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Finca del Sol Ecuo Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Santa Cruz B&B and Inns
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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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“Off the grid, but high quality”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Finca del Sol is an eco-farm, with electricity from solar panels, fruit grown on site, and composting toilets which, contrary to our fear, emit no smell. Sheri and Cristiano work hard to assure their guests a comfortable stay. Breakfast includes fresh-baked bread. A number of places where you can get a good dinner are a short walk down the road. The location is excellent: quiet and with a spectacular view, yet central to Ometepe Island attractions. The owners will call to arrange volcano climbing, kayaking, or touring around the island. Arrange with them beforehand to send a taxi to meet your ferry.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 November 2013 via mobile

Sheri and Cristiano have a stunning spot on Ometepe. We stayed in Sol which was fine and closest to the street (handy if it's muddy).

The cabinas are kitted out with all you need and cleaned superbly daily. We didn't get hot water (available until 4 I think) but we really didn't miss it as it was pretty hot and sticky when we were there.

Breakfasts were amazing and Sheri organised a great guide to take us up Maderas (a bit of a killer!). There are also eating options within walking distance.

Would absolutely recommend.





Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Peachland, Canada
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Reviewed 22 November 2013 via mobile

We had a great time at finca del sol. Beautiful surroundings,wonderful hosts and incredible breakfasts. They had lots of information and suggestions for planning our days. Thanks Sheri and Christiano.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

My partner and I stayed two nights at Finca del Sol while visiting Ometepe in August. Sheri helped us arrange for transportation to and from the ferry, and our driver met us even though we missed the ferry we intended to be on! Sheri was waiting for us that night to welcome us. The breakfasts were really delicious and served in an idyllic outdoor setting. Sheri arranged a tour of Maderas which was magical, directed us to delicious restaurants, and otherwise made us feel very welcome. Sheri and Christiano took excellent care of us through and through. The cabins were cozy, private, and beautiful. We awoke to gorgeous views of the volcanoes in very comfy beds. Both of us treasure our memories of Ometepe and Finca del Sol. I can't recommend it enough!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

My husband and I stayed at Finca del Sol for 4 nights in October. Sheri and Christiano are wonderful hosts and extremely helpful. Highly recommend choosing the breakfast option, they were delicious and different every morning. Their property is huge, the cabins are very private and beautifully presented with a lot of handmade touches. Really recommend this place if you want a unique experience of Ometepe Island. But just a disclaimer...for those people who are scared of creepy crawlies, it may take a night to get used to all the insects on the farm!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Williston, North Dakota
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

Ometepe and Finca del Sol are amazing. Sheri and Christiano have built a quiet piece of heaven and are the greatest hosts. From the eco-friendly cabins, to the amazing views and great location, this is was a wonderful experience. The fireflies and storms that lit up the night made it perfect!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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London
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Reviewed 1 November 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed at Finca Sol at the beginning of October and had a great time! The owners where away at the time but we where expertly looked after by their friends Luisa and Carlos who catered for our every need. Staying in the exceptional Bamboo Hut we woke up to incredible views of the volcano each morning. We would gladly stay here again and have recommended it to friends who will be visiting at the end of November. Many thanks!

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Finca del Sol Ecuo Lodge

Property: Finca del Sol Ecuo Lodge
Address: | 350 m. East of the Crossroads in Santa cruz, Santa Cruz, Isla de Ometepe Rivas, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Isla de Ometepe > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Finca del Sol is a lodge on the foothills of Volcano Madaras, near beach, hiking and restaurants. We are Eco-friendly with off grid power (no blackouts) and dry composting toilets. Bungalow with orthepedic mattress, mosquito netting, private bathroom with hot water, fans, screened, DVD player and purified drinking water with incredible sunset views of volcano & lake. Located in the tropically forested UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (wildlife) we offer a comfortable and private lodging experience. Our property is 13 Acres, and has approximately 20% of 3rd generation forest growth, with a maximum of 10 guests on the grounds at one time - reducing our environmental footprint on Mother Earth. Located in the UNESCUO Biosphere Reserva you have an opportunity to view howler monkey, parrots and a variety of other interesting critters, flora and fauna! We welcome you to our refuge created in harmony within nature. An excellent location for those interested in exploring nature & the beauty that surrounds us, from the volcano to the river, to the beach, the possibilities are endless. We are located just after the split in Santa Cruz! This is a growing tourist hub for the island and offers many restaurants, motorbike rentals and is close proximity from the beach and kite-boarding school. If you choose to hike - Maderas Volcano begins from our back yard. Finca del Sol is also located in the tropical dry forest and a perfect place from which to explore the Maderas side of the island - where you can find kyack trips up the river Istain, ride a horse or explore forests/jungle, fauna and flora. The cabins are Eco friendly with comfortable with double or queen beds, mosquito netting and private bathroom with hot water. Each cabin has its own private porch and garden setting with comfortable chairs and hammocks boasting fantastic views of Volcano Conception and Lake Cocibolca! Our bungalows are equipped with 21' screen with a DVD player and selection of films in English, fan, security box, daily maid service, purified drinking water, clean and hygienic composting toilet system and solar powered.Included in the rate is access to WIFI, complimentary beach towels,and concierge services. We organize tours up both volcanoes, horseback riding and massages for our guests, as well as put them in contact with other local activities. Our organic breakfast is optional, boasting things like an Mediterranean omelet, homemade bread and fresh tropical fruit salad. Your hosts speak English, Spanish and Italian. If you are looking for something a little different than the usual hotel experience, opt for the adventure, break the mold and dive into all that Ometepe Island and Finca del Sol has for you! See you on Ometepe!! ... more   less 
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Finca Del Sol Ecuo Lodge Isla De Ometepe, Nicaragua - Santa Cruz

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