One of my favourite things about visiting Nicaragua was the opportunity to reconnect with nature. Like many, I spend way too much time staring at screens. Spending a week on a lush island in the heart of Lago de Nicaragua with hardly anything helped me reassess how little I need to feel content. I highly recommend you to visit this Island when you feel disconnected with mother earth. I definitely enjoyed watching fireflies and lazy days reading in a hammock, instead of watching Netflix.
There are several accommodation options on Ometepe, but my stay at Finca Mystica was an 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. I will tell you exactly why you should consider a visit to this gorgeous property.
A walk through their gardens is a must, where you’ll find a huge assortment of fruits, veggies, beans, and herbs. The food is all grown on their farm. Additionally, 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. However, I do 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 is 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.
Ryan and Angela are also very dedicated to helping their community. They regularly host volunteers to support the local school. They are working towards building a community centre 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.