A great entry to Nicaragua life – Review of Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua, Nicaragua – TripAdvisor

A great entry to Nicaragua life – Review of Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua, Nicaragua – TripAdvisor.

“A great entry to Nicaragua life”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago

Mike was on the ball, meeting us at the airport, helping us shop on the way to his ‘oasis’ at El Porton Verde. We stayed in the apartment just outside the swimming pool, with a grand view of the verdant hills and volcanic region. Restful, indeed, and Mike took us on a fine tour of Managua, and bid us good bye by driving us to our next adventure in Granada. Wifi and tasty breakfast included. But mostly, just breathe the Nica atmosphere.

 

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 starsValue
    • 4 of 5 starsLocation
    • 5 of 5 starsSleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 starsRooms
    • 5 of 5 starsCleanliness
    • 5 of 5 starsService

Visiting Managua? Try our “soft landing” service, MGA transport & room

Visiting Managua? Try our “soft landing” service, MGA transport & room.

 

elportonverde-1Looking for a friendly face and a tranquil and cool place to stay that first or last night in Nicaragua?

Due to airline schedules and travel times, many visitors to Nicaragua arrive late at night or depart very early in the morning. For some, that means staying overnight in the Managua area.

Assuming you did not come to Nicaragua to stay at a chain hotel similar to what you have in your hometown, consider staying in the best-rated lodging in Managua that has a Nicaraguan flavor with first-world comforts and customer service.

Farmstay El Porton Verde is a small bed and breakfast located on a farm in the breezy hills south of Managua approx. 2 km off of kilometer 10.5 of the Road to Masaya (Carretera a Masaya). With our outstanding views, four-star quality guest rooms, and gorgeous swimming pool, we offer a quiet and fresh alternative to the airport- and downtown-area chain hotels and small inns. Our motto is: “we are located in Managua, but being here feels like a world away…” but the only way to really appreciate it is to be here for yourself. We invite you to visit and stay with us at the farm.

The Alianza de Solentiname: Solentiname Islands

Educate to Empower to Break the Cycle of Poverty

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The lack of education and poverty are directly linked. Our programs are based on support and empowerment, not hand-outs. Empowerment creates pride in the person, generates confidence and keeps decisions within the community. The Alianza works with the community, parents, students and teachers to focus on the tasks they feel are important to their community. This strategy empowers the community to take care of itself and create its own future.

We work to create a self-sustaining growth cycle where parents and students learn to do for themselves. It is our goal and their goal for them to be self-sufficient. Self-sustainability takes serious time and effort but we are seeing progress and experiencing the benefits.

via The Alianza de Solentiname.

Farmstay El Portón Verde recently had the honor to host the leader of the Alianza de Solentiname and I want to use this blog post to highlight their activities and put in a good word for those looking to find a great program that they can support here in Nicaragua.

For those who don’t know about the Solentiname islands, here is what wikipedia.org has to say:

The Solentiname Islands(Spanish pronunciation: [solentiˈname]) are an archipelagotowards the southern end of Lake Nicaragua (also known as Lake Cocibolca) in the Nicaraguandepartment of Río San Juan.

Solentiname Islands

They are made up of four larger islands, each a few kilometres across, named, from west to east,MancarroncitoMancarrón,San Fernando and La Venada, along with some 32 smaller islands with rocky headlands which afford shelter to numerous aquatic birds. The islands’ origins are volcanic. The highest point in the islands is found on Mancarrón; it is 257 m above sea level. The Solentiname Islands are a National Monument. They constitute one of the 78 protected areas of Nicaragua.

So down there in the Solentiname Islands, the Alianza program is working to help the islanders. They require parents as well as students to be involved in community service, to attend educational events, and assist in the maintenance and refurbishing of their school.

Why Vacationing on a Farm Isn’t as Weird as It Sounds | TakePart

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“People are looking for ways to connect with the land, that are interesting places, where they can learn something,” Stewart says. “If you can add to that a culinary angle where they’re actually getting to taste and experience the wonderful, fresh foods from those farms—it’s a winning combination.”

via Why Vacationing on a Farm Isn’t as Weird as It Sounds | TakePart.

Quick Sale! Small Private Guest House!

Quick Sale! Small Private Guest House!.

Great retirement option or a way to live in the cool climate and tropical Matagalpa, Nicaragua. We have decided the sell our business, Harvest House Matagalpa. It currently is open, operating and has a full house year round. 

It is a private guest house where guests stay either nightly, weekly or monthly. The model has been fully functional and income generating since it’s opening a year ago. By renting out rooms monthly you will make money and have a free place to stay and not work much at all. Or, you can put more energy into it and convert it into a bed and breakfast or nightly only place and really make some money. We are only selling as we have greatly expanded in Leon and also have a new baby! So, we just don’t have the time or energy to keep running Matagalpa.

It’s a two story home with different terraces, little gardens and a roof top. There are 6 bedrooms and 5 baths. There is a garage and living room and dining with high vaulted ceilings and pretty woodwork. The kitchen is in good shape, fair sized and pretty modern, there is also a decent laundry room. We paid hundreds to wire in and add more breakers to put in proper electric hot water showers in every shower. Everything is in pretty good condition, but has incredible potential if you want to put in a little money. 

As per the usual, FEPV does not have anything to do with this property, don’t contact me for further information, etc. etc. por favor. This just seems like it could be a nice opportunity for someone to step into what is a long term guest house but looks like it could be a B&B quite easily too.

If you are interested let me know and we could go in on it together! I just need someone to run the place up in Matagalpa. Farmstay El Porton Verde Matagalpa and Farmstay El Porton Verde Managua. Watcha think? 🙂

Revisiting Nicaragua, This Time as a Tourist – NYTimes.com

Revisiting Nicaragua, This Time as a Tourist – NYTimes.com.

TRAVEL|PERSONAL JOURNEY

 

Revisiting Nicaragua, This Time as a Tourist

By MARY TALBOT

MARCH 5, 2014

 

Selva Negra Mountain Resort, a coffee farm and inn between Matagalpa and Jinotega. Credit Oswaldo Riva for The New York Times

Managua’s airport doesn’t look anything like it did the day I first arrived there with an ill-considered buzz cut, two donated microscopes and a mind brimming with untested idealism. That was in 1985, when the Sandinista revolution and the American-backed contra campaign opposing it were in full swing. I had taken a leave from college to see the revolution up close, to lend my hand in whatever way I could, including teaching, and ended up staying for nearly three years. At the immigration counter, a compañero in fatigues insisted, in Spanish, that I redo my forms. Leafing through my American passport, he noted that I was born in Germany, but he seemed disappointed that my birthplace was in the western half of the country, not in socialist East Germany. To tell the truth, I was a little disappointed, too, and all the more so when my microscopes, destined for a rural health clinic, were seized by customs.

So much has changed since then as I was to learn last August. At the climate-controlled, glass-walled airport, an official welcomed me with a big, tourist-friendly “hello,” and nobody even glanced at my 50-pound suitcase, stuffed with gifts for old friends. I had returned to Nicaragua for the first time in 25 years, partly to see my daughter, Willa, who at 15 was spending a month there to improve her Spanish (and her tan, she said), and partly inspired by my nostalgic desire to compare the reality of this Central American nation today with the revolutionary place of my memories. I wanted to see if Willa’s stay was changing her, as my years in Nicaragua had changed me.

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Interesting article about a former “sandalista” who came down in the mid-1980s during the Contra War to see what Nicaragua was like in the present day. Nice to see the NY Times continuing their coverage of Nicaragua in the travel section.

In 2011, the Farmstay hosted Freda Moon before she went to Little Corn Island (the hard way…) and wrote a NY Times Travel story on LCI, Off Nicaragua, A Quieter Caribbean.

Its great to get the word out that Nicaragua is a fun place to go and has a lot of different types of attractions that some of the neighboring countries do not offer. Of course, the contrast between the time the author came down in the mid-eighties and nearly 30 years later must be amazing to experience.

As I pick up our visitors at the Managua airport, I get lots of comments about the “Trees of Life” especially for those arriving in the nighttime! Then some folks comment on seeing the US fast food chains here. They see Subway, Pizza Hut, Burger King, McDonalds, and others here and sometimes that is a surprise.

And of course those guests who make those comments are absolutely correct! Just a few years ago there were fewer of these chains. If you were to go to the big new SINSA here on Carretera a Masaya in a blindfold, and took it off inside on one of the aisles, you would swear you are at a Lowes or a Home Depot. Its uncanny, except the prices are even higher!

Point being, Nicaragua has been making great strides in recent years as one can read in the Revisiting Nicaragua story. Of course, having a peaceful country is a pre-requisite to any sort of development or betterment of the people in Nicaragua. Even though I see lots of new BMW, Mercedes Benz and Land Rovers vehicles zooming in and around the area of the farm,  this is still an extremely poor country.

If you talk to a person about 50 or more years old here in Nicaragua, you will find they have a story of what was going on for them during those days, and few stories are very pleasant ones. Unfortunately, the youth don’t have that personal experience and one hopes they don’t end up retracing the steps of their fathers, uncles and even grandfathers!

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It is probably a little cooler here, about 89 degrees with the breeze.

Massive Winter Storm System Pummels Central U.S., Heads For East Coast

Massive Winter Storm System Pummels Central U.S., Heads For East Coast.
In this handout from NASA, a large storm system moves toward the East Coast of the U.S. March 2, 2014. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

By Victoria Cavaliere

NEW YORK, March 2 (Reuters) – A massive winter storm system packing cold air, snow and freezing rain was pummeling the central United States on Sunday and headed for the East Coast, sending temperatures plummeting and causing major delays for weekend travelers.

Rainfall and snow associated with the system will stretch over 1,500 miles (2,400 km), from southeastern Colorado to southern Massachusetts, meteorologists said.

Here we go again with the huge winter storm in the central and eastern parts of the East Coast. All we can say from here in Nicaragua is that the weather has been great. Come and enjoy an escape to paradise!

If you are looking for a quick escape to the tropics and some warm weather, may I suggest a trip to Nicaragua? 2 hours from Miami, 3:20 from Houston and 3:30 from Atlanta and you are here.

Right now at the Farmstay the weather has been just about perfect. Nice cool mornings, puffy white clouds, and slowly warming to afternoon highs of about 85 degrees. Then in the evening it slowly cools down to a comfortable sleeping temperature. The swimming pool is also nice and warm, so it is comfortable to swim even at night.