I only spent the single night at El Zopilote and I can honestly see the appeal as the place has a nice atmosphere with friendly staff and a community feel. I had a delicious carbonara pasta dish made with their fresh ingredients, plus some of their tasty cookies and another special dessert they had that day. It attracts some chilled out travelers and its good to see the food and the salsa classes bring everyone together in the evening (I gather the pizza night does the same).
I spent the night in the dorm room ahead of hiking Volcan Maderas in the morning, for which I would recommend a good nights sleep, one that I didn't get sadly. Admittedly, I was expecting to be hot as I figured an eco lodge would not have fans but bare in mind that the dorm is open and there are no mosquito nets meaning all night (in the jungle) you have things buzzing around your ears and biting you constantly. I had to sleep with the sheet over my head to stop this, which meant I was dripping with sweat the entire night. It really is a beautiful place but just be prepared.
As for Maderas, a little advice...in the wet season at least, the hike is treacherous (on the way down for sure), it is incredibly slippery so be very careful and take lots of water as it gets very hot, even with the tree cover. I am surprised more people do not hurt themselves.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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). ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and Priceline so you can book your El Zopilote reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- El Zopilote Isla De Ometepe, Nicaragua - Santa Cruz