Tourism Must Diversify | La Prensa

Tourism must diversify

 By: Yohany Lopez

INTUR presents a proposal to the government

This morning, the president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Medium and Small Enterprises Tourism (Cantur), Leonardo Torres, will present a strategic proposal that contributes to the diversification of tourist circuits and helps increase the average daily expenditure of foreign visitors.

The initiative aims to be harvest sustainably productive farms in the country and thus push community tourism and agro-tourism.

“This is to exploit all available resources in the country, which are not only the beach but also the mountains, volcanoes, lagoons, colonial history and styles of some of the cities,” said Torres.

Currently the Nicaraguan Tourism Board (Intur) together with employers promote the routes of Coffee, Water, Colonial and Volcanoes, Haciendas and the South Pacific. But according to Cantur, this new initiative is expected to further exploit the attractions.

At the close of 2014t Intur reported 8,693 companies in the country that provide different tourist services, of which 59.9 percent were for local food and beverages, 17.8 percent to lodging and 22.3 percent to other tourist activities such as: night clubs, discos, travel agencies, businesses, land and water transportation, among others.

They aspire to US $ 75 DAILY

One of the expectations that is not lost on Cantur is that the average foreign tourist spending will rise to between 70 and 75 dollars a day and it considered two aspects: “First diversify the options and (second) provide overall complete tourist packages. Do this without neglecting the Central American visitors. Then, look a little closer at the foreigners who come from North America and Europe, who are the biggest spenders during their stay in the country.”

Intur published data by the Central Bank of Nicaragua and updated until the fourth quarter of 2014 which placed the average daily spending at $ 43.40 for foreigners, and to reach the seventies, a further growth of fifty percent would be required.

Torres is aiming the proposal primarily at the executive president of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur), Mayra Salinas, and presidential adviser for economic affairs, Bayardo Arce. The presentation will be heldduring the implementation of the National Tourism Forum 2015 for MSMEs, which is to be held  today at the Holiday Inn.


The department of Managua has the largest number of tourist establishments and contributes 30.7 per cent of total economic activity according to the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism. Secondly the Autonomous Regions of the North Caribbean and South Caribbean have a stake of 9.1 percent and Leon with 6.8 percent of the total.

Source: Turismo debe diversificarse | La Prensa

This is the latest scheme by CANTUR, which is basically the chamber of commerce for the tourism industry here in Nicaragua, to propose to INTUR, which is the Nicaraguan  Tourism Board. As one reads the story, it appears to be aimed at bringing in more eco-tourism and agro-tourism in Nicaragua, which of course from our perspective at the Farmstay, this is all good as that’s what we are!

This happened today  17 July, 2015, so the results are not exactly in yet, but I would be surprised if INTUR really supports something like this because they appear to myself and many other small lodging operations that they don’t particularly do much for the little guy who actually has or had some capital, developed or is developing a small hotel or b and b at present.

Of course that would be great if they could get it together a little bit more to somehow get farms in pretty locations of Nicaragua to start learning about customer service, maintenance and cleaning of facilities, marketing, sales, planning, etc. but I can say that it appears to me to be a huge challenge.

If CANTUR/INTUR can put together or partner with an existing simple reservation system with a website featuring a searchable database of properties, a way to rate the properties, view calendars, make reservations, and pay for your stay electronically, then we’d be talking. Lacking that, this proposal will go into the dustbin along with several other equally needed initiatives that never got off the ground.


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

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    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.

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    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

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    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?

Coming in late or leaving early but don’t want to be “in” Managua? BnB

Coming in late or leaving early but don’t want to be “in” Managua? BnB.

Poolside at the Farmstay

Looking 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.

Your host Mike welcomes you with personalized service and attention to detail that the most discerning travelers can appreciate. We hope to help you have a relaxing stay here in Nicaragua from the moment you leave the customs area at MGA airport to the moment you pass through security on your way back home. For those first-time visitors, here is a link to my blog about What’s the drill? What to expect when arriving at MGA Managua’s Augusto Sandino International Airport

We work and live on a small (eight acre) organic permaculture farm located in the breezy hills south of Managua, overlooking Ticuantepe and Masaya, Nicaragua. We enjoy the views, peace and tranquility here so much, we decided to share it with a select group of travelers…if are you one of those who want a unique Nicaraguan vibe from your first to your last night in-country, then we are the right place for you!

You will not be ‘roughing it’ at El Porton Verde, far from it, as the property has excellent amenities usually found in four star hotels such as custom-made furniture, quality beds, bedding and towels. We also have a swimming pool, free high speed WiFi, and delicious Nicaraguan breakfasts that typically include ingredients grown and raised here on the farm.

Airport pickup and drop off service is available. We give you the “soft landing” treatment from the moment you pass through Customs at the airport until you go home. We also provide local half-day and full-day tours of our local area such as Volcano Masaya, the Masaya Artisan’s Market, the Pueblos Blancos, Granada, etc.
If you would like a little slice of Paradise, Nicaragua-style, we welcome you to stay with your host Mike. Please note: Check in 2pm. Check out 12noon. Only cash on arrival. We accept PayPal and are listed on air bnb. Cancellation policy 48 hours. Breakfast is included.

We have lodging for groups of up to 14.

Sustainable Tourism in Nicaragua (video in Spanish)

The above video is well done, has good production values and I like the focus on the northern Nicaraguan area, the “Ruta del Cafe” or Coffee Route is one of these ideas that the national tour agency gets to promote an area and/or activity/interest under one umbrella, that is for sure, but if I can put on my critic’s cap here, the presentation, while nice, does not mention a webpage where one can actually find out more and possibly book a tour! The title of the video is UNICOOTUR and the logo on the video says UNICOTOURS. Neither of which appear to be connected with a sustainable tourism organization located in Northern Nicaragua. So sorry but I couldn’t find any actual links for you. But, again, pretty video. Enjoy!

I wanted to share with you some actual links to Sustainable Tourism in Nicaragua for you to take a look at, but there really aren’t any, either in Spanish or English! I do know about a few, but they are not really any sort of organization of sustainable tourism in the country, just listings and some general information. Well, here’s what I have:

There are several properties that are self-described “sustainable tourism” destinations, and most if not all of these tend to be legit as far as the eco-friendly standards such as trying to save electricity, water, promote ecological practices in general, including permaculture and other sustainable farming techniques.

Some of these are listed here:

There are a bunch more, most of which are new that I haven’t really heard or know anything about. If you know of anymore and can personally recommend them, please comment here!

Sadly, that’s about it!

What is a Farmstay? | The Active Times

What is a Farmstay?

A quick guide to cheap and unique overnight accommodations


Phong Nha Farmstay, Vietnam

A farmstay is a form of agritourism in which a traveler visits a working farm and either helps with chores, pays or does both in exchange for an overnight stay.

The farmstay experience varies greatly and many travel guides warn that they aren’t for everyone, but a common theme is the genuine rural experience that travelers can’t find in a chain hotel. There are Farmstays all over the world; the arrangement has been prevalent in Europe and Australia for a while and is now beginning to see popularity in the U.S.

via What is a Farmstay? | The Active Times.

Great article Ms. Gertstacker! Thanks for the effort on educating travelers about farmstays. I agree that they aren’t for everyone, but they do offer some very much more in-depth and personalized experiences then more traditional chain hotels or even boutique lodging options.
Not sure if anyone is willing to comment, but I have always wondered why farmstays seem to be more popular in the old Commonwealth countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK?
Farmstays sure are not very well known in Nicaragua, where El Porton Verde is located, but it made so much sense to put the word in our name since it is a stay on a farm. It succinctly gives a pretty good idea to the traveler what they can expect.


Volunteering in a Permaculture Food Forest | Permaculture Magazine

Volunteering in a Permaculture Food Forest | Permaculture Magazine.

Jack Plant & Gail Harland |


Friday, 28th March 2014

What is it like volunteering on a permaculture project in Central America? What can be learnt and what can be given? Jack Plant and Gail Harland report their experiences at Project Bona Fide, Nicaragua, a remarkable permaculture food forest that has dramatically diversified food varieties and skills in its locality.

Chris talks in the garden, with stunning volcano and lake in the background, to a group from a permaculture design course.
This is actually a pretty big deal. This permaculture magazine sent a couple of permie-journalists to volunteer at Project Bonafide on Ometepe Island. This is an interesting piece of reportage to me personally as these guys are my heroes! A good read indeed and congratulations to Project BonaFIDE!

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


“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.

Managua Eco-Friendly Farm Stay: peaceful & tranquil. MGA transport

Managua Eco-Friendly Farm Stay: peaceful & tranquil. MGA transport.

El Portón Verde, Managua is an eco-friendly farm stay that features free breakfast, an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and on-site farm activities. It is a 20-minute drive from Managua City Center.

Each room at this property features simple, modern décor and comes with a ceiling fan and a private or shared bathroom with a shower and toilet. The apartment boasts a fully equipped kitchen.

A hearty farm breakfast is included. The property can cook lunch and dinner on request, while guests will find restaurants serving mainly local cuisine within 5 km of El Portón Verde, Managua.

On the property is an 11 meter long swimming pool, with great views of forested hills and volcanoes. Also, an excellent farm walk is available, where you can learn about our farming methods, and sample some of our tasty fruit (in season).

Guests at this property can reach Masaya Volcano National Park within a 20-minute drive, while Lake Managua is a 30-minute drive away. Managua International Airport is 17 km from the property.

We also offer airport pickup and drop off, local tours, and an array of services; medical tourism, boutique spa, recommended lodgings in other locations, relocation, investment, etc.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Farms Masatepe | venta | farm attraction 24 mz : USD 30000.00

Farms Masatepe | venta | farm attraction 24 mz : USD 30000.00.

farm attraction 24 mz

Property Information

Location: Masatepe
Price $30,000.00
Price/m2 of land $0.17
Construction size m2 0
Lot Size in m2 168000
Benefits Near Transit, Lake View, Mountain View, Water system, Electrïcity, Easy Acces


farm 24 blocks, with adjoining tourist attractions with the viewpoint of Nandasmo, hotel and spa gates of heaven, nimboja hills, house 7 x 12. 82 m in good brick with iron frame and zinc drinking water energy all-weather road stone, cultivated with pineapple, it has, dwarf banana, Hawaiian papaya plants at harvest two years guapinol cedar, mahogany, kapok, melina teak, cashew, mango, narajas, avocados, new fences, water well d sources. negosiable pressures

Wow, this looks to be a really nice property with a nice price! I really like the Pueblos Blancos area of Nicaragua. Close enough to Managua to visit easily for shopping, health care, education, etc. but up in the elevation a bit so the area has good weather. As usual, I have no connection with this property, do not know any more details, so on and so forth. Just click the link above and ask away there!

Someone looking to relocate to Nicaragua and perhaps build their own home and do some “gentleman farming” could do worse then to hang their hat here! Its a lot of fun having a farm in Nicaragua. Especially in this area of Masatepe, the land is very fertile so whatever you wanted to grow would most likely do very well. Setup your permaculture farm here!

Masatepe is known for its furniture making workshops. They have converted their old railroad station into showrooms for the furniture. It is worth the drive to go and see what they have. Some really nice quality and fair prices. I just went a few week ago to have some chaise lounges made. We’ll see tomorrow how they turned out!


Deluxe Poolfront Apartment B&B in Managua

Deluxe Poolfront Apartment B&B in Managua.

Deluxe Poolfront Apartment B&B

This farm stay property, “Finca El Porton Verde,” is a unique small hotel offering in Nicaragua’s capital city of Managua. My Nicaraguan family and I work and live on a small (eight acre) organic permaculture farm located in the breezy hills south of Managua—overlooking Ticuantepe and Masaya, Nicaragua.

This listing is for one bedroom furnished apartment complete with kitchen, living/dining area and private bathroom. This apartment is best for two guests, but if a group of four wants to stay together we can put a queen-sized inflatable bed in the living area for an additional charge of $10 per person. This apartment is on the lower floor of the house on the pool deck level. There are 17 steps to go up and down the stairs, so this apartment is not handicap accessible. See our other listings for a one bedroom en-suite wheelchair accessible room. If you are looking for something more affordable, check out our two bunk bed rooms.

We at Farmstay El Portón Verde offer several different ways to book your room. One of our favorite ways is through The nice thing about AirBnB is that they offer free professional photography as part of being a host. This is nice for the hosts because you get certified photos so that guests know this is actually what our place looks like. And of course it is nice for our guests to know that they will actually be staying at the same place as the pictures!