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from Madronal 300m south, Santa Cruz, Isla de Ometepe 044 Nicaragua
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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 and free filtered water. You can work with us in the permaculture garden and in the work shop and learn something nice (free).
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free internet
Yoga classes
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Game room
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Snack bar
Horseback riding
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Nightclub / DJ
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
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Non-smoking rooms
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English, Spanish, Italian
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Christian G wrote a review Jan 2020
Regensburg, Germany16 contributions
We stayed because of a recommandation from a friend at El Zopilote from the 2nd until the 5th of January 2020. We camped there in our own tent. The workers and some of the volunteers are very friendly but most of the Women behind the desk are very unfriendly. They had no Information about the Trails around the hostel, no Information about collectivos or the chicken busses on the Island. Only a few numbers of Taxi drivers for 22$ per Taxi. The normal price is 20$ per Taxi, not 22$ and you find collectivos from Moyogalpa to El Zopilote for 100 Cordobas per Person and the other direction. But when you ask them for a Bus, they lie to you and say, there is no Bus or collectivo. They only want selling Tours. One of the Hostel-dog peed on my girlfriends jacket during our dinner in the Restaurant, they didn't care about it. We complaint about it and they say, they will wash it. They didn't clean the jacket. The smell after "washing" was the same. The food and the Pizzas (Tuesday and Saturday they have Pizza nights) are very good but expansive, even on the Island and they say everything they sell in the Restaurant is self-growing at the El Zopilote Farm. And for this, its not cheap. And of course, its not true. Most of the plants and vegetables are not from the farm, they are from the surrounding farms. That we learned during the free Zopilote Farm Tour. The Pizza nights are the party nights, alcohol, very loud music and some strange people (including some of the volunteers) from all over the Island. Because of the barking from the owners and volunteers dogs (up to 10 dogs), the Jungle Sounds were not hearable, even for us in our tent! All the time after ordering the food, the same unfriendly desk-womens couldn't remember to the people who ordered the food, so sometimes they brought it to another people or it takes 2 or 3 tries to find they right people. The Yoga lessons are free and very good, depending on the Yoga teacher. When we checked out, they wanted to charge us 4 instead of 3 nights and meals, we didn't ordered. In total 20% more then we must pay! So in this case we were very lucky to have our own list with all of our paying. After a long discuss we didn't have to pay their Bill, only our, the right, bill! We don't recommend El Zopilote after our stay, there a lot of cheap and good Hostels with including breakfast nearby. And in the hostels you can cook your own food and meet normal people and normal volunteers.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
fedzee wrote a review Dec 2019
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Disgusting experience - Worst hostel ever, in 20 years across the world. NB: "Zopilote" means vulture / scavenger... > Dirty dorm, zero comfort: sheets full of dust, mosquito nets full of dead insects, drawers full of old dusty equipment and trash. Looked like the dorm had not be maintained for years ! > Electricity failure: no lights in the dorm, lost in the middle of the jungle. The outdoor shower had no lights neither. > Zero hospitality : the owner did not care a second. Awkward attitude. He's just a farmer-boss and the son of the founder. > No comfortable place to rest nor chill > Unethical greenwashing: they exploit many free voluntaries and underpaid guides. >> Just a disgusting business, under cover of a hyped well-marketed supposedly "sustainable" permaculture And it's more expensive than the other hostels in the country.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Jeroen B wrote a review Dec 2019
20 contributions5 helpful votes
This is the real deal: a chance to spend time on a paradise-like and self-sustaining permaculture farm. The owners are understandably very passionate about their enterprise and will share their passion with you during the recommended free tour of the farm. Huts are basic, but are everything you need for a wonderful time and the food which they make with homegrown ingredients is amazing! Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Holger wrote a review Dec 2019
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Very friendly owner-family. Great eco-conzept. Interesting events, great and healthy food. Nature all around. Also a good place for work&travel. Like a small peaceful comunity. Good located at the second volcano, which is less touristy.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Vic56474 wrote a review Oct 2019
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If you like to stay in a bambou house in the nature (not for someone looking for too much comfort), in a well organised and intelligent sustainable hostel (at all steps : food, recycling, activities, water management...), this is the best place ever! Yoga session twice a day, awesome food at the restaurant, permaculture tour and lot more to do in this amazing island .. Thanks to all the staff
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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NicaraguaRivas DepartmentIsla de OmetepeSanta Cruz
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Zopilote
Which popular attractions are close to El Zopilote?
Nearby attractions include Volcan Maderas (2.7 miles), Cascada de San Ramon (3.7 miles), and Ojo de Agua (3.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Zopilote?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free internet access.
What food & drink options are available at El Zopilote?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at El Zopilote?
Yes, paid private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Zopilote?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Campestre, Pizzeria Mediterranea Bar Ristorante, and El Pital.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Zopilote?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna and yoga classes during their stay.
Are pets allowed at El Zopilote?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Zopilote?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Italian.