In 2004, this 220 acre farm was named the worldâ€™s best eco-lodge by the Smithsonian Magazine. Finca Esperanza Verde was founded in 1998 by Sister Communities of San RamÃ³n Nicaragua (SCSRN), a South Carolina based non-profit working to improve San Ramon. The lodge uses renewable solar energy and offers guests access to their butterfly observatory, pine tree reserve, hiking paths, campsites and organic coffee fields. During coffee season, from November to February, guests can tour and take part in the entire process --from crop to cup-- by which coffee is made. Day passes to the farm cost 5 USD per person. Those who choose to spend the night have several sleeping options: A double with private bath costs 40 USD for one person and 62 USD for two. Six person cabins cost between 75 USD and 120, depending on the size of the group. The eight person dormitory with shared bath costs 15 USD per person. Campsites are available for 7 USD per person, per night, and equipment is not included. Breakfast has a set price of 7 USD and lunch and dinner, 9 USD. One of the drawbacks of Finca Esperanza Verde is that most activities come with an extra fee. The farm charges 7 USD for guided hikes and 6 USD for tortilla-making lessons, as well as tours of the coffee farm and butterfly pavilion. Even dancing with locals at a bonfire costs a group 60 USD, while a picnic at the Wabule River Canyon costs 120 USD.
To get to Esperanza Verde from Matagalpa take a bus towards Pancasan/ El Jobo. From San Ramon take a Rio Blanco bound bus. You will be dropped off at the town Yucul, where signs will lead you on a three and a half kilometer walk uphill. If desired, the f
Relative price: High End
Travel Skills: None
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Phone: (505) 772-5003
E-mail: fincaesperanzaverde(at) gmail.com