via Café de Nicaragua.
Yes, a coffee tour would be great thank you! At the Farmstay we could even help you with that. For example, if you want to learn how to roast your own coffee you could do that here. We even hosted overnight an official coffee cupper (a person who goes around the world tasting various coffees…can you imagine?) and she said that our coffee roasted over a wood fire was very good. She said to me “this was roasted over mango wood, wasn’t it?” I actually had no idea what type of wood we had used, but thought, it certainly could have been mango wood! She rated my coffee as “very good.”
Small victories my friends, small victories. But yes, there are some great places to go and visit up near Matagalpa, such as Selva Negra. Its nice and cool up there and very refreshing after the warmer zones near the beaches and in the main cities of Nicaragua like Granada and Leon.
Anyway, we do enjoy our coffee here at the Farmstay and I like being able to make the roast according to my own prefereces (which vary from medium- to dark-roast) and the extreme cost savings. I buy the beans at the wholesale market for 40 cordobas the pound and the finished product in the supermarkets costs about 160 cordobas. And our coffee is every bit as good as the fancy local Nicaraguan brands.
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:
- Casey has an overview of the topic and how it may relate to Nicaragua over on the rightsideguide.com
- Sustainabletrip.com has another overview.
- CANATUR Nicaragua (Spanish) is the closest to such an organization.
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:
- Morgan’s Rock
- Jicaro Island Ecolodge
- Totoco Ecolodge
- Casa Maderas
- Bastilla Ecolodge
- Hacienda Puerto del Cielo
- Aqua Nicaragua
- Selva Negra
- Finca Esperanza Verde
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!
Matiguas | Villa with coffee and cattle in the mountains of Quirragua.
Date Added: 05/07/2014 9:52 pm
Price/m2 of land $0.11
Construction size m2 0
Lot Size in m2 700000
Villa 100 mzs. in the mountains of Quirragua, Matiguás Township, Matagalpa at 1100 meters. 13 mzs. coffee, suitable for cacao, vegetables (potatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, beets, bell pepper, tomato, strawberry, grape, chia, cardamom, etc..) with plenty of wood for buildings: red, black and yellow granadilla, arene, guava Tiger nancitón, oak, etc.. abundant water (2 rivers and natural water unpolluted born on the property, I improved pasture. brizanta and Pará Caribbean temperature 20 ° minimum Celsius and 28 ° ideal for tourist and ecological vocation weather conditions Maximum Celsius Great for Brown-Swiss cattle, high yield Holstein milk.. 80% is mountain, 20% for agriculture Contains large house, corral, benefit, galley, coffee variety is Catimor, is not affected by rust and is the type cherry is ripe but not falling off the plant, so your chance to get something valuable especially for water at a spectacular price,. proper documents, the bank purchased property, to order their registration history.
Note to the reader: Farmstay El Porton Verde has nothing to do with this property.
What is the deal with this property?
I have found it on the Internet on a Spanish-language website and it looks like a great property! If you want to get in the coffee-growing business in a gorgeous area with two rivers and a natural spring this might be worth investigating. The water alone is very valuable, especially if you are considering a bug out location (BOL) or a survival retreat in a good climate with income.
Coffee as an Income-Producer
The coffee business has taken a big hit due to a plague that effects some varieties. According to the seller, this coffee hacienda has a variety not affected by the roya disease.
Other possible sources of Income
This also could be a great eco-tourism property too.
If you want more information and don’t speak Spanish
If you do have the cash and are serious about a setup like this, let me know and I can make inquiries for you.
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.
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.
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. Check in 2pm. Check out 12noon. Only cash on arrival. We accept PayPal and are listed on air bnb dot com. Cancellation policy 48 hours. Breakfast is included.
We have lodging for groups of up to 14.
Our deluxe apartment is pool front and has a queen-sized bed, its own bathroom, kitchen, living, and dining areas. $70 a night, sleeps 2. We can put a quality inflatable bed in the living area to host up to four ($13 per person for more than 2 occupants).
Our two budget bunk bed rooms are also pool front and share a bathroom. The bunk beds are both twin sized, so four close friends or a small family can sleep in comfort. $35 per night for two, an additional $13 per person if 3 or 4 share the room together.
Upstairs (no view, not pool front) is our standard, en- suite wheelchair-accessible room for folks with mobility challenges. This room sleeps two in a queen bed and has its own bathroom. $50 per night.
Our farmstay B&B is located five minutes from kilometer 10.5 of Carretera a Masaya (Road to Masaya from Managua) We are just eight minutes from the modern Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas, 10 minutes from the fine restaurants, shopping and entertainment of Managua, 25 minutes from the airport, 15 minutes to Masaya Volcano, 20 minutes to the artisan market of Masaya, 40 minutes to Granada, and 45 minutes to the nearest beaches. San Juan del Sur is 2 hours and 15 minutes away.
See our website for further details. elportonverde.co m
If you are in-country, call us at either 505 2279-9434 or 505 8861-7254. From the USA or Canada you can call 949-607- 8466.
Thanks again for looking!
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? 🙂
What are the Best Places to Live in Nicaragua?
There are many fine towns and a few real cities to choose from when deciding where to live in Nicaragua. Some of the factors influencing whether one town or city works best for your personal situation are:
- lifestyle preferences
- Spanish-speaking abilities
- financial situation
- personal health
- desires to live with or without other expatriates
There are many more factors in addition to those named above. We’ll tackle this topic on a broad level now and in further posts will break it down into some detail. If you have enjoyed this post, please comment below and encourage me to continue with this series!
Let’s get started with some broad strokes as to what whould be the best Nicaraguan city for you to live in.
Do you want to live in a city, town, village, or? Would you enjoy being in the center of the pueblo just a couple of streets off of the plaza? Or, do you prefer living a few minutes drive or bus away from the downtown? As with all things, there are pluses and minuses to each of these options and you need to find out for yourself what is best for you.
What about your Spanish-language skills? If you already have a fairly good handle on Spanish, then you are likely much more open to living wherever you want to in Nicaragua. Folks with limited Spanish and little-to-no ability to learn the language will probably be best suited to live in an area with a large existing expat community where you can speak English most everywhere you go.
Are finances a major consideration? If living on a fixed budget, even though your money goes much further in Nicaragua, you will still need to watch your spending habits and keep a reserve handy in case. Obviously, if you have a much more comfortable financial situation, then you can forego thinking about strategizing on money-saving schemes and live you life as you desire.
What about your health? Your age? Anything requiring regular checkups, medical specialists, tests and exams? That will affect your decisions too. Excellent health care is available in Nicaragua, but is not evenly distributed throughout the country. For the most part, Managua is where the best doctors and hospitals are located.
Do you prefer to live in a real Nicaraguan community or one with a sizeable expat population? Some people, usually those with limited Spanish skills, find themselves drawn to expat communities, of which there are not a lot to choose from in Nicaragua. Do you want to join the Kiwanas club or the American Legion? If that is the sort of social life you envision then your options are limited as regards Nicaragua. Or, do you want to live as completely as possible with Nicaraguans in a Spanish-speaking community? This question also speaks to your needs for a social life. Some folks are just fine by themselves or the occasional meetup with friends, and some are real “joiners” that want to be part of every bridge club, charity event, volunteering at the schools, hospitals, orphanages, etc. Which are you?
Weather is another important consideration. Luckily, in Nicaragua one can choose what kind of weather they like. Warm and hot is the norm here, but there are mountainous areas that are great for that “perpetual spring” climate. As you get to live here awhile, a slight change in temperature can make the difference between sweating and being miserable or quite comfortable.
Transportation is important too. It is not too difficult to live without a car in Nicaragua and in some places it offers a distinct advantage to not drive! Buses and taxis are usually very available and mostly inexpensive. Driving here has its challenges, but of course offers freedom of movement that relying on public transportation just does not offer.
Finally, what amenities are important to you? For example, are you a shopaholic? There aren’t too many shopping malls in Nicaragua and most of them are in Managua. Are first-run movies in brand-new theaters your thing? Again, the capital has those but are not very well distributed outside of Managua. What about nightlife? Culture? Art? Poetry? Live music? A variety of different types of restaurants? I always recommend you be clear with yourself that if you feel you need these amenities, don’t go moving out to the coast where it takes an hour or two to find some of these things. Be real with yourself and admit you like eating sushi and seeing a musical play live once in a while!
Okay, that is the end of this edition. I plan on writing more of these and going into further detail on each and every consideration to help make your move to Nicaragua a good one! Please share, Like, or comment!
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!
The Nicaragua Lifestyle Conference
The Nicaragua Lifestyle Conference is a jammed packed information day for retirees, entrepreneurs, investors, – expats and future expats, all of those, in fact, considering Nicaragua as a relocation destination.
The Nicaragua Lifestyle Conference taking place May 15, 2013 in Managua is designed with these people in mind.
It can be one of the biggest decisions in your life – to move offshore, (immigrate) to another country. Some have done it all blindly and met up with complications and roadblocks, twists and turns along the way making it a very bumpy road, indeed. However, there is an easier way of doing things. Learn from the experts to to navigate the path to relocate your business and your life.
The Nicaragua Lifestyle Conference will educate you. Learn from others who have done the thing you have now decided to do with your life. Our featured presenters will show you the ropes. Residency, immigration, legal issues, title insurance, healthcare. Whatever your reason to leave, whether for a need to get back to basics, escape the rat race, seek healthcare that is excellent and reasonbly priced, economic factors, or just an extreme dislike of winter weather, this is one conference you should not miss.
- Mike Cobb, CEO and Chairman of ECI Development
- Sergio Corrales, Attorney and Managing Partner at Garcia & Bodan (G&B)
- Chale Espinosa, Real Estate Investment
- Maria Amanda Hurtado, of Title Coordination Services (TCS)
- Arlen Pérez, Metropolitano Vivian Pellas Hospital in Managua
Read more about who’s presenting at the Conference here.
When: May 15, 2013
Where: Hotel Contempo, Managua, Nicaragua
$69 per person – in advance.
$75 per person at the door. Lunch is included
The Nicaragua Lifestyle Conference is a great opportunity to network with business professionals and expats in Nicaragua. Make some new contacts and friends, build your network. Find out what you need to know – before you take that giant step forward.
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