The primary reason I wanted to take our children (ages 10 & 13) on their first international trip was to show them that other worlds exist. I can think of no greater paradise than the one we discovered at Finca Neblina del Bosque.
The secondary reason I wanted to take my kids overseas was to share with them to power of knowing a bit of the native language at hand. Though I am not a native Spanish speaker, I did pay attention in Spanish classes and practiced every chance I got. I spent 6 total months in 4 Spanish speaking countries between ages 17-19. That experience solidified enough Spanish to be able to speak and understand conversational Spanish at about 90%+ . Speaking Spanish and learning to be open to the local customs and norms, set you up for amazing advantages in sharing in local community.
During our 20 day trip in Nicaragua, we left some fluid spaces for times not carved in stone. By having this flexibility, fate lead us to this spot in the cool mountains.
Completely off the grid and existing in its own little dream world is the most delightful bubble of what heaven must be like.
The hotel Dream Builders, Isabel and Roberto, shared with us their lives and their vision that is Finca Neblina del Bosque. It's hard to believe they have accomplished so much in just 6 years.
We were expected, like family expects your arrived for a holiday weekend. Isabel greeted us enthusiastically for our 2 night/3 day stay. We were treated warmly by everyone we encountered, from the attentive staff and to the helpful and kind locals that trickled by.
Every meal was a marvel. Eduardo gets up each morning to fetch fresh milk from a cow he combs the mountain pastures to find in the pre-dawn mountain mist. I wonder how many hotel visitors think about that as they pour in into their coffee each morning? Or look over their should to see the coffee plants that probably produced what was in that morning's dark brew?
Banana crepes with dark chocolate drizzel... Pork stews... Roasted chickens... cold beers... Fresh squeezed lemonades... Plaintains prefectly pan fried...
The views were breath taking. The oxen plowed feilds and dark fertile soil was teaming with life. Animals were everywhere. Being in this places is like walking in a live version of a "The Farmer Says" See n'Say toy. "And the Turkey says... Gooble-Gooble."
Isabel has touched this place through her love and her art. She's painted the bus stop, and the hotel signs, and other signs along her stretch of influence in those woods.. Bright colors, wildlife, plants... she's painted happiness wherever her brushes touched.
Eduardo was inquisitive about how we might like to spend our time. We took him up on an offer to arrange a horseback ride. At the time we discussed, their were 4 horses and a guide ready to take us on an adventure. All of the horses were gentle and kind. We clopped along the rocky mountain road surrounded by nature and purity.
Our Spanish-Only speaking guide was open to my questions about local life. When I asked him what the local life expectancy was, he replied 100 to 105. His grandmother had passed at 108. I guess there's something to be said for a life lived with fresh air, fresh water, organic foods, and plenty of exercise gained from living on the land.
I was shocked at all that Isabel and Eduardo were able to accomplish using solar power. There was plenty of electricity to run all the lights, the freezer in the kitchen, power to charge electronics devices, power to run the TV and DVD player,... enough for all the demands placed on it during our stay.
The artistically designed outdoor showers were divine. The solar heated water got hot enough that I had to mix in some cold water to bring the temperature down. Eduardo shared with me a visit to one of the other cabins to see a new leaf-shaped water basin. Installed that morning, it's recycled glass pieces were still wet in their setting. The sink water cascaded into a waterfall over the well laid art.
Everything about this space is well thought out execution of a dream. I can't say enough wonderful things about this place.
In this spot deep in the Miraflor, I was able to share with my kids and my Soul Sister an experience that strips away much of the American influence. We all came comfortably close to what life might be like to live in a dream.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mira Flor invites you for a breathtaking experience. Located in the brilliant cloudforest of Estelli. Here at Finca Neblina Del Bosque, we are environmentally friendly and fully sustainable. On our farm, we are 100% solar energy and a wood burning and BioGas kitchen. We harvest our own organic food and have crystal clear water pulled from our bicycle driven well. In addition to your private cabina with a large bed and a warm down comforter is hot showers! Also included in a day is three delicous vegetarian meals with organic refreshments and homegrown coffee. ... more less
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