Third Earthquake Shakes Nicaragua In Week

You have probably heard that we have had quite a few earthquakes and aftershocks in the last three or four days. As an update specific to visitors or potential visitors to Farmstay El Porton Verde, we have had no damage, the lights are on, we have water, essentially things are normal here.

Last night two earthquakes shook the area in the old downtown Managua area, the temblor came from the same fault line that created the devastation of the December 23rd, 1972 earthquake. So naturally, people are scared.

We are located away from main fault lines, but close enough to feel any quakes. The Farmstay is located near the U in Managua as seen below.

Managua Earthquake FaultsSo…anyway. This is the latest update from the Farmstay regarding the recent earthquakes in Nicaragua. Stay safe out there!


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

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

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.

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.

Peaceful and relaxing end to our stay in Nica! – Review of Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua, Nicaragua – TripAdvisor

Peaceful and relaxing end to our stay in Nica! – Review of Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua, Nicaragua – TripAdvisor.

View from the Farmstay

Thank you for the kind review!

Thank you for the kind review!

Thank you to Hayley for the super KIND review! Y’all come back again soon, y’hear?

Your best bet to be near Managua but not “in” Managua!

Your best bet to be near Managua but not “in” Managua!.

While the great majority of visitors to Nicaragua are intent on getting out to the Corn Islands, San Juan del Sur, Ometepe Island, Granada or Leon (among other great spots…) as soon as they land at Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA), due to flight schedules, a good amount of tourists will need to look for lodging that first night in a place closer to the capital city of Managua.

But Managua has a bad reputation, and although it is much better then it used to be, visually as well as attractions-wise, it still isn’t the first place that people think of when they think of their Nicaragua vacation destination. So, for visitors who are getting in late (or visitors whose flights depart early), we at Farmstay El Porton Verde offer a good alternative. You do not have to stay in a chain hotel downtown or across from the airport!

You can stay at a very tranquil and peaceful location with fabulous views of volcanoes and forested hills, on a working farm at an elevation of 1,000 feet above sea level, where it is cooler and there is almost always a pleasant breeze.

That’s what is behind the concept of being near Managua, but not “in” Managua. I’d be interested to hear your comments or questions below.

Top Five Reasons to Stay at FEPV Instead of in Granada

I just want to preface this by saying that staying in Granada is great, actually.

For certain visitors, Granada is the best place to start your Nicaraguan adventure, that is for certain. If you want to be in a city where there is a thriving expat community, where not speaking Spanish at all or very well will not be too much of an impediment to your getting around and enjoying what the town has to offer, then Granada is a good starting place for your Nicaraguan vacation or volunteering then vacationing visit to this country.

So I am not bashing Granada, are we clear?

So now that is out of the way, here’s the deal…a list if you will:

  1. Cooler weather
  2. Privacy in your own Private Mini-Resort
  3. Best views
  4. Closer to the Managua Airport (MGA)
  5. Quiet and Tranquil Ambience

I have some more reasons to but that is enough for the moment. Let’s cover each of these in turn.

Weather: The farmstay is at 1,000 feet or 300 meters elevation. This may not sound like much, but the only real variant in the climate in a tropical country is the altitude. Managua, Granada, Leon, and of course San Juan del Sur are all just slightly over sea level. The farmstay is in a unique microclimate, a wooded valley exposed to the trade winds where there is a nearly constant breeze. Due to this privileged location, temperatures on the farm can be at least 10 degrees Fahrenheit less then in the hot and sometimes muggy cities.

Privacy in your own mini-resort: The farmstay only has four rooms and one apartment at present, so it is possible to have the whole place to yourself. This is especially true when one rents the deluxe apartment, and the two bunk bed rooms. A group of up to 10 or 12 will have the whole poolfront area to themselves.

Best views: Seeing at least one and sometimes two volcanoes; one of which is active and smokes constantly, plus a wooded valley and a forested hillside/mini-mountain within fifteen minutes of downtown Managua is a tremendous view that is unique to the farmstay

Closer to Managua Airport: The airport is 25 minutes away, about 20 minutes closer then Granada.

Quiet and tranquil ambience: The farm is a working farm in an area that is still mostly family-owned haciendas (both my next door neighbors have been in Comarca San Antonio Sur for 40 years or so). Yes, the first time you come, you will notice that we are off the highway quite a bit. There are no discos or bars nearby. The neighbors do not play loud music. There are more oxen carts rolling past the front of the farm then there are private cars. Several guests have remarked that the farmstay’s location is the quietest environment they have experienced in all of Nicaragua!

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Our pineapples are coming along nicely!

Don’t mind the look on Don Chalillo’s face :)

Our pineapple patch is looking good. The pineapples we planted about four or five months ago are already almost ready to start getting picked. So when you come and visit, if you like sweet pineapples, these are what you will be eating for your fruit during breakfast!