One of my favorite things about visiting Nicaragua was the opportunity to reconnect with nature. Like many, I spend way too much time staring at screens and not nearly enough time outside. Spending a week in on a lush island in the heart of Lago de Nicaragua with hardly any internet access, no hot water, and no stores nearby helped me reassess how little I need to feel content. Spending nights watching fireflies and lazy days reading in a hammock was infinitely more enjoyable than my usual routine of work, Netflix, and scrolling through social media.
While there are several organic farms and rustic lodging options on Ometepe, my stay at Finca Mystica was a wonderful experience that I cannot recommend highly enough. As much as I enjoyed exploring Ometepe, my stay at Finca Mystica was the highlight of my time there.
The property itself is gorgeous, and a walk through their gardens is a must. Here you’ll find a huge assortment of fruits, veggies, beans, and herbs. The food, which is all grown on their farm, was so fresh and delicious. They offer a wonderful breakfast, lunch, and snack menu throughout the day.
Every night there is a communal dinner with two different menu options. Their smoothies and cocktails are delicious as well. Unfortunately, I don’t remember exactly how much the food cost but I remember it was inexpensive like nearly everything else in Nicaragua.
All over the property, howler monkeys can be seen swinging from tree to tree. There’s a yoga pavilion onsite, and the main lodge area has a stunning view of Lago de Nicaragua. There’s an abundance of hammocks and it’s the perfect place to hang out with a book and get away from it all.
There are plenty of opportunities to hike nearby, including hikes to the San Ramon Waterfall and the grueling hikes up the island’s two volcanoes. I also did a lot of kayaking and cycling while I was there. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or just looking to relax, Finca Mystica has whatever you’re looking for.
If you’re committed to sustainable travel, Finca Mystica fits the bill. All the cabins were made from cob and recycled materials. Ryan and Angela, the American owners, bought the property in 2006. After lots of mug digging, weeding, bushwhacking, and planting, they’ve finally built Finca Mystica into their dream.
Ryan and Angela are also very dedicated to helping their community. They regularly host volunteers to support the local school, and are working towards building a community center to serve the surrounding area.
If you’re going to Nicaragua, I highly recommend Ometepe and Finca Mystica. You can learn more about Finca Mystica and its mission here.