Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ziplining and Hiking Mombacho

Today was fantastic. It was the perfect day to do the Mombacho tour. We hopped into an air conditioned safari jeep (zebra print on the side) and were on our way. I got the pleasure of going with a couple who was actually on their honeymoon. They were so much fun. (HAPPY HONEYMOON) We started out zip lining. This was premium. I say that because it was one line to the next, across the hanging bridge, and to the next. It was so much fun! I zip lined like ‘Super Girl!’ and upside down! It really was a great experience. The guides were great sports and in good spirits the whole time.


Then we went hiking. We drove to the national park, and then up some very, very steep hills. It was really crazy but super interesting. Once we got to the mid-point, there was a little coffee place that we decided to stop at after the hiking. At the top it was beautiful. A little cooler and it felt good! The trail was so nice. It was easy to get around and our guide was very knowledgeable. He has been working with this same company since he was 13 I believe. So he knew a lot of information and had the eye to point out some cool animals to us as well. It was a really relaxing tour. You could smell the sulfur from the volcano which was interesting, and hear the thunder (not that it rained) but it was so cool because it gave the hike more depth. The craters that we got to see were not what you would imagine for the normal volcano. They were lush with green trees! Seriously, it was beautiful I can’t even tell you for it is something you truly need to experience.


After the hike, we had lunch that was prepared for us by the hotel, and then came back. Overall it was a wonderful day for what we did. Warm, but a little overcast to keep it a little cooler. I would definitely go again.
Located on a private island on Lake Nicaragua near Granada, Jicaro Lodge is a boutique hotel offering a variety of tours and activities.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Arriving at Jicaro: An Island Oasis on Lake Nicaragua

Jicaro's management company, Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, has an intern helping out for a few weeks in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  Here is her story of arriving at our island paradise...

The plane ride from Costa Rica was… an experience to say the least. One experience everyone should get the opportunity to try. Driving from the airport to the ferry stop, as I like to call it, in Granada, you can see all walks of life. You start in the country area of Nicaragua, animals are everywhere. Then you get to Granada, a relatively short ride, and the bright colored house fronts will remind you of the tropics. Throughout the city are 3 different churches (one being a cathedral). 

Getting on the boat, I am looking around at volcanos, jungle, and lake. If I know anything, it’s a good lake when I see it (being from North Dakota/Minnesota area). This lake is gorgeous. I have never seen anything like it. Birds fly past you; you fly past others’ homes. Each home is different. Some have grass tops, some look like those I’ve seen in the city (of metal), all heavily sharing their land with trees.
Then you come upon Jicaro Island Ecolodge. Mouth dropped. Just the most beautiful place you can imagine. Literally, an island oasis, the paths are so strategically placed in between each tree and bush it is seamlessly created without harming the beauty surrounding it. You’re greeted with traditional Grama tea, which grows naturally here, and a cool, moist towel. Walking to your private casita, you cannot even count the wildlife here that you pass on the way. I can’t wait to explore more.


Located on a private island on Lake Nicaragua near Granada, Jicaro Lodge is a boutique hotel offering a variety of tours and activities.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Jicaro: A Paradisiacal Place


“It is a paradisiacal place, fabulous, wonderful" are some of the expressions of our guests who enjoy an atmosphere full of peace and tranquillity at Jicaro Island. Sitting and watching the sunset, listening to the soft waves of the great Lake, watching a variety of birds, and returning to peacefully sleep on the island are some of the experiences that make a very pleasant stay at the hotel.  Come visit our beautiful island and feel the peace that resides in this place.


Located on a private island on Lake Nicaragua near Granada, Jicaro Lodge is a boutique hotel offering a variety of tours and activities.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Earth Day at Jicaro


The team at Jicaro Island Ecolodge took native plants found in our gardens and gave them to the children of Cedric Martin School as a contribution to help our Mother Earth on her day.

We helped plant the seedlings and the children will continue to protect the trees through irrigation, monitoring and cleaning.


Located on a private island on Lake Nicaragua near Granada, Jicaro Lodge is a boutique hotel offering a variety of tours and activities.