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#1 of 3 Speciality lodging in Jiquilillo
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Our idyllic backpacker get away combines low-impact, natural living with projects that actively benefit the village. Whether you are looking to escape, contemplate and create, or just unwind for a few days Rancho Esperanza lets you appreciate authentic Nicaraguan life at a beautiful beach setting while you are confident that your presence is doing good not harm. We offer eight bamboo cabanas, two dormitories, and camping. Surf rentals, community excursions, Spanish classes, kayak and boat tours, hiking trips to Volcano Cosiguina, and volunteer opportunities available.
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In front of the idyllic beach of Jiquilillo, Jiquilillo Nicaragua
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Anon wrote a review Aug 2019
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We spent 4 days at rancho esperanza and loved it. It is only a 2 hour bus from Leon (with one change) so easy to get to and well worth the journey! At the moment, the ranch isn’t fully up and running after the troubles in Nicaragua In the last year but we had a wonderful stay. Imara and Nate coordinated to provide us with an outstanding meal plan with huge delicious meals for breakfast and dinner. We also rented surfboards and took a surf lesson, as well as learning to climb the coconut trees. The setting of rancho esperanza is unbelievably beautiful - you are a 30 second walk from empty gorgeous beaches with beautiful clear warm water. We stayed in a private cabaña and loved falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the waves. We had a really wonderful stay and can highly recommend other travellers to check it out.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
JanaBrunoo wrote a review Jul 2019
Ostfildern, Germany3 contributions
Rancho Esperanza was a hidden paradise for us. That's what we realized after the first hours. Due to the crisis the Rancho is only recovering at the moment. Life is simple and you will barely meet other tourists.But that's what we liked. We felt like seeing the real Nicaragua. The staff is very, very friendly and caring. The food was delicious! :)) We stayed 5 nights, had breakfast, lunch and dinner over there and never got the same to eat. Besides Rancho Esperanza totally connected us with nature. I never surfed with pelicans before! :-D We saw iguanas, rabbits, bats, woodpeckers,... the endless beach and wonderful sunsets directly at the beach in front of the ranch. Furthermore Jiquilillo is the perfect surfspot for beginners and advanced surfers. There are no rocks and we will never forget our beautiful evening surfsessions. Thanks to Imara and her team! :)
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Preston Wilson wrote a review Jun 2019
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Our room was shared above, in the balcony of the main building. People were quiet, and close acquaintances shared many a casual conversation--the older and younger folks hanging out together between beach sessions and meal times. I was impressed later; but, when I arrived on a recommendation from a friend, I was unaware of the good work by Puentes de Esperanza. But, after a solid dinner and a beer, the cool ocean breeze came in in waves that made everyone more comfortable and serene. Truly, it's a beautiful memory for me that I hold onto in traffic. There's a simple way to exist as a guest at Rancho Esperanza; I recommend for as many days as you can. Mattresses were comfortable, and mosquito nets were provided.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dmac wrote a review Apr 2019
Boulder, Colorado36 contributions
My husband and I were on a cruise and had one port day in Corinto. Nate arranged a driver to take us from the port to Rancho Esperanza where we spent a few hours on the beach and also had a fresh fish lunch prepared for us by the staff. Nate also arranged a massage for me. The driver waited and returned us to port. The drive was about 90 minutes each way. All went well. The arrangements were made with Nate via email, who was more than responsive to all of my questions and requests.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
cquezer wrote a review Mar 2019
Chinandega, Nicaragua21 contributions4 helpful votes
I stayed here in September of 2016 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua. I think I waited so long to leave a review so it would be more objective rather than so emotionally charged after what I experienced at this place. A group of us held a retreat here, and hiked Cosigüina Volcano. Rancho Esperanza was budget friendly and close to the volcano. Everything began fine. Our group arrived during the afternoon and night of Friday, September 2nd. We did some icebreakers together, ate dinner that the ranch served us. Fast forward to bedtime--at Rancho Esperanza, the shacks guests stay in (or at least the one me and three others stayed in) have two doors. In our shack, one door wasn't functional, one was. The latter had a padlock inside and a padlock outside the door. In hindsight, I suppose that guests are expected to lock the outer padlock if they step out during the night to use the bathroom or something. In the moment, it wasn't very intuitive to lock the outer padlock with other guests still inside. That night, I stepped out to use the bathroom on two occasions. Both times, I saw the watchman that Rancho Esperanza had for hire making his rounds on the premises. I felt relatively safe. However, I woke up the next morning to find that my backpack was not in the shack. Two other volunteers couldn't find their belongings either. That's when we realized our things had definitely been stolen. When we reported this to the watchman...surprise, surprise...he found our belongings rather quickly, as if he knew. They were conveniently placed on the side of the shack with everything of value removed. A long-term English volunteer named Meg was at the rancho at the time, and was standoffish to us and many others in the group before, during, and after the robbery, insensitive to the fact that our wallets, money, cellphone, and a DSLR camera with lenses had been taken from us. She may not have been an official employee of the ranch, but as a 6-month resident, I find it hard to believe some ground rules were not laid down to her about professionalism and how to represent the image of Rancho Esperanza. Her demeanor also shaped our experience negatively. Overall, we personally had a terrible experience at Rancho Esperanza. Materialistic things are rather easy to get over when they're lost. However, it was jarring to consider that someone came into our shack at night while we were sleeping and took our things. Luckily, that was all the thief had in mind to do, because anything could've happened to us that night. Moreover, this was an egregious breach of the level of security you expect from a place providing accommodations. The watchman fell short of his job as well. The watchman also had made several women in our cohort feel uncomfortable after catcalling them. When he was reprimanded by Lisa, the acting manager in Nathan's (the actual owner) absence, he actually said he was going to continue catcalling as he saw fit!! After detailing our experience to the owner, Nathan, we learned that he didn't seem to care much at all. In fact, he just provided excuses and there was absolutely no sense of accountability or responsibility taken on his end. We expected more from "Jiquilillo's hostel with a conscience". Nathan did nothing to rectify the situation for us, and I wonder if he even took any measures to ensure something like this wouldn't happen to future guests (like, for example, developing a better lock system for the shacks. The bottom line is that if a place where you sleep can't provide even the most basic level of safety and security, it's not worth the price, no matter how cheap. The owner admitted that the rancho was on a "shoe-string" budget, but the safety of guests should NEVER be sacrificed for anything else. I've been living in Nicaragua for over three years now, I've stayed at many places throughout the country. This was by far the worst experience I could have ever imagined having at a place. Peace Corps Nicaragua thought so, too, and they blacklisted this place due to safety concerns arising from our situation. Good riddance.
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Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Travelled on business
NicaraguaChinandega DepartmentJiquilillo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rancho Esperanza
What are some of the property amenities at Rancho Esperanza?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at Rancho Esperanza?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Rancho Esperanza?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Rancho Esperanza located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the centre of Jiquilillo.
Are any cleaning services offered at Rancho Esperanza?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Rancho Esperanza?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.