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We wanted to stay somewhere near the airport as my friend was flying back to the UK fairly early the next day. However, I had heard quite a lot of negative information about the hotels in Managua so, when I found this place, it looked ideal. Located just far enough outside of Managua to not be in the heat and hustle and bustle as well as surrounded by greenery and views of the volcano. We had Mike collect us from the airport and were at the accommoadation half an hour later. We enjoyed a lovely evening dip in the beautiful pool and a delicious meal cooked by his wife. The beds were really comofrtable and everything was clean and well looked after. City noises are distant so we were able to enjoy a peaceful sleep, no earplugs required! Breakfast was huge and delicious, including fruits that had been grown on their own farm. Mike is also a font of knowledge with so much interesting information to share. Thank you so much for our wonderful stay, making us feel so welcome and all of your help. I look forward to returning!

Source: Profile – Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde

Thank you Beth for your visit and very kind comments! As one of our latest reviews, we do appreciate your input and it is always nice to know that we are hitting the mark on a consistent basis. Cheers and look forward to your next visit!

Lovely Airbnb guest, Beth Croft

Lovely Airbnb guest, Beth Croft

MGA Airport pickup, drop off, concierge Farmstay service

5br – MGA Airport pickup, drop off, concierge Farmstay service (km 10.5, Comarca San Antonio Sur, MGA)

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5BR / 4Ba furnished houseavailable now
laundry on site off-street parking
wheelchair accessible
dogs are OK – wooof

You won’t believe you are actually in Managua! No va a creer que estás en Managua!

About the Farmstay

Located in Managua, but being here feels like a world away. . .visit us at:

Ubicados en Managua, pero se siente en otro mundo…visitenos, estamos a sus ordenes!


To bring a comfortable stay for guests who desire to be near the best of the Nicaraguan capital city of Managua but want to be in a pleasant environment with excellent views, amenities, and hospitality.

Para traer una estancia cómoda para los huéspedes que desean estar cerca de los mejores de la capital nicaragüense de Managua, pero quieren estar en un ambiente agradable, con excelentes vistas, comodidades y hospitalidad.


Farmstay El Porton Verde is a small guesthouse, your “first night and last night alternative” to chain hotels near the Managua Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Augusto C. Sandino) or in downtown Managua. If you like a cool & breezy location in a peaceful tropical farm environment, check us out!

Estamos su alternativo a los hoteles de cadena, y su posada del “primer y ultima noche” en Nicaragua. Si te gusta un lugar fresco y ventoso en un ambiente pacífico en finca tropical, visítenos!

General Information

We are a family-friendly farmstay guesthouse B&B offering accommodations for a maximum of 14 guests. We offer a fully-furnished one bedroom apartment, two rooms with bunk beds for backpackers that sleep up to four, and two en-suite rooms with queen-sized beds.

Somos una posada estilo B & B que ofrece alojamiento para un máximo de 14 invitados. Ofrecemos un apartamento totalmente amueblado, dos habitaciones con literas para los mochileros que pueden alojar hasta cuatro, y dos habitaciones con baño privado, camas de tamaño queen

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INETER scientists make measurements in Telica

INETER scientists make measurements in Telicatelicavolcanoerupting


Monday May 11, 2015 | CD SINAPRED

Faced with the constant explosions in the Telica Volcano, Leon department, scientists from the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) continue in the giant crater performing all the relevant measurements in order to take appropriate decisions in the event that the possibility of being detected a major event.

According to INETER, the latest measurements of the day reported a decrease in volcanic temperature.

Still, monitoring continues through modern equipment purchased by the institution to track precisely the volcanoes that can endanger the life of Nicaraguan families.

The expert from INET, Jose Armando Saballos, explained during a power measurements in this volcano are installed seismic stations, GPS equipment and webcam, which are responsible for registering any event -deformaciones- and evaluate physical changes that may be occurring.

Activity is not so great

The results so far look promising. According Saballos measurements made ​​last Friday showed that the emissions of sulfur dioxide are low.

The volcano indexes recorded “below 100 tons (of sulfur) per day, which is low. For example, the Masaya walks through its 500 tons per day,” he said.

In the case of temperatures, the expert stressed that these “are not higher than is customary.”

Authorities work closely with the population

At the foot of Telica there are several communities. The authorities have urged people to protect the deposits of water both for human consumption and animal because volcanic ash can contaminate and cause health problems. Also beware call acid rain caused by gas.

Besides the INET and institutions like the Civil Defense, the volcano has been present the Red Cross, which is working with the community everything related to the prevention and evacuation routes in the event that a major eruption was given dimensions.

Francisco Osejo, representative of this institution relief, said that is being addressed with national and local authorities the issue of hostel facilities and the actions to take immediately the occurrence of the event.

Orientations pending families

Crater near the Aguas Frias community where 80 families live is located. According to its inhabitants, they are monitoring the situation and all orientations of the authorities.

“Sometimes it gets serious situation and we have to leave,” said resident Herminio Davila.

“It’s a bad situation out there” he stressed.

INETER stresses that so far the activity in the Telica is much lower than that recorded in 2011.

original in Spanish here–> Científicos del INETER realizan mediciones en el Telica.

So while volcanoes are a big draw for visitors to Nicaragua, guess what, on occasion they act like, well VOLCANOES and send out lots of ash and need to be closely monitored so that if one of them decides to really blow then some warning will be provided to the local inhabitants so they can get out of harm’s way. Let’s hope the monitoring shows further signs of the volcano calming down!

Let’s Get Real about Working in Nicaragua | Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua

Let’s Get Real about Working in Nicaragua


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Since my post, Lets Get Real about Retiring to Nicaragua, was a big hit, I am going to have a monthly post on Let’s Get Real about…

This month’s post is Let’s Get Real about Working in Nicaragua. It all started with a post on a Facebook forum for expats in Nicaragua.

Hey, how much money will I need to support myself for the first couple of months? When I arrive I am going to travel to a few places (i.e Leon, Granada) and choose the place I like best and then look for work as an english teacher there.

Recently, I have noticed an increase in the number of alarming posts, such as the one above. I say alarming because many foreigners looking for work in Nicaragua haven’t done their research.

So let’s get real about working in Nicaragua as a foreigner.

read the rest at–> Let’s Get Real about Working in Nicaragua | Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua. See my related post: Relocation to Nicaragua on a Shoestring Budget: Fact or Fiction?

Great post and fantastic comments, kudos to all…sounds like “Let’s Get Real About Health Care in Nicaragua” is already halfway written. Ditto on the Metropolitano discount plan. Been saying for years to anyone who asks that it is not an insurance so do not count on it!
As for my comments…First, I’d say take a look at how most Nicaraguans live and earn money and learn from that. Most regular folks have two or three jobs, maybe one formal full- or part-time and the rest informal. Just to make ends meet, most will need to have a few different gigs so I’ve tried to model that program with varying degrees of success. It’s quite difficult to really make money in Nicaragua in my experience so think of the whole adventure as a “lifestyle choice” and maybe you won’t mind (so much) the hassles and general challenges that you undoubtedly WILL encounter.
Second comment is that I’ve seen more folks coming down with a sort of fly by the seat of your pants approach and honestly I only know one success story so it’s possible to accomplish but very rare.
And finally, yes you can teach English and it is possible to earn under the table (I do not…) I teach at a school in Managua just a few hours a week to get another little bit of $ but mainly to get health insurance through INSS.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua

Can you relocate to Ometepe Island on a shoestring budget? Well, don't count on it!

Can you relocate to Ometepe Island on a shoestring budget? Well, don’t count on it!

Help with mostly outdoor projects at a small b&b in the hills of Managua, Nicaragua –

Help with some outdoor projects at a small b&b in the hills of Managua, Nicaragua

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    We are a small B and B located on a working farm located in the hills of Managua overlooking volcanoes and forest. We have opportunities primarily in agriculture but also in running the B and B too. If you have interest in permaculture, have a strong work ethic, can drive a standard (stick) truck, and would enjoy meeting Farmstay guests, get in touch with us. Family-run with babies and young children living onsite. We do fun stuff too, with our swimming pool and various outings to beaches, volcanoes, lakes, islands, colonial towns, etc.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists

  • Help


    We always have ag and maintenance projects ongoing. For example in ag: digging holes to plant plantains in, transplanting vetiver grass on lines of contour, mounding up and layering hugelkuktur beds, planting beans and corn, chopping weeds, picking fruit, etc. Maintenance: painting, landscaping, gardening, small repairs. Ideally, early morning hours for ag and later in the day do maintenance tasks.
    I would also like some occasional help with picking up and dropping off of guests at the airport and eventually leading some tours. Having permaculture experience with valid driver’s license would be ideal. Three month commitment preferred. Room and board and some possible tips from guests.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, Miskito

  • Accommodation


    Custom bunk beds, full size. If we have two volunteers you’ll have a roommate! Shared bath, poolfront location with mountain and volcano views.

  • What else ...

    What else …

    We have a great location for doing anything in Nicaragua basically. Near lakes, volcanoes, beaches, Colonial and surf towns. Easy to go anywhere in Managua, Masaya, Granada and the Pueblos Blancos. On weekends, Ometepe, San Juan del Sur, Leon, Chinandega, Matagalpa, and other places further out.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week


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Is a swimming pool with a tropical view in your future?

Is a swimming pool with a tropical view in your future?

The Perfect Week in Nicaragua With Kids | Heather Mundt

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The Perfect Week in Nicaragua With Kids

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In just under 10 short years since I first started traveling to Nicaragua, the questions I receive have changed dramatically from, “Why would anyone go to Nicaragua?” to “What should I do when I visit Nicaragua?”


No longer a dodgy destination for those of us old enough to remember Sandinistas and civil war, Nicaragua is quickly becoming the new go-to spot for travelers seeking adventure in Central America.

Photo by Heather Mundt

And not only is Nicaragua among the safest countries in the area, it’s also family-friendly. Case in point? Both of my children have traveled there with us several times, even as babies. Here’s my take on how to spend a perfect week with your family in this tropical treasure.

The Perfect Week in Nicaragua With Kids | Heather Mundt.

Bed and Breakfast Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua

I enjoyed your article Heather, thanks for pointing out how great it is to have a family vacation in Nicaragua. When I host families at the beginning and at the end of their Nica vacations, you see the difference ten days or a couple of weeks makes just in the family dynamics themselves, with lots of love and affection! It certainly is a real education to see Nicaragua and for the children to appreciate that kids with a set of jacks/marbles/playing hopscotch/etc. can have way more fun than the latest Nintendo/xBox platforms.
Cheers, Mike @ Bed and Breakfast Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua

We’ve definitely seen some great families having some very wonderful and loving vacations together here in Nicaragua. Whether it is the feeling of freedom, of seeing what it is like for other folks from humble lives to live, time spent together, the awesome adventure travel experiences, or exactly what, I can’t say that I know. I do know that families have had some super times and I hope to see lots of families beginning and ending their Nicaraguan vacations at the Farmstay!

Airbnb Review – Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua

Great retreat location, outside the madness of Managua. Gorgeous views of the countryside and the volcanoes at Masaya. Immaculate pool and a warm and inviting “Nicaraguan-family” feel. Super-flexible host in Mike (patient to a “T” with our transportation needs!), great “Nica” breakfast and warmly attentive hostesses in his wife and Samantha. Eager to please and make us feel at home.

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Nicaragua: Two Coastlines and Way More Than Twice the Fun – WSJ

Nicaragua: Two Coastlines and Way More Than Twice the Fun

Nicaragua is a great place to learn to surf, but there’s plenty to keep you busy if that plan runs aground—from beachcombing to climbing volcanos to noshing ceviche

HOLY COWABUNGA | The beach at San Juan del Sur, a former fishing village that has grown into a laid-back surf resort on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. ENLARGE
HOLY COWABUNGA | The beach at San Juan del Sur, a former fishing village that has grown into a laid-back surf resort on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. PHOTO: CORBIS

I GRIPPED my surfboard with equal parts resolve and dread.

Unable to tame the waves from atop my board, I’d just been knocked into the Pacific for at least the fifth time. With the salty taste of defeat fresh in my mouth, I began to question the wisdom of my trip to Nicaragua—at least the learning-to-surf part of it.

Seeing I was flustered, my patient young Nicaraguan surfing teacher, Saul, tried to calm me down. “Move your body a little more back,” he instructed, holding the front of the board as I slid my 6-foot frame further down as best I could. “Paddle, paddle, paddle,” he said, pushing the surfboard forward. I felt the board begin to lift onto an arriving swell, raised my right knee first, then my left, and for the briefest of moments, I rode the wave, elated, before crashing down into the ocean again.

My husband, Paul, had much better luck on his surfboard as I sat and watched him from the beach at Playa Remanso, a stretch of white sand on a cove set between forested hills on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, just south of San Juan del Sur.

SURF AND TURF | Nicaragua’s Mombacho volcano, outside GranadaENLARGE
SURF AND TURF | Nicaragua’s Mombacho volcano, outside Granada PHOTO: ALAMY

Fortunately—for me, anyway—Paul and I had come to Nicaragua to do more than surf. We’d been to Costa Rica and Guatemala and were eager to get away from Central America’s more touristy corners and tap its natural beauty. Nicaragua fit the bill: Its diverse geography includes smoking volcanoes for climbing and both a Pacific and Caribbean coastline, ideal given our plans to swim, surf and sail. We also hoped that the trip might give us a better understanding of the country’s recent revolution.

read the rest at–> Nicaragua: Two Coastlines and Way More Than Twice the Fun – WSJ.

At this point, a standard-issue story on traveling to Nicaragua must include at least one of two things:

And this story from the Wall Street Journal certainly hits on both of these items, so kudos to the author, Polya Lesova  as she nails both! From her extensive biography and finance & markets background, it might appear at first glance she’s not too well utilized by the WSJ, where she appears to be doing mostly travel & leisure type stories. I did find this to be a decent, if rather bland account of her “adventures.”

Of course no issues with the author at all, I just wish that Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Washington Post, etc. start doing stories on some of the real adventure travel opportunities to be found in Nicaragua. Going to San Juan del Sur and Granada is going to see the most popular and tourist-friendly places to visit in Nicaragua.

So that’s all well and good, but we’ve seen and read that story for a few years now as Nicaragua has definitely become a place to put on your wishlist as word gets out. So without trying to bite the hand so-to-speak, maybe a little nibbling suggestion might be appropriate?

Of course for most first-time visitors, it is indeed an adventure to just buy a plane ticket to Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport. Especially if you have limited to no Spanish skills, the sites and sounds of SJdS and Granada are probably all the adventure one might be on the lookout for one that first trip.

Since there have been many many similar stories to this one by Ms. Lesova, I would like to see the editors of some of these media publications broaden their perspectives and send someone out to do a bit more of a true adventure travel piece. Write a story on taking the trip to Corn Island the long, slow way taking buses, pangas, and ferries. Get deep into the forest at the Rio San Juan. Visit the Pearl Cays and sleep in the huts of the Rama peoples of the Caribbean. Do a quite challenging hiking in the backcountry, discovering new waterfalls near San Ramon. You get the idea. True adventure travel please.

gluten free options? – San Juan del Sur Forum – TripAdvisor

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Greetings 4travelgirl:

As amen9 says above, the traditional Meso-american diet is essentially gluten-free and a large part of Nicaraguan cuisine is based on those staples. So basically they’ve been doing gluten-free up here until the Spaniards introduced European foods like wheat.

For example with gluten-free El Porton Verde visitors we just make sure to have corn tortillas instead of toast.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde

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Since writing this post on TripAdvisor some time ago, I’ve been thinking more about gluten-free eating in general. While I’m obviously no doctor or nutritionist, I can see where eating gluten-free is just a bit more healthy than eaten all gluten products. While I’m not convinced that for the majority of folks going “gluten-free” that the decision isn’t made more for a general comfort’s sake rather than a real life-threatening situation should one eat the occassional piece of wheat bread, I don’t doubt that it’s overall a healthier way to go.

In Nicaragua we tend to eat mostly beans and rice, with tortilla, plantain, and the occasional cheese or sour cream (crema) as a side dish, for flavor. Sure you can get a hamburger or a pizza (with plenty of extra gluten!) in this country, but let’s just say that for every slice of pizza served in this country, a couple-three hundred servings of beans and rice have been delivered to their lucky recipients!

 gluten-free options

A Nica gluten-free lunch would look a bit different…think more tortillas and beans!