I borrowed the title from Mombacho Lodge's creator, Cynthia. She likes to call her dog, Alli, "the pearl of Nicaragua"(because she's so beautiful), but I think the "diamond in the rough" she has built in the cloud forest, a few kilometres below Volcano Mombacho, also deserves to be described as such. My husband and I, along with two very dear friends, spent a night at Mombacho Lodge during our stay in Granada. After a quick check-in at the lodge, and settling into our very clean, comfortable cabins, it was time for a 40 minute hike up the mountain where we had a 1.5hr. guided tour of the very impressive Las Flores Coffee Plantation. We wouldn't have learned nearly as much without the english-speaking guide. Then, we were taken by truck up to the volcano, where our tour guide took us on a one hour hike. One could spend many more hours hiking that area if so inclined. On our return to the lodge, we enjoyed getting to know our hostess a little more as we sat around the well stocked bar in the open air restaurant. Both the dinner and full breakfast the following morning were delicious. The boys saw some amazing sights during the "flashlight tour" of the surrounding flora that night, led by one of Cynthia's workers. The howler monkeys really convinced us that we were, indeed, sleeping in the jungle that night. Cynthia generously took us on a great little hike the following day, where we saw amazing trees, birds, coffee plants, and a panoramic view of Granada. Hopefully, we'll be back this way some day for another visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four modern cabins with private baths and hot showers steps away from an open air restaurant all beneath huge topical forest trees on the Volcano Mombacho. There is good internet reception available with the use of a USB antenna. Airport or transportation to Mombacho Lodge from Managua, Granada or San Juan del Sur can be arranged. ... more less
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