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Hacienda Somoto
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Hacienda Somoto
Ranked #3 of 7 Somoto B&B and Inns
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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“The REAL Nicaragua”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

If you are prepared to rough it for a few nights, I would highly recommend staying with this family if you plan to visit Somoto. Though the bedrooms, shower block and outside toilet leave a lot to be desired, the wonderful family more than makes up for the poor living conditions. A typical Nicaraguan family; mum and dad, six sons, three daughters, aged between 23-37, all living under one roof bar two who have left home to live in Somoto town centre 13km away. Our children, aged 8 and 10, were given so much attention and the whole family loved sitting and chatting to us all, even with our limited Spanish. All the animals, including two of the most adorable puppies ever seen, kept my children entertained for hours. We stayed for two nights and on the day in the middle two of the sons took us on an amazing trip into the canyon which is only a few km from their front door. It was one of the best things we have done in Central America. We walked, swam, body-surfed down rapids and jumped off high rocks into the deep canyon below. The boys made it so much fun with their light-hearted manner and even though it was a tough five hours, their professionalism didn't falter for a second. I would highly recommend staying with this wonderful family if you are travelling in Nicaragua. A unique opportunity to meet the real people in this beautiful and friendly country.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Prescott, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

My partner and myself came to Somoto not expecting much. We'd heard of the canyon by the same name and we were heading in this direction anyways (on the way to El Salvador) so we planned on checking it out. We asked the front desk at Hotel Colonial about a guide for the canyon and they introduced us to "Johnny", who ended up being our guide for the canyon and who also introduced us to his family at Hacienda Somoto. We were originally planning on just passing through Somoto after a day and a night, but after taking the tour, meeting the family, and eating a meal, we ended up staying for another 4 days.

I can't say enough about this total experience~

The extra experience you get by taking the guide is absolutely worth every cent. Normally we like to save our $$$ and find our own way but in this case, you get a chance at seeing the best of the canyon with the guys who grew up there.

The Rivas family were great to be around! Very sincere, very honest, friendly, and accommodating. If you want to learn spanish, even better! They are happy to teach and even better than that, they're articulate, speak super clearly, and as slow as you need to understand.
The food here is definitely worth mentioning. Great cooks! If you ask nicely, they'll teach you how to make tortillas.

This was an over all Nicaraguan cultural experience that tops my Nicaragua favorites list and is in the top five for all Central America.

*muchas gracias de la familia Rivas, para lo todo!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona
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55 reviews
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Trip Advisor indicated that this place wasn't available for the nights we wanted to stay (don't know how this works but it wasn't accurate) but we got to experience a little of it anyway. Our 'hotel' in town booked tours of the canyon and ultimately it was with Maudiel from Hacienda Somoto. And we were joined by a great young gal from Canada that was staying here. Our 5 hour trip through the canyon lasted at least 6+ because we were having so much fun. And when we got back to the hacienda, there was a fine hot meal prepared. So I can attest to a great place to get a guide to the canyon (and you really do need one to see the best of it) and for a place for great food.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Antigua, Guatemala
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23 reviews
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

The most fun and beautiful thing I saw in the whole country! Loved it. Brilliant guide who will show you everything you want to see including where the best (and safe) jumps are. Delicious food. Nowhere near a town (unfortunately right next to a major road though). Clean rooms. You won't sleep in (donkeys and many other farm animals here) but you will have REAL interactions with a real, big family. AND it's incredibly cheap!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

I've been travelling to Somoto Canyon for 3 years and now I can stay with the family of the best guides right next to their house just off the Panamericana Highway with direct access to this highlight of any Nicaraguan adventure. Just navigating the smallholding that surrounds the house, with its irascible turkeys, guinea fowl, hens, ducks and geese, rabbits and donkeys is fun in itself. Not to mention the animated family with so many brothers and three garrulous sisters. You are made to feel at home and share their jokes while they ply you with good value solid campesino meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And if you're lucky you'll catch them partying with a ranchero band in attendance. These are the friends you want to meet while travelling. The dorm and family rooms are spartan but more than adequate. Enjoy the experience soon as it will be booked out all too quickly I believe.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Arbon, Switzerland
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Close to the entrance of the impressive Somot Canyon is the small family runned "Hacienda Somoto". The hostel offers a small dorm as well as a matrimonial room. The small restaurant which is also the house of the family serves traditional Nica food to a really good price.

Maudiel one of the familiy members offers together with his brothers different tours trough the Somoto Canyon. They grew up in this Canyon and know it by heart.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Hacienda Somoto
Address: Carretera Panamericana kilometro 229.5, Somoto, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Madriz Department > Somoto
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Somoto
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer you a spectacular adventure touring the Somoto Canyon, we have expert guides with many years of experience certified by Intur, to make your adventure unforgettable. Make the trip from three to six hours, if you prefer adrenaline you can enjoy rappelling, camping and watch the sunrise near the caves, you can also take advantage of the horseback riding through the canyon through the viewpoints. It also offers shared room service with shared bathroom, or if you prefer to stay in our rooms with private private bathroom. ... more   less 

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