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“Beautiful and Peaceful location on Ometepe”

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Hotel Finca del Sol
Ranked #1 of 4 Santa Cruz B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

The reviews on Trip Advisor led us to book 3 nights at this placet and we are very happy we did. Sheri and Christiano have made a special place at Finca del Sol. From great comfortable unique eco accommodations to a great homemade breakfast our stay was very memorable. The grounds are beautiful and the service is excellent. We stayed in the "La Luna" cabin and very pleased. Relaxing on the hammock was so nice while being visited by Daisy and Bessy the two friendly goats. Dinner at El Encanto our first night was excellent. A visit earlier in the day to Little Morgan's for lunch and a cold Tona was great. On our second day Sheri/Christiano arranged for a guide for our volcano trek to Maderas. Efriam our guide was english speaking and excellent and made the pace comfortable. The hike took 8 and half hours return. The Maderas volcano hike is a very muddy and at times steep hike (and wet given you are in the clouds). The next day we elected to rent bicycles and wheeled our way to Merida then back to Madelegna and then to Ojo del Agua and return the bikes to Santa Cruz before 6:00 PM. No doubt a full day experiencing/blending with the Nicaraguan culture. Dinner at the Hostel Santa cruz was very good. Our host arranged for reliable taxi service back to Moyogalpa for the ferry back to the mainland and onward relaible taxi service (Pedro) to Granada. We would highly recommend a stay at the Finca del Sol....you will be pleasantly surprised.

Room Tip: While the Bamboo may have been the preferred choice the "La Luna" was very, very nice.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 December 2013 via mobile

When we got to the ferry terminal we were an hour early but the times we were given were wrong so we made it just onto the 11am ferry. You have to pay a 10nc tax on entry to the port and 45nc for the ferry which takes about an hour. It was quite cloudy over the lake and we had a little rain. When we got to Ometepe the weather was good! We stopped for a quick drink and found our taxi driver which I had pre booked. He took us to Finca del sol but on the way stopped at Ojo de Ogua so we could have a swim and some drinks.

Ojo de Ogua is a natural spring water swimming hole and it is amazing! Well worth a stop! You can relax in the pure clear water and also order fresh coconut milk or cocktails! You pay a small fee to enter and it is really worth it. There is also a restaurant there but we didn't get a chance to try it out as our taxi had another job on later that day.

Finca del sol - we arrived at finca del sol and were very impressed! There are 3 private cabins and we had chosen the bamboo lodge. They are set in beautiful grounds surrounded by wildlife with an amazing view of volcano conception. It's an Eco friendly place and the cabins are powered by solar energy, everything is recycled, the produce they use is grown here or locally and have compostable toilets. The cabins are off a really high standard, lovely comfortable beds, hammocks outside to chill out in. The breakfasts here are amazing too! They make all there own bread and the food we had was delicious. They also helped us organise the trips we wanted to do.

We were exhausted after after our afternoon drinking so had a long nap. Woke up when dark and went out to find somewhere to eat.

We found a place to have some drinks and eat called Hostel Santa Cruz. A nice wooden bar with fairy lights and large solid wooden tables. It also had wifi which was cool. We just chilled out here for the evening drinking beer. We tried out the food very reasonable and tasted good, easy dining.

Sunday 15th December

After an amazing breakfast, omelette with parmesan, basil and tomato. Toast from the homemade bread and a fruit salad we got ready for out hike.

We decided to do the 4 hour hike up Volcano Madaras to the lookout and the petroglyphs. It was a good cool day to do it on, but must admit I was quite worried about my fitness levels. Our guide was really nice and he met us at Finca del sol. He took us to the base of the cloud forest and showed us lots of wildlife, plants, birds, cappuccino monkeys, petroglyphs - carvings in volcanic rock from the last explosion. It started off quite level, as we passed through fields & forest's. You have to pay a 25 nc entry fee to the trail and we had booked our guide through Finca del sol which was $24. As we got into the forest it started getting steeper and more slippery. It was really exhausting and tough. It felt great once you reached the view point though. It took us an hour and a half. We sat up there for about half an hour recovering before we started the journey back down. It's quite slippery and dangerous trying to get back down at first but not as exhausting! Glad we did it as the feeling is great afterwards!

When we got back we decided to take a walk down to the beach for a dip. Didn't stay too long as it's not as appealing with black volcanic sand and lake water and then it started raining to we nipped into a local restaurant for some lunch.

Los CoCos Comedor very simple menu typical Nicaraguan cuisine, the guy didn't speak any English but was very helpful. I ordered Chicken ( that was as detailed as it got) Gerard ordered beef. The food was lovely, my chicken was nicer, grilled tasted fantastic served with rice plantine and salad. We also tried some of the homemade chocolate.

That evening we went for a few drinks at Little Morgans which is also a bar, we climbed the tree house to the top floor view point and had a drink. It was very busy in there lots of travellers and people who looked like they had been there for years. Got invited to eat a communal lasagne, but declined and also got invited to there full moon beach party the next day.

We left to find a restaurant called El Encanto which was a bit of a walk away off road in the pitch black. But it was in darkness when we got there so we went back to Hostel Santa Cruz instead.

Monday 16th December.

We decided to do the Kayak tour of the river Istiam. It was a fantastic trip, we got a taxi to Merida at Caballiot Mar, it's only 8km away but the road is awful and extremely bumpy. ($15 taxi each way) we kayaked to the lake which is a good strenuous hour around the side of Volcano Maderas. The views are fantastic of both Volcanos. When we got to the lake our guide took us around and we saw lots of birds a couple of turtles but unfortunality we did not see any alligators. The trip was great though and we were out for a good 3 hours. (Trip $25 each) when we got back to Caballiots del Mar our lunch was waiting and it was amazing! Fried fish freshly caught with rice, salad & plantine. Highly recommend and make sure you stay for lunch and order fish!

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

We are 2 couples who spent 3 amazing days at Finca del Sol in November. I just wished we had more time to just relax, enjoy the nature and do nothing...
The cabins are perfectly located, with great views. Sheryl and Cristiano are very friendly and helpful.
We highly recommend Finca del Sol!

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
Thank Denisa C
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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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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
1  Thank Sarah W
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

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
1  Thank Barbara M
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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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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
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Cruz
Price Range: £31 - £39 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Finca del Sol Guesthouse offers three beautiful bungalows set on the foothills of Volcano Madaras, near beach, hiking and restaurants in the village of Santa Cruz in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Tours, breakfast and massages available on-site. Volcano Madaras hikes start from our backyard! Food produced from our organic farm and locally sourced whenever possible:-) Spacious bungalows have everything you need to be comfortable including hot water and sunset views of the volcano. Bungalow feature orthopedic mattress, mosquito netting, private bathroom with hot water, fans, screened windows, DVD player and purified drinking water. A sustainable, Eco-friendly option with off grid power (no blackouts) and dry composting toilets. The property 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. ... more   less 
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Hotel Finca Del Sol Isla De Ometepe, Nicaragua - Santa Cruz

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