Ecotourism

Sustainable Living and Travel in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is emerging as a global eco-travel destination. The country boasts of a number of eco-tours and perfect hidden places to discover. Nicaragua has three eco-regions, the Pacific, Central and Atlantic which contain volcanoes, tropical rain forests and agricultural lands. It is home to 78 protected areas covering over 20% of it landmass, and is home to 7% of the world’s biodiversity.

Create your own eco-travel itinerary and start by staying at an environmentally conscious abode. There are several accommodation options in the San Juan del Sur area that strike a beautiful balance between comfort and low impact living.

Finca Esperanza Verde (Green Hope Farm)

Nestled within the lush green mountains, the Farm was founded in 1998 by a non-profit organization based in North Carolina. Its profits are shared to the nearby town of San Ramón, funding community projects such as a school for local children and reforestation and fresh water schemes. Some of the tour highlights include a guided hike through the nature reserve, a visit to a butterfly farm and even participate in harvesting shade-grown Arabica coffee. The accommodations are built of handmade brick and local materials, power is sourced through solar and hydro schemes. There are no televisions but there are delicious healthy meals along with your own environmentally friendly napkin for the length of your stay.

Casa Llanta Earthship

Casa Llanta has two main visions: educate and demonstrate. It is a logical approach to building in rapidly developing nations such as Nicaragua. The project employs and educates local community members in the skills of sustainable building. Readily available byproducts are utilized, such as tires and plastic bottles, in conjunction with other local materials. The aim is to empower local community members and create skills that will foster a healthy independence from economical fluctuations that might affect the basic needs of its members.

Casa Llanta Earthship

Casa Llanta has two main visions: educate and demonstrate. It is a logical approach to building in rapidly developing nations such as Nicaragua. The project employs and educates local community members in the skills of sustainable building. Readily available byproducts are utilized, such as tires and plastic bottles, in conjunction with other local materials. The aim is to empower local community members and create skills that will foster a healthy independence from economical fluctuations that might affect the basic needs of its members.

Parque Maderas San Juan del Sur

Center for Art, Ecology, Natural Medicine and Sustainable Living. A retreat center that provides opportunities for people of all backgrounds and cultures to explore the relationships between fine arts, regenerative living, ecology, and natural medicine in a setting inspiring creativity and discovery.

Rio Indio Lodge

Follow the path Mark Twain took for the ultimate jungle adventure along the watery frontier towards the borders of Costa Rica where the river meets the Caribbean Sea. The Indío-Maiz reserve is a wild and wonderful network of rivers flanked by mile upon mile of virgin rain forest. The lodge, from where it is easily reached, donates petrol to the Nicaraguan Ministry of Natural Resources to help them fight illegal poaching in the area, and works with them to control gill net fishing.

Rio Indio Lodge

Follow the path Mark Twain took for the ultimate jungle adventure along the watery frontier towards the borders of Costa Rica where the river meets the Caribbean Sea. The Indío-Maiz reserve is a wild and wonderful network of rivers flanked by mile upon mile of virgin rain forest. The lodge, from where it is easily reached, donates petrol to the Nicaraguan Ministry of Natural Resources to help them fight illegal poaching in the area, and works with them to control gill net fishing.

Morgan’s Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge

Amidst the rising condo-communities in San Juan del Sur is a little taste of the old Nicaragua. Morgan’s Rock features beautiful cabins built form a variety of sustainable wood materials. There are fifteen solar-powered cabins created to blend into their surroundings, Instead of air conditioning, the walls are open to allow the Pacific breeze to filter through. The lodge offers various eco-activities; hiking, bike rides, kayaking, boogie boarding or surfing. The resort is committed to tree-farming, reforestation and conservation which guests can participate in anytime.

Stones and Waves Vet Clinic

Stones and Waves is a partner of World Vets Organization that provides a Wildlife Rescue and Rehab Program for monkeys, birds and other small animals that have been injured. The center alos offers a free spay-neuter clinic in San Juan del Sur with the goal of helping control the local animal population and maintain a healthy eco-system within Nicaragua.

Stones and Waves Vet Clinic

Stones and Waves is a partner of World Vets Organization that provides a Wildlife Rescue and Rehab Program for monkeys, birds and other small animals that have been injured. The center alos offers a free spay-neuter clinic in San Juan del Sur with the goal of helping control the local animal population and maintain a healthy eco-system within Nicaragua.