Ometepe empowers rural tourism • El Nuevo Diario

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The calm waters of Lake Nicaragua represent a source of income for artisanal fishermen Ruth Martinez and 29 other members of the Israel Cooperative in the municipality of Moyogalpa on Ometepe.

But starting this weekend, the office that this group has developed throughout her life will experience a leap of quality.

“Another livelihood for fishermen who will offer kayak tours, boat, some crafts and the possibility that the visitor can learn how to fish with bait, cast net or seine” says Martinez, who from now on will be a small business owner at the Eco Efficiency Center in Punta Jesus Maria, which opened on Saturday by representatives of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur), the European Union, the Cleaner Production Centre, the Luxembourg Agency for Development Cooperation and the municipality of Moyogalpa.

Local development

Efficient Eco Center, together with the Floral Trail, located in the reserve of the Concepción volcano and ferry station infrastructure Puerto Las Brisas, in the town of Altagracia, part of the Project to Support Local Economic Development through Colonial and Volcano Routes since 2012 driving in six departments of the Pacific the above organizations and ending in December: Tourism sector.

Sendero Concepción volcano– Sendero Concepción volcano –

According to Marc Riehl, regional director of the Luxembourg Agency for Development Cooperation, the project has earmarked an amount of 8.2 million euros, 3 million of that total was spent for the benefit of 19 local tourism initiatives in the Pacific country.Intervention in these three initiatives approved in the case of the island of Ometepe to strengthen local capacities in services, infrastructure and development of tourist circuits.

“The most important aspect of the project is to work with communities, because subsidies have been given to NGOs, cooperatives and municipal governments, it is most important to us, that the money gets to the people and that can have an impact in the lives of people, “said Riehl.

Maria Miriam Potoy, representative of the Foundation among Volcanoes, shared that with the implementation of the project was able to form the Union of Tourist Guides of the island and Rural Network Ometepe Tourism.

“In the case of the Union of Guides became a formal cooperative composed of 17 members, while the network currently encompasses 11 initiatives,” said Potoy.
According to Potoy, members of both initiatives have been trained in areas such as tourism management, accounting, marketing and service improvement, especially with regard to advertising campaigns via the Internet.

Among the beneficiaries are members of the cooperative artisanal fishermen Israel in Punta Jesus Maria.

What will be offered?

According to Walter Ponce, coordinator of the Rural Tourism Network, living with families on the island, adventure and natural landscapes are part of the strengths that the beneficiaries may explode.

“The options are promoting include boating, riding, cycling, nature-friendly activities. Also living together in houses of native people, and elements related to the ancestral part of the island, shared Ponce.

Meanwhile, Roger Arcia, micro Punta de Jesus Maria said that apart from the option of learning to fish, tourists also have the chance to taste the local cuisine and entertainment in top condition.

The Island (Ometepe) is one of the main destinations for visitors, the vast majority are foreigners, but also domestic tourists, “says Anasha Campbell, co-director of Intur.

Punta Jesus Maria five modules have been built where visitors will be offered food, drink and crafts typical of the island. Meanwhile, Maria Leticia Salazar, project coordinator, said that the complex will allow the population of Moyogalpa have a tidy and suitable for space tourism potential of the municipality.

“Those who came visiting us for a while and then went to the other town, where infrastructure exists r Qu, with the first phase we hope to start to change that,” added Salazar.

While in the path La Flora in Concepcion volcano, which is under the responsibility of the Cooperative Union of Tourist Guides of Ometepe, we want to encourage this option as a major Moyogalpa.

“In the first 500 meters an agricultural intervention that keeps you in touch with nature, in the second part of the tour you can see a lot of species of trees, bird watching, herds of howler monkeys, white face is seen and variety of reptiles and amphibians, “said Jose Antonio Argeñal, coordinator of volunteer rangers on the island of Ometepe.

Important Enclave

Anasha Campbell, co-director of Intur, stressed the importance of Ometepe as a key tourism enclave both nationally and internationally, so that strengthening the capacity of local tourism businesses is an essential step.

“The island is one of the main destinations for visitors, the vast majority are foreigners, but also the national economy, in the case of those who visit believe that spending is higher than the average in the rest of the country (40-42 dollars), because it involves transported to the island, stay on the island, buy local crafts, “said Campbell.

According to the co-director of Intur, from January to July this year the flow of tourists has grown by 4.4 percent over the same period last year.

“In July last year we received nearly 700,000 visitors, this year the figure exceeds 800,000
tourists, “Campbell said.

  • The Eco Efficient Punta de Jesus Maria, the complex path Floral Volcano Conception and construction of infrastructure waiting room Puerto Las Brisas in Altagracia, the three projects are developed on the island of Ometepe; with a total investment of 567.445 euros.

Source: Ometepe potencia el turismo rural • El Nuevo Diario

This is a good story, another good data point for those following Nicaraguan tourism and it’s development. The story says 800,000 tourists are visiting in 2015 with 700,000 visiting the year before. That is a lot of visitors!

Teaching tourists the traditional fishing techniques, offering kayaks and such, is all good. Equally, I’m glad to hear that better infrastructure in general is in place and other projects soon to come. Congratulations Ometepe Island, you are definitely on the list of most-visited places for tourists in Nicaragua. I would guess Granada and San Juan del Sur would be the other in the top-three. Opinions?

The monstrosity of the Canal| La Prensa

The monstrosity of the Canal

By: Ernesto Cardenal

Author and poet Ernesto Cardenal

Author and poet Ernesto Cardenal

We need to expose to the world what is happening in Nicaragua.

President Daniel Ortega, with the all-embracing power that he and his wife have in this country, had the National Congress create and approve (in one day) a law for the construction of the Interoceanic Canal. The people were not consulted at all about this law. The day after the law was passed, a concession was granted  with dizzying speed, although it will affect Nicaragua for over one hundred years. The award was made to a previously unknown Chinese named Wang Jing. The award only grants rights to Wang Jing but does not impose any obligations.

The grant was made without any previous study, as President Ortega himself has said.

The grant requires that all information about the construction of the Canal will remain confidential.

The grant, which was made without any bidding, includes an airport, two ports, a railway and two free trade zones.

National territory has been given so that these works can be carried out where Wang Jing wants and he will have all the permissions to make whatever decisions that may be required. He will have complete license, permit or authorization that he will ever need.

The State of Nicaragua will not receive a single penny in taxes or charges for any of the works.

Under the agreement the Chinese company signed, they are beyond national law, free of responsibility for any administrative, civil or criminal liability or penalty, even if they default on their obligations.

The law is contradictory to many aspects of our Constitution.

It also contradicts other projects that might be more profitable in the long term than cutting apart in two the tourist corridor of the Pacific.

The famed Humboldt Center has stated that the construction of this canal and its Project Partners are the biggest threat to environmental conditions in the country’s history. They also claimed that this concession exempts all Project Partners from compliance with environmental legislation which may be exposing the country to irreversible ecological destruction.

The State of Nicaragua would receive one percent of the shares each year, and in one hundred years would have one hundred percent of the shares.

With every passing ship, a huge amount of fresh water would go to the sea.

The Great Lake of Nicaragua will only have one utility: navigation. We cannot produce food through irrigation, we can only see boats passing by.

Nor can we drink water from the lake. We must also take into account that many people live by fishing in the lake and now they will not have that as an option.

All our water, surface and underground will be given to a Chinese man.

To the owners of the land that will be expropriated by this Chinese man will pay a price for the land at the land registry (i.e. tax declaration) value and not market value.

36 cities would be affected by the loss of the lake, as well as many smaller towns.

The Isletas of Granada will disappear because he locks will raise the lake level by two meters.

This nightmare scenario is what President Daniel Ortega calls the “Promised Land.”

Many experts say that Nicaragua would earn more by selling potable drinking water than from the income of a canal that won’t be ours for a hundred years.

With this Canal, the country will be divided into two, the Nicaragua North and South, as there were two Germanys and as there are two Koreas. There will be two distinct populations of animals (except those that can fly) that will be different over time. which will hurt our biodiversity.

Solentiname has been declared a national monument, but without the lake there will be no more Solentiname. Someone from over there said: “I’ll be eating a lot of fish, afterwards there will be no more because all the fish will be canned by the Chinese.”

With this Canal, Lake Nicaragua, which for us is a great blessing of God, will become a curse.

Doing away with Lake Nicaragua would be the greatest crime in the history of our country, and Ortega would become a more abominable figure than William Walker$.

via The monstrosity Channel | The Press News.

Very clear and direct words from a great Nicaraguan poet and writer, Ernesto Cardenal. I hadn’t thought about the idea that the isletas will basically disappear with a rise in the lake levels of 6 feet, but it makes sense.

Nicaraguan Insiders tell me that this is just a land grab. As I’ve posted elsewhere on this site, lets hope the worst case scenario does not come to pass. Please share far and wide!

Laguna de Apoyo – RE/MAX Nicaragua Real Estate




Unique property ID: LA410

Location: Laguna de Apoyo

Beds: 6

Baths: 7

Floors: 2

Lot Size: 900 sq mts

Status: Active

Price: $210,000

Full Description: Located on the shore of the beautiful Crater lake known as Laguna de Apoyo in a quiet enviroment, surrounded by the nature, monkeys, birds and the the lake, Great vaction home or a Hostal, great acces, the six rooms and three bathrooms are great with nice views and all comfortable, all of them with a/c split unit and ceiling fans, there’s parking area, laundry area.


  1. A/C
  2. Balcony views
  3. Ceiling fans
  4. Furnished
  5. Garden
  6. Lake front
  7. Terrace
  8. Turnkey
  9. Two Floors
  10. washer machine

via RE/MAX Nicaragua Real Estate – RE/MAX Nicaragua Real Estate.

Our friends the “Alaska Kings” sent us this link to this property saying “I want this place.” Can’t say that I blame him!

If you would like to check out Laguna de Apoyo for yourself, go ahead and make your reservation for your airfare, let us know when you are coming, and we’ll be there to pick you up at the airport for your “soft landing” service. Then the next day or so, it is a quick hop over to Laguna de Apoyo where there are some lovely properties to stay at. Or, the Laguna is an excellent day trip too.

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 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.

Best Cities to Live in Nicaragua

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
  • weather
  • transportation
  • amenities

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!

Island Properties Granada | venta | Beautiful Island for Sale : USD 125000.00

Island Properties Granada | venta | Beautiful Island for Sale : USD 125000.00.
Beautiful Island for Sale

Property Information

Location: Granada
Price $125,000.00
Price/m2 of land $63.67
Construction size m2 0
Lot Size in m2 1963


Ref: 00000420
Beautiful island, has 3 bedrooms, bathroom, living – dining room, covered terrace, a dock for 2 boats, water tank, water pump, power plant, overlooking the Zapatera Island.

Lot area: 2,787.76 vrs2

If you’ve ever wanted to own your very own island, this is your chance!  This is one of the famous Isletas de Granada, just offshore from the colonial city of Granada. There are some lovely properties owned by wealthy Nicaraguans and expat investors out there on the isletas. Some of the homes are quite beautiful and luxurious. If you’ve never been to visit las Isletas, I highly recommend it!

The Nicaragua Lifestyle Conference

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.

Featured Speakers:

  • 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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Laguna de Apoyo, the beauty of an ancient volcanic explosion · El Nuevo Diario

Laguna de Apoyo, the beauty of an ancient volcanic explosion · El Nuevo Diario.

The surrounding forest is dry tropics and Support was declared a Nature Reserve in 1991. Among the dominant trees on its slopes are the guanaco, pochote, Nambar, mahogany, ceiba and sapodilla, plus a range of orchids

Orlando Valenzuela | Destinos

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Less than 40 kilometers from Managua, where more than 23,000 years there was a gigantic volcanic explosion, today is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Nicaragua: the Laguna de Apoyo. This site recreational waters characterized by ecological and comfortable hotels, is part of an adventure to be lived and enjoyed from the crater of a volcano.

More than 23,000 years, a volcanic eruption formed a caldera 6 km in diameter, which eventually accumulated groundwater and rainwater into a lagoon slopes covered with vegetation. Today is the Laguna de Apoyo tourist destination, just 40 kilometers from Managua, capital of Nicaragua.

This volcanic lake is between the departments of Masaya and Granada and its slopes and costs are shared by the municipalities of Catarina, San Juan de Oriente, say and Granada.

The surrounding forest is dry tropics and Support was declared a Nature Reserve in 1991. Among the dominant trees on its slopes are the guanaco, pochote, Nambar, mahogany, ceiba and sapodilla, plus a range of orchids.

The birds most commonly seen in the vicinity of the lake are the guardabarranco, mockingbird, chocoyo and parakeet. Mammalian species are squirrel, anteater, deer, howler monkeys, white-faced monkey, lion and guardatinaja. It is also common to see reptiles like green iguanas, black iguana, lizard and boa snakes, rattlesnakes, coral snakes and rat and mica.

Bilmara Bermudez, a resident of Valley of Laguna, works in a hotel on the coast of Support and says that the residents of the area have received economic benefits of tourism.

Waking up to the sound of birds

You reach the lake by a fairly steep road. Then there are hotels along the coast. Support Villas is the largest and has 58 double apartments and eight villas, swimming pool, conference room for 120 people and a restaurant. The rooms are among the vegetation in the uneven edge of the lagoon.

Zavala Azariah, general manager of the hotel, says tourists here enjoy tranquility between wild nature and appreciating the calm waters of the lagoon, the largest volcanic in Nicaragua.

Guests wake up to the chirping of birds or the howling of wild howler monkeys, a species that abound in this forest.

On the day, tourists can do horseback riding, swimming, rowing or enjoy the SPA. Opposite the hotel is the restaurant Norome Villas, where you can eat fresh fish from the lake.

Further south along the coast, is the San Damiano hotel and restaurant, which offers five simple huts, rustic, with capacity for 15 people.Alongside is a small beach, where there are the kayak to navigate the lagoon and lazy hammocks for relaxing or reading.

The price of accommodation is U.S. $ 55.00 per night for two people, including breakfast. For the day, use the kayaks and hammocks, foreigners pay the equivalent of U.S. $ 5.00 and U.S. $ 2.50 Nicaraguans.

Pizzas in honor of mud

On the other side, in the northeast part of the lake is the Monkey Hut guesthouse with three bedrooms and sleeps 18 people. Here charge $ 6.00 per day per person, with the right to use the kayaks, hammocks, beach chairs, wireless internet access and coffee.

The Monkey has no restaurant, but offers artisan pizzas, made in clay oven with firewood. Makes Sergio Ruiz Hotel exvigilante learned that culinary art with Argentine and Italian guests, several years ago.Prepare Neapolitan pizza, pepperoni, ham, vegetarian, Hawaiian. His specialty is pizza Sergio, with tomato and pepperoni.

“The thing I do is crispy pizza, thin, very rich,” said Ruiz, who is proud when you hear someone say “Monkey pizzas are very good.”

The natural landscape is what attracts visitors and Dimitri Dolci and his twin brother Quentin. They came from San Diego, California, and after spending a few days in San Juan del Sur and Granada were to visit the Laguna de Apoyo.

“Yesterday we went on a tour to Masaya volcano and we were to stay in Granada, but returned to the Laguna de Apoyo because it is a very pleasant atmosphere. Then we go to the North, “said Dimitri.

Enough fresh air lagun

If you are looking for a place to rest in rooms between trees, but with access to technology, the Riviera Hotel Selva offers that.

In its construction combines volcanic rock, lava stone, flagstone, stone quarry and river. Sample exotic decorative plants like palms of Madagascar and Thailand and the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. The rooms are made of bamboo and wood, with wide windows, cabins, swimming pools and private terraces.

Some rooms have double beds, plasma TVs, sky signal, internet, jacuzzi and refrigerator. There are nine rooms with rates ranging between U.S. $ 50.00 and U.S. $ 70.00 per night.

“These rooms do not need range because they are very fresh, the air coming from the lagoon. So you sleep with the windows open, “said Jim Roberts, owner of the Blue Forest.

Ensures that tourism has grown in the Laguna de Apoyo, so there is already a deficit of rooms.

In the northeast, confused between the forest, is also the hotel and restaurant Grandmother, surrounded by lush trees and gardens. It can accommodate 45 people in 13 rooms, among these six double cabins with balconies, from where you get all the lagoon and the green ring that seals it.

Here is a floating dock and tourists can walk along the edges, to watch birds and plants. The night accommodation at a cost of $ 70.00 per couple with breakfast.

“We are as country inns Community of Central America because we support the community, preserve nature, environment, process organic waste, waste water. So we are an ecolodge “says Vilma Valenzuela, owner of Grandma.

There are other hotels like paradise and Support Lodge, and the possibility of extreme sports, whether paragliding, diving, boating, sailing and hiking or riding in the reserve.

There are three entrances to the Laguna de Apoyo. A road between Masaya-Granada, one for the road-Catarina and Masaya the town of Catarina. There is a public transport bus drops twice daily to plan the lagoon. Exits the municipal market in the city of Masaya. You can also take a motorcycle taxi or a cab to get to the shores of the lagoon.

Models: Carina and Miguel Mercado Gurdian JEFASHION’S Agency 
Location: Hotel Villas Supporter.

on the water (laguna de apoyo)

on the water.

incredable open house design sitting above the water of Laguna Apoyo. 2 br 2 bath, open kitchen and large sala and patio. one of three houses for sale. sales price $239,000 

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This is an example of a property located in Laguna de Apoyo, which is nicely situated between Granada and Masaya. The laguna is a natural lake formed in the center of an extinct volcano. The waters are said to have curative powers! Lakeside living in a place of great natural beauty? Sounds pretty good to me!

If Apoyo is on your radar as a nice place to live, this might be your dream property!