If you are prepared to rough it for a few nights, I would highly recommend staying with this family if you plan to visit Somoto. Though the bedrooms, shower block and outside toilet leave a lot to be desired, the wonderful family more than makes up for the poor living conditions. A typical Nicaraguan family; mum and dad, six sons, three daughters, aged between 23-37, all living under one roof bar two who have left home to live in Somoto town centre 13km away. Our children, aged 8 and 10, were given so much attention and the whole family loved sitting and chatting to us all, even with our limited Spanish. All the animals, including two of the most adorable puppies ever seen, kept my children entertained for hours. We stayed for two nights and on the day in the middle two of the sons took us on an amazing trip into the canyon which is only a few km from their front door. It was one of the best things we have done in Central America. We walked, swam, body-surfed down rapids and jumped off high rocks into the deep canyon below. The boys made it so much fun with their light-hearted manner and even though it was a tough five hours, their professionalism didn't falter for a second. I would highly recommend staying with this wonderful family if you are travelling in Nicaragua. A unique opportunity to meet the real people in this beautiful and friendly country.