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Projecto Ecologico Hostel

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From The Triangle, 800 M North Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, La Laguna de Apoyo, Masaya Nicaragua
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#5 of 6 Specialty lodging in La Laguna de Apoyo
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The Gaia Program is operated by FUNDECI, the only officially registered not-for-profit organization working in the Laguna de Apoyo area. Go scuba diving, bird- and monkey-watching, volunteer, learn Spanish, or take one of our special environmental courses. Help us keep the Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve in harmony between humans and wildlife. All proceeds go to support environmental causes.
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Tom G wrote a review Feb 2017
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I came here to improve my Spanish, and it was a perfect three weeks for me. The location near the lake is beautiful and the staff are incredibly helpful and friendly. Pablo is a very experienced local guide and he gave us great opportunities to practise spanish and learn about the local area. I had a great teacher and an amazing deal in terms of price. The food was lovely and really healthy. The rooms are fairly basic, and there is sometimes quite a bit of noise from the local wildlife at night, but for me that was all part of the experience! I would thoroughly recommend this place, especially if you're looking for a good value deal on Spanish lessons.
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Date of stay: January 2017
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Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from lagunadeapoyo, Manager at Projecto Ecologico Hostel
Responded Feb 19, 2017
Thank you for writing about us. We offer simple accomodations, good food and coffee, and a real experience on the environment in Nicaragua. We invite folks to come to take with us or write us via email. Our Spanish school is the longest-running school in the country, and our teachers have taught the teachers at most of the other schools. We are happy to have succeeded, too, on being friendly. Our prices are modest and a great value for someone who wants to get a lot of time in Laguna de Apoyo. We have the least expensive accomodation in the area. Please visit us!
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istanbul_gribbly wrote a review Feb 2017
istanbul8 contributions11 helpful votes
Pablo was a fantastic guide - knowledgable and truly passionate about birds. We saw nearly 50 species in a 2.5 hr walk on dirt roads and forest paths. The walk was followed by a hearty breakfast and swim.
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from lagunadeapoyo, Manager at Projecto Ecologico Hostel
Responded Feb 19, 2017
Pablo has co-authored a few scientific publications on birds. We welcome all nature lovers to come and view the birds (and monkeys-there are a lot of them, these days) with us. We have special plans for birdwatchers to stay overnight and make excursions at dawn. Please contact us for details.
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Maria L wrote a review Jan 2017
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I studied Spanish for one week at this place. The backpacker Spanish was just what I needed, because I was not doing well at all without traveling with others who could speak better. There were two teachers who taught me and my friend, and we stayed in a dormitory with a group of birdwatchers who came from Europe to see nature. This week, we are going to study in Managua. Oh there is a crazy man next door, we met him. We also went birdwatching with the others one day, and helped Pablo to put some data into their computer files. We mostly helped with the tree project, planting trees and we also went to a meeting at an office in Catarina. We just tried to be helpful. We also met with Jeffrey, the director, who was preparing for a workshop with a group of German volunteers. The cost was 175 dollars and the price included food which was the best we have eaten in Nicaragua. The best part is the water. The lake is very nice. It is a shame that the local people put trash everywhere, and that the foreigners build walls to keep others off their beach. After one more week of Spanish, I hope we can manage the rest of our trip!
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Date of stay: January 2017
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: there are a couple of rooms with private bathroom, they are more expensive
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Response from lagunadeapoyo, Manager at Projecto Ecologico Hostel
Responded Feb 19, 2017
Thank you for visiting and sharing with us. We are now providing backpacker Spanish classes at very accessible prices, and we have the least expensive accomodations in Laguna de Apoyo. As you mentioned, there are professional scientists on staff conducting birdwatching excursions. Come and see some great birds with us!
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Anne S wrote a review Dec 2016
13 contributions3 helpful votes
I just concluded my fourth period of Spanish study here. I was also present un December 2010, when a disgruntled former employee violently attacked and injured the director during a Gaia workshop. I submitted a report on the incident and I received a satisfactory resolution. During 2012, I spent a week with my young son who loved the water and the doting attention of the staff and guests. I have finally learned enough Spanish to deal with the growing immigrant community at work. This hostel os probably the most basic un the area, but it is comfortable and the violent person is no longer a factor.
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from lagunadeapoyo, Manager at Projecto Ecologico Hostel
Responded Feb 19, 2017
Thank you for writing. We are committed to peaceful resolution of any kind of disagreements. We continue to work on all the issues regarding nature conservation in Laguna de Apoyo. The results can be seen: the reserve now has a management plan which was developed through our coordination; some activities such as motorboats and rampant construction and deforestation are stopped; the threatened fish species in the lake are now widely recognized to need intervention and protection; and the monkeys are now more abundant than ever! And, the person you mentioned has left Nicaragua, hopefully for good. We hope your Spanish skills continue to improve and you find it useful in your work. Please return and go scuba diving with us!
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NicaraguaMasaya DepartmentMasayaLa Laguna de Apoyo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Projecto Ecologico Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Projecto Ecologico Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Laguna de Apoyo (1.9 miles), Mirador de Catarina (1.9 miles), and Masaya Crafts Market (3.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Projecto Ecologico Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Projecto Ecologico Hostel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Projecto Ecologico Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Projecto Ecologico Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Nani Cafe, La Cazuela de Don Nacho, and San Simian.
Does Projecto Ecologico Hostel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Projecto Ecologico Hostel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Projecto Ecologico Hostel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Projecto Ecologico Hostel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting El Coyotepe Fortress (2.8 miles) and Mercado de Artesanías de Masaya (3.8 miles).