(I actually travelled in August 2011 but have been extremely remiss in waiting so long to write a very crucial and grateful review of this place.)
Staying here was the best decision my fiance and I made on our trip because the staff of Finca Magdalena are absolutely amazing -- absolutely above and beyond. I say this as someone who was carried down half of Maderas on a makeshift stretcher (hammock) by 4 of the staff who were summoned up at a moment's notice because a ridiculous tourist girl found out too late that her knees had given out from under her.
When my fiance and I climbed Maderas, I was not wearing good shoes and had never climbed anything before in my life, and we took 6 hours to get to the top of the volcano -- the whole trip up and down is only supposed to take 6 hours. By the time we were halfway down, it was pitch-black (the sun goes down around 5pm), and our guide was not only the only one of us who had a source of light, but was also helping me down the rocky descent. When we stopped for a break, I couldn't bend my knees after straightening them, and after very painfully and slowly making them bend, couldn't straighten them again. Our guide then carried me on his shoulder in the darkness, and when both my fiance and I expressed serious concerns about our safety (and his, with me on his back), he called the finca, and four staff showed up with a hammock to carry me down in. I can tell you that in the midst of that very excruciating and bewildering pain and the panic of not being able to get back down (or ever walk again!) they felt like true God-sends!!! They carried me all the way down, and once we were back in our rooms, the restaurant brought us over dinner after hearing of our ordeal, and then found me some ibuprofen after seeing how much in pain I was. A night of rest did wonders for my knees and I was able to hobble on to our next stop the next day, but I will never forget how wonderful the staff of Finca Magdalena was in taking care of me during that very scary time!
Finca Magdalena is beautiful and the coffee is great and all that, but the MOST important reason it is the absolute best place to stay is that you should not climb the Volcan Maderas from anywhere else if you want to be sure you will be in good hands:)
- Also Known As:
- Finca Magdalena Hotel Isla De Ometepe
- Finca Magdalena Hotel