Remote Paradise: A Unique stay on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

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!

Totoco Eco-Lodge

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.

Responsible Tourism

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.

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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.

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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

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HOTEL TIP – Granada, Nicaragua

Selina Granada

Right within the centre of the color washed streets of Granada, you”ll find the large  and playful Selina. A hostel, part of an innovative hotel chain, that offers “hotels for millennials” and plays in to all the needs and wants their diversified audience might have. From the organization of parties on the weekends to rental of neat work areas during the day and arranging adventurous must see day trips.


Selina Granada is generally operated by young staff members, some more experienced than others, but overall very friendly. Location wise, it is not going to get much better than this colorful hostel. Located just steps away from the evenly bright Granada Cathedral, lively Parque Central and the bar- and restaurant street. Once finished exploring the beauty of Granada’s colonial architecture, the hostel is also a perfect jumping off point for other adventures. At the reception, they offer a variety of day trips that are  easily arranged and well executed.


For our stay, we chose the private room with shared bathroom. But, with 7m2 the room was very similar to that of Harry Potter. With no room to unpack even slightly, we decided to request an upgrade, which would bump up the room size with 200%. However, this proved to be rather difficult and unnecessarily expensive. Hence, we decided to pass, accept our rookie mistake and enjoy the rest of our stay in our closet-esque room.


That aside, this place is definitely recommended. Just make sure to double check your room size before booking, as it does like a little larger in the images, and you’re good to go. Breakfast at the hostel is fine but rather basic. With a lot of cool places around like these, we would recommend to start your day elsewhere.

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Want to kick off (or end)  your trip in Nicaragua in a relaxed atmosphere and as centrally located as you could possibly be? Check out the the current prices for a stay at Selina Granada on your desired date and time here.

For a two night stay in the standard room, with a shared bathroom, we paid a total of $45 (€36.5). Breakfast is not included and can be added for $4.50 (€3.60) p.n.p.p.

*All prices as of 10 March’18, converted on