an amazing, serene retreat. The amount of work that has gone into the planting and care of the gardens is astounding. They're doing a beautiful job. It is quite a trip to get there, but worth every twist and bump in the road!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Maderas Volcano, El callejon publico la palmera, Balgue, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Isla de Ometepe > Balgue
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Balgue
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the edge of a pristine biosphere nature reserve with an abundance of wildlife and a cloud forest above you, the Totoco experience is pure comfort in pure nature. Guests can stay in one of our custom designed private lodges all made using local materials and labour. Each lodge enjoys a private garden setting and offers spectacular views of Lake Nicaragua and active Concepcion Volcano. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Totoco Eco Hotel Balgue
Totoco Eco-Lodge Nicaragua/Isla De Ometepe - Balgue

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