Sleep with a view on Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua: Totoco Eco-Lodge
An island given shape by two massive volcanos and positioned in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. Isla de Ometepe is, without a doubt, one of the highlights when visiting Nicaragua. The two incredible forces of nature are reason enough to fall in love with this uniquely composed island. But, the diverse range of activities, incredible sunsets and friendly inhabitants don’t do any harm either. When discovering an island this extraordinary you’ll need an accommodation to match the experience. Here is the best accommodation tip for Ometepe Island we can give you!
The best accommodation on Ometepe island
Waking up in the morning in a wooden cabin, surrounded by howler monkeys and tropical flowers. When the first thing you lay your eyes on is an active volcano, situated on the opposite of the island and therefore on the opposite of your bed end. Sounds like a dream right? Well, the wooden cabins of Totoco Edo-lodge, located high-up on the slopes of the Maderas Vulcano, make the above an uncommon reality.
All cabins at the property feature a double bed, an outdoor bathroom (that enhances the remote tropical spheres you’re in), hammock and plenty of closet space. But, surely the most important feature of the lodges is the complimentary view. Keep in mind that the ecological property is located remotely, which gives it its charm, but be ready to meet insect species you’ve never met before.
As the name indicates at Totoco Eco-Lodge, the owners are very active in eco-tourism. The whole property for example runs for 100% on solar energy and they’ve started a foundation to support the local community as much as possible. One of the ecological efforts you’ll encounter during your stay is the compost toilet. Which, we’ll be honest, takes some getting used to. But, keep the environment in mind and you’ll be just fine.
How to get to Totoco Eco-Lodge
Totoco Eco-lodge is located in Balgue, on the slopes of the Maderas Vulcono and a 45-minute drive from the Moyogalpa ferry dock. The last 1.5km of the route towards the accommodation is only partially paved and very, very steep. Therefore the best option to get there is by 4WD taxi, which bumps the price up with another $40. However, we’ve seen a few people trying to get up there with scooters or on foot; not fun is an understatement. If you give the reception a call prior to arrival, they are happy to help arrange transport from the ferry dock.
Price of a night at Totoco
Nicaragua is very budget friendly, however accommodations like these always tend to come at a slightly higher price tag. For our 1-night stay we paid a total of $157,42 (€134,58), which included a breakfast buffet. Because the location is remote, it is somewhat difficult to have lunch and/or dinner elsewhere. Which is why they offer meals throughout the day at set prices, $12 for lunch and $18 for a three-course dinner.
Prefer a budget accommodation?
Looking for a cheaper alternative? Casa Mauro is located just a few minutes from the ferry arrival point and run by a wonderful family under the motto “mi casa, es su casa’. It’s basic but the hospitality makes more than up for it. The rooms are clean and the location is perfect. They’ll also happily help you out with arranging a bike to discover the rest of the island. We paid a total of $50 (€42,72) for a 2-night stay. Breakfast is not included but offered at a rate of $4.
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*All prices as of 31 May 2018 in US Dollars and Euro, converted on xe.com