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#1 of 9 Specialty lodging in Isla de Ometepe
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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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Zopilote is a nice idea (eco-hippie community on the island of ometepe), but the execution is very poor. First of all, be aware that you might end up doing an up to 15 minute walk/ hike with your luggage between property entrance and your accommodation. The first dorm I was shown was a 4 bad/2 hammocks dorm which had been taken over by the volunteers (stuff spread over 4 beds and all lockers, lockers can’t be locked). The staff was unapologetic and got pissed when I demanded a private to at least be able to secure my valuables. If you don’t want to leave your passport at reception (and who wants that?!) you are required to pay all the food you consume on the spot (sometimes even before you eat) -they are more concerned with you paying immediately than giving you a good service. It should be said that there is no kitchen access. You need to order food in zopilote or eat out. Saturday night is pizza night and the normal kitchen is closed. Meaning that if you have dietary restrictions like me, too bad, you need to eat out. The more remote accommodations are not as well served, eg sometimes no toilet paper or no water in the outside showers. The place largely runs on volunteers who are not paid, but eat for free. 3 Nicaraguan women work at reception / kitchen so you can imagine the payroll impact on the business is pretty low. I am not sure what the different volunteers do all day but to serve themselves food before the paying guests and they surely do not care about recycling, etc, but I guess you cannot really blame them. It seems that the management of this place is pretty much absent. Also, the volunteer community is a pretty exclusive clique and despite the ‘hippie community’ concept, it’s not really a social place where you meet people. Food is good and everything is sourced from the farm but the price is not worth it in comparison how cheap and good the food is in the neighboring local restaurants. In a nutshell, skip this place and go to a place that is worth the money.
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After reading so many nice reviews I was extremely disappointed with our stay. The farm itself is a nice set up and they run free permaculture tours which is nice and the pizza night they host twice a week is delicious and was my favorite thing about this place. I understand this place is an eco farm but I felt a complete lack of privacy, the outdoor showers don't have doors just a sign to flip over to say if it's occupied or not and the female toilets didn't have a lock on the door either. We stayed in a private room yet it was so open that anyone walking past could see inside, the hammock room above us had more privacy then we did. We are also told that the security in the area is not great and to keep everything locked in the locker and to keep your bags locked/closed even when going to brush your teeth. The restaurant was the biggest disappointment, being vegetarian I was very excited about the menu when we first arrived yet each meal we had (besides the pizza night) was lacking strong flavors and spices. One night I had the pesto pasta and half way through my meal I found DEAD ANTS, when I showed the staff they just laughed and never offered to replace it or any compensation, instead I just lost my appetite and all excitement about eating in that restaurant again unfortunately unless you have your own wheels there is not much choice but to eat there...
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This place is truly special. Not just pretending to care for the environment, theyre taking it very serious! I loved it and would come back any time. Got stuck there for a week as many others as well! The owner gives free permaculture tours through the place every couple of days which i appreciated a lot. Thanks for this amazing time!!!
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The hostel and the spirit behind it is beautiful. Take the permaculture tour (free) to understand what the hostel is about and you'll understand why it's. The way it is and how it's helping to maintain the wonderful planet we live on
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This place is simply MAGIC as well as the entire island. We planned to stay two night, we ended up staying 5 but We would have loved to stay for at least a month! Sustainable accommodation 10 minutes walk from the main road. We stayed in a beautiful cabana in the middle of the forest. Pure bliss! Super tasty organic food served, helpful and friendly staff, interesting fellow travellers to hang with. Many activities (from yoga to pizza nights) organised. If you are looking for a fulfilling contact with nature, don't look any further! Highly recommended!!!!
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PRICE RANGE
$12 - $18 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
NicaraguaRivas DepartmentIsla de OmetepeSanta Cruz
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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