Finca Magdalena

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Ometepe, Nicaragua

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Finca Magdalena Ometepe Reviews

Suzie_27 Suzie_27
1 reviews
Nov 19, 2012
Good value, amazing views, the only thing letting it down is the painfully slow restaurant which you need to allow 1 hour to receive any order
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andrejav andrejav
662 reviews
As real as they come Jun 17, 2011
Yes, they are working on the road, and they are very fast, but it will take at least few more years to get to the Finca Magdalena.

Old farm nested one kilometer uphill from the Balgue, small village on the coast of Ometepe’s smaller volcano. It is not that easy to get there, and your options are fairly limited to bus-walk, rent a motorcycle or taxi. I have seen some smaller vans labeled TOURISMO, but I am not sure how to reserve/use them. Anyway, you will have to pass Santa Cruz, turn left, and when you get to Balgue follow signs or simply ask. Taking taxi from the port is around $20, Collectivo bus is around $3.

Best things about that place are coffee, views of the lake and other volcano, tranquility, but not necessarily in that order. Finca Magdalena is an old wooden farm that is still used by collective of local farmers which are growing coffee in the area around the house, and drying it on the platforms behind the building. Main building is made to be hostel and there are lots of beds on two floors. Rooms are very basic, clean, a bit cramped, in very rustic environment. Bathrooms and showers are located on the first floor and there is lots of them, all clean with toilet paper provided.

Huge front porch is a perfect place to chill, and adjusted house serves as a restaurant with cheap, good staple food and excellent coffee.

Definitely cheapest place on the island with dorms running around $4, but it is not to stay one or two days, because transportation is real hassle. There is possibility to work on the farm if you are interested in that, or you can also work on some agricultural projects taking place around the finca. Work on farm is usually needed during coffee season, and you can be taught about process of growing coffee to making a drink.

Things to see (aside of great views of the lake and volcano) include lots of petroglyphs, monkeys, butterflies… and of course climbing the volcano. Finca is right next to the guide office, and you will be asked if you need a guide to do anything. Petroglyphs are located on the East side of the house, and there is clear path that takes you to many areas where drawings are. No need for any kind of guide, but if you find one that entertains you and tells you some interesting facts, it could be worth paying for that service. Climbing the volcano is not easy task, but I have seen really old people do it. It is steep and muddy in some areas, and climb is good 3.5-4 hours. Guides are not necessary for most people, but older, and people that need help because they are out of the shape should have someone to take care of them. Path is easy to follow, well marked, and you are not really in danger of getting lost. You go up, you go down, mistakenly you can take other path that takes you 1-2km away from your destination... but that is all. Lots of monkeys and birds to see and the views are simply breathtaking.

Warmly recommended as a real place to enjoy island, its nature, people and history.
Going up the volcano
One of the rooms in the restaurant
Birds in the garden
In the front of Hostel
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