Permaculture Alternative Spring Break in Nicaragua
Pick one (or more) of three separate one-week sessions at our sister site:
March 2-9, 2013 (Week 1)
March 9-16, 2013 (Week 2)
March 16-23, 2013 (Week 3)
Next tour: January 20 – 25, 2013
The highlights of Nicaragua tour is a great way to get to know the major cities and coast of Nicaragua. This six day tour will immediately follow the Central American Advantage Investment Symposium in Managua which runs from January 15th to 17th.
This tour begins in Managua and goes to León, Montecristo Beach, Granada and San Juan del Sur.
It’s the ideal tour for entrepreneurs, investors, retirees and others who want a brief overview of the highlights of Nicaragua in a short period of time at a reasonable price. Fully escorted tour in air conditioned transportation.
Price: $875 based on double occupancy. Single supplement: $125
Included: Breakfasts, Dinners, some Entertainment, all tours
Transportation in a private, air conditioned bus
Nicaraguan tourist card
Tickets to the Central American Advantage Syposium
Airfare (we can make your flight arrangements if required)
For those seeking to relocate and/or retire to Nicaragua, the question always comes up, “how do I get to know where I want to live and invest?”
Sometimes traveling by yourself is not making the best use of your precious time and you might not be able to make the contacts with the experts and get to know your options the way you would in an organized group tour.
Tanya from Nica Tour Group is now offering a shorter, more tightly focused six-day tour which hits the major hotspots. Best yet, the Central American Advantage Investment Symposium in Managua runs just before this tour, so you can get all the expert information at the symposium and then get your feet on the ground and your eyes on the prize by enjoying Tanya’s tour.
Excellent! Nice selection of places to be visited and all offered at a very nice price point. Congratulations Tanya! I do notice that there are a few days in-between the events. That would be a good time to come and stay with us at Farmstay El Portón Verde!
Bed and Breakfasts in Managua, Nicaragua
Yes, I know we here at Bed and Breakfast Farmstay El Portón Verde operate a bed and breakfast, but I am not aware of any particular rule that says one cannot write an article on one’s blog to give a layout of the known b&bs here in town and let prospective visitors to Managua, Nicaragua decide where they might want to stay. So there!
And now a message from your sponsor hehe…Okay, that’s enough of talking about other properties (teasing, just read below!).
The bottom line here is that you have some good bed and breakfast options in the city of Managua. We hope you decide to stay with us at Farmstay El Porton Verde.
No one is as quiet as we are, no one has the view we have. No one has such a large and lovely swimming pool.
We think we give you the best in customized, North American quality customer service, with local Nicaraguan know-how.
So now that we have gotten that bit of business out of the way, let’s see what we can find out about the other bed and breakfasts.
There are not that many, at least not in the actual capital city of Managua. I’ll expand that search to the Masaya area as well just to get a couple more in there.
Now obviously this is not necessarily a comprehensive list, as there may well be some options for the traveler that are not found on the Internet, and there may be some new ones that haven’t become very well known yet. Sort of like Farmstay El Portón Verde!
If you read this and want to add a bed and breakfast to the list, please make your comments below.
Travelpod.com shows ten properties. We are not listed on this website. Interesting is that I have only heard of perhaps three of the ten places.
here are the listings:
Hotel San Luis
Colonia Centroamerica B-163, Managua (Show on map) | B&B
Excellent (15 reviews)
Hotel El Raizon
Km 20 1/4 carretera a Masaya, Managua (Show on map) | B&B
Excellent (12 reviews)
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Angel Azul Hotel Boutique
Villa Fontana 17, Managua (Show on map) | B&B
Outstanding (11 reviews)
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Hostal La Abuela
Casa No. 32, Managua (Show on map) | B&B
Very Good (5 reviews)
Hostal Real Los Robles
Del Restaurante La Marseillaise 1 c al lago, 1 c arriba 25 vrs.al lago Casa 46, Managua (Show on map) | B&B
Excellent (4 reviews)
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Hostal Real Bolonia
Avenida Bolonia No 1001, Managua (Show on map) | B&B
Very Good (2 reviews)
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Viva Nicaragua Guest House
Caraterra Masaya (Km 14), Managua (Show on map) | B&B
Outstanding (8 reviews)
Los Mapachines Terraza Hotel
Hosp. Militar 1c. al Lago 1/2c. abajo, Managua (Show on map) | B&B
Outstanding (6 reviews)
Marlene’s Bed and Breakfast
Una Calle al Oeste, Managua (Show on map) | B&B
Outstanding (2 reviews)
Media cuadra al Sur del reloj, junto al Parque Central, Managua (Show on map) | B&B
The three that have the best ratings here are Angel Azul. Los Mapachines Terraza, and Marlene’s. Let’s take a looks at these three first.
Angel Azul is in Villa Fontana, which is a nice area of Managua. It is in a Nicaraguan home that has nice gardens and a pool. It is also near Carretera a Masaya and the upscale mall, Galerias Santo Domingo. The photos look nice. The property is modern looking. I’d say the pool looks a bit small, as is typical of Nicaraguan swimming pools. A room for two on a sample date of 14 January shows a price of $87 for two persons.
Los Machapines Terraza is another highly rated property and worth a look. This is another Nicaraguan home with a lovely host. Only three rooms and a small pool. The location is near the Plaza Inter shopping mall, which is very much city center location-wise. Not a good area to go about walking, especially at night. Their suite, with double occupancy, goes for $82 per night. Looks to me like there are price discounts available.
Marlene’s has been around for a few years now, at least. Also is very highly rated. The hosts, especially Marlene, are well-recommended by guests. The property is off of Carretera Sur, in the hills on the southwest side of Managua. At least on airbnb.com, they have a three night minimum, a night for two is $50.00. The review on airbnb is not real good. They say it is too far away, to negotiate price before any rides are given, and that they had water problems. Uh oh.
Go ahead and check out the rest of the listings. Let me continue here by looking at some other b&bs.
Managua Hills Bed and Breakfast always comes up first when searching for bed and breakfast Managua, so you’ll see them a lot. They are located in Las Colinas, which is off of the road to Masaya on your way out of town. For comparison’s sake, we are even further out from the center of town. The photos look like the place is more of a hotel-looking sort of property instead of a house. Their prices are very fair, looks like about $50 for two. Has a swimming pool.
Another top of the list search result is Managua Backpackers Inn. This is more of a hostel type property located in Los Robles neighborhood, in a city center location. The only private accomodations they have is for a single person, so couples need to be in a shared hostel room which go for about $14 per person per night. No swimming pool.
Let’s now look at Hotel Brandt’s, located aslo in the Los Robles neighborhood. This is a handsome modern property located in the city center. A standard double room is $60.00 and their suite goes for $80.00. I do not see that they have a swimming pool.
Okay, Farmstay El Porton signing off now 🙂
they wil be open the week of Nov 19th: offer 4 daily guided tours beginning at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00pm and 4:00 pm. If you want to make a reservation you can contact us by phone (505) 2342-9150 ext. 3868 / (505) 8966-8200 ext 3868. or through the following email: email@example.com
Thanks to Scott Chamberlin for the updated information!
By FREDA MOON
Published: November 7, 2012
THE darkness was as deep and pure as squid ink. I swiped my foot across the ground, feeling for rocks, roots and voids. Around me there was rustling, scurrying and crashing — the sounds of creatures meeting branches and leaves. Startled by some unseen threat, I stopped abruptly, colliding with my travel companion, Ashley, who followed close behind. Each time we slammed into each other, hapless as slapstick Stooges, we were reduced to fits of hysterical laughter — laughter masking fear and frustration.
Maybe not a big deal really, but to us it is! The author of this NY Times Travel article, Freda Moon, stayed with us in Managua before she went on her loooong journey via taxi, panga, ferry, and who knows what other forms of transportation to get to Corn Island in time to participate in the annual Crab Festival.
We have had guests go to the Corn Islands and they write us when they get there saying, “I’m having such a wonderful time here, I’m staying an extra week!” So we know that this is a great place to go when visiting Nicaragua. The Caribbean waters are so gorgeous and it is a great place to dive, and to get your dive certifications.
So congratulations Freda for another outstanding, enlightening travel article. You couldn’t mention that cute little B&B that hosted you before embarking on your great adventure? Well maybe next time! 🙂
Now let’s talk about the traditional shopping markets of Managua. This is real urban adventure travel, bar none!
First off, I want to acknowledge a great Spanish resource for this information, a local tour company that specializes in urban adventures! Managua CityTours is your place if you want to check out these spots in safety. See more at: http://www.citytoursmanagua.com/mercados.htm
The mercados are spread around the city, and all of them have bus service including out to the departments. While we won’t cover every market area, let’s start with the biggest ones, starting from the east side of town and working our way west.
Near to the Augusto Cesar Sandino International airport (MGA) is the Mercado Mayoreo. This is the main wholesale (mayoreo) market in the country for fresh fruits and vegetables. There are also what I would call old fashion grocery stores too that have canned goods, all the basic grains, dry goods, personal care items, etc.
Miranda and I go there to buy our weekly fruit and veg, and on rarer occasions, we go there loaded with fruit from the farm that we sell or trade. It is really nice for us to do this, as we feel like we are getting things for free! Livin’ off the land baby!
Not too far from the Mayoreo is the mercado Ivan Montenegro. This has the usual mix of items and services. Everything from grocery and vegetable/fruit items to barbers and shoe repair jobs can be handled here. Seems a bit tiny in comparison to the larger markets.
A fun and relatively safe market to go to is Mercado Huembes. Huembes is more centrally located then either Mayoreo or Ivan Montenegro and is not a bad alternative to going to the Masaya artisan’s market if you have in mind to buy some souvenirs to take home but don’t have the time or the transportation to get you out to Masaya.
Now the biggest, baddest market in all of Nicaragua and in all of Central America is the Mercado Oriental. This place is huge, something like 52 hectares in size. If you cannot find what you are looking for here, then it probably cannot be found in Nicaragua! However, one must use caution as it is not very safe; it is not a place to go on your own as a tourist without some serious backup and local guides. Lots of Nicaraguans will tell you they would never go there because it is too dangerous.
Getting to the street or area where the product you are looking for can be complicated, but it can be a good experience. Just take precautions; get in and get out, and don’t wander about. It is a location to get to know many of the country’s virtues in one place. Colorful and idiosyncratic, the background of reggaeton music, the heat, the piropos, the vendors offering their products, the trash, the organization in the middle of chaos, the vendor’s running commentaries, etc. this brings us an idea about the vital social-economic life that pulses in Nicaragua.
Also, eating a plate of boho there is a tasty lunch treat that is not to be missed!
Finally, the market on the west side of town, on your way out to Leon, is the Mercado Israel Lewites. This is a busy market, and has the transportation to Leon, Chinandega and beyond pretty well covered.
Okay, I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about the commercial markets in Managua!
Thanks to http://www.youtube.com/user/greystormbird for this video showing in HD what it looks like when you fly into MGA, the Augusto César Sandino International Airport in Managua, Nicaragua.