14 stunning photos of exploration in the Masaya volcano • El Nuevo Diario

The images shared by Sam Cossman after the first week of work in the active volcano

Source: 14 stunning photos of exploration in the Masaya volcano • El Nuevo Diario

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The Team of Sam Cossman installs 80 sensors in the interior of the Masaya Volcano.

First Luxury Countryside Resort Opens in Nicaragua | Business Wire

First Luxury Countryside Resort Opens in Nicaragua

Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat, an Intimate Eight-Room Nature-Driven Property Located on Expansive 1,300-Acre Reserve, Fosters a Spirit of Exploration, Adventure and Wellbeing

Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat (Photo: Business Wire)

Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat (Photo: Business Wire)

NANDAIME, Nicaragua–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat, an intimate eight-room property located on a 1,300-acre nature reserve in Nicaragua, today debuts as the country’s first luxury countryside resort. Located 30 minutes from the historic colonial town of Granada, Nekupe fosters a spirit of exploration, adventure and wellbeing through its understated and culturally sensitive design that was influenced by Feng Shui principles, immersive activities, and indoor, outdoor living that provides guests with a rich sense of place.

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Experiences at Nekupe are rooted in an active-outdoor lifestyle ideal for multi-generational families, groups of friends or adventurous retreats that include exploration, hiking, tennis, horseback riding, sporting clay and target shooting, and more. These activities are complemented by opportunities for thoughtful inner reflection through mountain-top yoga overlooking majestic views of Mombacho Volcano, outdoor spa treatments utilizing native ingredients, meditation and nature walks.

Nekupe was conceived as a private family retreat by Nicaraguan philanthropists Don Alfredo Pellas and Doña Theresita Pellas, avid travelers and adventure enthusiasts whose commitment to nature is exhibited through the resort’s core principle of respect for the environment. They created a sanctuary, reforesting more than 14,000 trees, building water reservoirs, and nurturing local wildlife, with the desire of cultivating a destination where guests may enjoy shared experiences in a meaningful way.

“Nekupe, which means ‘heaven’ in Chorotega – the indigenous language of a native tribe in Nicaragua, has been a true passion to bring to life, driven by the love for our country, its breathtakingly raw beauty, cultural heritage and kind people,” said Don Alfredo Pellas. “We are excited to see Nekupe and Nicaragua evolve into destinations where guests will reconnect with nature and each other through relaxing and invigorating experiences.”

  • Accommodations – Guests may buy out the entire eight-room resort or book any of the following accommodations individually. Each room comes with a luxury ATV to navigate the miles of natural terrain.
    • La Residencia de Doña Theresita – Perched atop a hill to allow for views across the reserve and out to Mombacho Volcano is the 24,000-square-foot main residential compound, La Residencia de Doña Theresita. The residence houses two grand suites, each measuring 1,300 square feet, which overlook a 1,900-square-foot deck that includes an infinity plunge pool with grand vistas of the deep forest. It also houses two standard 870-square-foot suites, a full kitchen and recreational pool.
    • Villas – Four standalone villas that range from 700-1,000 square feet, each with an open terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows, are nestled along the countryside offering guests an immersive indoor/outdoor experience. Guests will enjoy access to the neighboring dry river outlined with giant bromeliads and impressive rock fountains.
  • Central Lobby – Nekupe’s central lobby, Casa Club, is a communal space with airy living and lounge options to enjoy a cocktail or convene to coordinate the day’s activities. The 10,800-square-foot lounge also houses the resort’s restaurant, Don Alfredo’s, a gift shop and pool court where guests may take in panoramic views of the Nicaraguan landscape, including a stunning view of Nicaragua’s majestic Mombacho Volcano.
  • Outdoor Pursuits – Nekupe’s incomparable setting is highlighted by its roster of extraordinary outdoor experiences taking advantage of the varied terrain full of trails, manmade nature pools and babbling creeks. A designated Ranger Center will guide guests through on- and off-site activities including:
    • On-site: Horseback riding, sporting clay and target shooting, ropes course, fully equipped fitness center, tennis, butterfly and birdwatching, stargazing, marimba classes, swimming in the recreational pool and folkloric dance lessons.
    • Off-site: Day tours to Granada and the Islets, volcano hiking and sandboarding, surfing, golfing, cultural tours and coffee plantation tours.
  • Culinary Offerings – Guests will enjoy traditional Nicaraguan dishes with a modern interpretation using a bounty of native ingredients, inspired by Doña Theresita’s own cooking and sourced from the on-site garden and local purveyor. For those in search of more bespoke menu items, the resort’s chef may customize any meal to suit culinary needs. An outdoor chef’s table and exhibition kitchen serves as the backdrop for cooking classes and bespoke dinners. Hand-crafted cocktails and cigar and rum tastings complement the culinary delights.
  • Wellness – A sanctuary for the soul, Nekupe’s peaceful and intimate reserve serves as a restorative destination that invites guests to benefit from the area’s healing energy and attributes. Travelers are invited to embrace the calm and inner peace afforded by this natural countryside oasis through meditative practices on the resort’s expansive yoga deck that overlooks the rolling reserve out to Concepción and Maderas Volcanos.
  • Chapel – Perched atop one of the highest points in the nature reserve and surrounded by trees that bloom the fragrant sacuanjoche flower, lies the resort’s Chapel San Francisco de Asis. With stone walls and wooden trim, the stately venue immediately impresses with its simple, yet elegant nature; thoughtful design, including an Italian bell customized for Don Alfredo and Doña Theresita; and breathtaking fountain that streams water to the baptistery. Whether guests opt for a leisure stroll or ride up the hill, they will take solace in the calming energy of the journey. The chapel is available for guests to meditate and use as a venue for intimate weddings and events.
  • Spa – A cornerstone of the resort, Nekupe Spa gives more than a nod to its inspired location set amidst lush vegetation. Embracing all energy points of the property, select native-based treatments utilizing natural ingredients will be available in the Casa Club and designated meadows within the reserve starting November 2016. The spa’s full concept will debut in 2017. Guests will enjoy views of the sprawling locale and hear nature’s meditative soundtrack while experiencing restorative treatments created to nourish and restore in this unspoiled setting.

Nekupe, an hour-and-a-half drive from Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport, will offer rates beginning at $750 per night. Rates include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks; non-alcoholic beverages; one ATV per accommodation; and select activities on property. For reservations and additional information, visit www.nekupe.com.

Nicaragua, known as the land of lakes and volcanoes, is Central America’s hottest travel destination. It offers travelers one-of-a-kind experiences due to its vast natural beauty – all set amidst a backdrop of striking colonial architecture, charming culture and the warmth of its people.

About Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat

Nicaragua’s first luxury countryside resort, Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat, is an intimate eight-room property located on a 1,300-acre nature reserve. Offering a seamless confluence of sustainable nature-based design with Feng Shui influences, rich Nicaraguan culture and warm hospitality, the property effortlessly blends with the environment to nurture exploration, adventure and wellbeing. Nekupe is the vision of Nicaraguan philanthropists Don Alfredo and Doña Theresita Pellas, avid travelers and adventure enthusiasts whose commitment to nature is exhibited through the resort’s core principles of respect and stewardship of the environment.


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Transportation to Granada: Late flight to MGA, best way to get to Granada at midnight? – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

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4. Re: Late flight to MGA, best way to get to Granada at midnight? Feb 03, 2016, 1:09 PM

Greetings Amen9: You are saying things that aren’t so, it would be nice for the readers of this forum to know why…of course I already know why! Anyway…


Thanks for giving me the opportunity to clarify for you and the readers El Porton Verde’s location and ambiance.


We are at 1,000 feet elevation so the nights are always cool. Views of two volcanoes, forested hills and plains. On a working eight acre farm full of fruit trees, plantains, bananas, pineapples, etc. Location is 10 minutes to a fancy Managua shopping mall, five minutes to the best hospital, 15 minutes to Masaya Volcano, 20 minutes to the town of Masaya, 25 minutes to MGA.


We are less than an hour from 4 of the top 10 things to do in Nicaragua. And none of those places are in the city of Managua!


Plus, Managua has improved considerably and there are world-class things to do and see in the city now. So thanks for asking! Take a look at my website and you’ll see I’m not stuck anywhere. We already know you have a hidden vested interest in promoting Granada. (Speaking of stuck!)


Just because you don’t like to hear that there are really nice options besides just going straightaway to Granada doen’t mean that they don’t exist. At least I am transparent with the readers of this forum. It’d be nice if you did the same…have a great day!


Mike @ El Portón Verde, Managua

Source: Late flight to MGA, best way to get to Granada at midnight? – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

Either way is cool, but ask yourself, do you want to wake up to this:

Transportation to Granada

Panoramic view from the porch of El Portón Verde

Or this for your first morning in Nicaragua, your choice!

Late flight to MGA

Expat central, La Calzada, Granada at night

Avid Birdwatchers See 45 Species in and around El Portón Verde!

Birdwatchers Rule! Big-Time Birdwatching at El Portón Verde and El Chocoyero

Hi dear reader(s) and birdwatchers:

EPV recently hosted a very lovely couple, John and Bonnie, who came to us from Minnesota and are active & avid birdwatchers! They stayed with us, as do many of our visitors, on their first and last nights (2 nights at first, fthen three nights at the end) in Nicaragua. I wanted to share some photos and videos of them enjoying their fantastic hobby of birdwatching.

Usually when we go to Chocoyero/El Brujo Natural Reserve, the hike to the falls is only 15 or 20 minutes but not so in this case; it took the better part of an hour! And why? Because we were seeing so many bird and butterfly species that it took longer to walk the kilometer or so from the Visitor Center to the El Chocoyero Waterfall.

We also had an excellent guide, which of course helps as he knows the local birds and has a keen eye for seeing them!

birdwatching El Porton Verde

Waterfall and cliff face with hundreds of Pacific Parrots nesting.

birdwatching El Porton Verde

El Chocoyero Nature Reserve

birdwatching El Porton Verde

Partial List of Birds found at El Portón Verde

birdwatching El Portón Verde

More birds, including those found at El Chocoyero and Masaya Volcano National Park

birdwatching El Portón Verde

Our visitors, avid birdwatchers, enjoyed their visit to see El Chocoyero



El Chocoyero Nature Reserve, Ticuantepe

More on Avid Birdwatchers

I hope you enjoyed this post about Avid Birdwatchers and if you are an avid birdwatcher, please consider coming to stay with us so you can add to our list!

From Wikipedia:

Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve (Spanish: Reserva Natural El Chocoyero-El Brujo) is located in the municipality of Ticuantepe in the Managua department of Nicaragua. Chocoyero-El Brujo is one of 78 protected areas in Nicaragua, and at just 455 acres (1.8 km2) this tropical forest is one of the smallest in size. Chocoyero-El Brujo was declared a natural reserve in 1993 is managed by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA).[1]

More at the link!


HELP! Need a Guide for a Day in Managua – Managua Forum – TripAdvisor

8. Re: HELP! Need a Guide for a Day in Managua

Apr 20, 2015, 11:23 AM

Just wanted to report back and let everyone know how my experience was! My husband and I hired Mike from El Porton Verde to guide us around Managua and we had an absolutely wonderful time! We visited the Masaya volcano, the artisan’s market, the Plaza de la Revolucion, the Coyotepe fortification, and some great scenic views. His price was wonderful and we had a great time spending the day with him and enjoying the city. Seeing an active volcano up close was an awesome experience and was the highlight of our trip. We definitely plan on returning 🙂 Thanks again Mike!

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9. Re: HELP! Need a Guide for a Day in Managua
Fantastic, I am humbled by your rec for the great tour we had and so glad you had fun! We certainly had a busy day and filled up those eight or so hours with lots of activities and sights! Come back and stay with us next time…

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua



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Mike was very helpful with our traveling logistics, he picked us up from the airport for $20 and helped us get cordobas and on a bus the next day . His farm,family and Bnb were all lovely . His wife made a delicious local breakfast and mike gave us a tour of the farm . We enjoyed the quiet location and pool. Thanks so Much Mike , Tara and señor Micky!

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Wouldn´t a day or two of relaxing (w/local tour options) be better?

5br – Wouldn´t a day or two of relaxing (w/local tour options) be better? (km 10 1/2 C. a Masaya, Managua)

New advertisement for the Farmstay to be published in the upcoming issue of Right Side Guide! Thanks Casey!

New advertisement for the Farmstay to be published in the upcoming issue of Right Side Guide! Thanks Casey!

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

Ranked #1 in the Specialty lodging category in Managua on TripAdvisor!
Ocupa el puesto # 1 en la categoría de otros alojamientos en Managua en TripAdvisor!

About the Farmstay

Located in Managua, but being here feels like a world away. . .visit us at: http://www.elportonverde.com/

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.

via Wouldn´t a day or two of relaxing (w/local tour options) be better?.

We have had the fortunate experience of having a string of European visitors to the Farmstay, and it got me to thinking that this may be a great market segment for us. First we had three different single female travelers stay with us for two nights each, from Germany, Holland, and then Germany again. Then we had two couples stay two nights with us who were from England and Holland.

So it got me to thinking that the European visitor to Nicaragua has traveled about 24 hours to get here, and they are very happy to have our famous “soft landing service” where we pick the visitors up at the airport, bring them to the Farmstay, they stay a couple of nights, getting some much-needed rest, and sometimes they feel like an afternoon or night tour of Masaya or the Masaya Volcano is something they would like to do too. All easily accomplished at our excellent location where it is so tranquil, calm, and peaceful that one can really rest here, but we are only fifteen minutes to the Masaya Volcano National Park, so a quick tour to the most-frequented tourist destination is super-easy to accomplish.

If anyone has any tips to share about how to attract more of these wonderful visitors, please comment here or send me a message.

First Visit to the Corn Islands | Professional Sabbatical

…We spent most of our time at Southwest Beach, near the Arenas hotel. The other main beach is called Long Beach and has larger waves, but it said to be rockier and is also more desolate.  Southwest beach offers a few places to grab some food and drinks.

Southwest Beach on Corn Island

We went snorkeling on the reefs right outside Ike’s place. The reefs were a little shallow for my liking, so I headed in after seeing a few cool fish, but a few of the boys stayed out there and said they saw some awesome fish.

Great snorkeling!

via First Visit to the Corn Islands | Professional Sabbatical.

Nice travelogue about a pleasant visit to the Corn Islands. There is some great news for folks looking to have a guided tour to the Corn Islands. Our friend Tanya at NicaTour Group is now offering a short but fun tour five day stay in these beautiful islands!

Here are some further details about Tanya’s great tour:

5 Day Corn Islands Tour

Take 5 days and explore Big and Little Corn Islands on our 5 Day Corn Islands Tour package. Spend five days and four nights in Nicaragua’s Caribbean Paradise. Kick back and relax!  Trust us, you’ll never want to leave.

Tour Dates:

November 20 – November 24

Price for 5 day tour:  from $685 US per person, includes taxes and fees.  We also have an upgraded package available.  We also book group travel. Please call for details.


  • Return flights from Managua to Big Corn Island
  • Airport and harbor transfers
  • Hotels
  • Hotel transfer
  • Meals as indicated (breakfast at both hotels)
  • Big Corn Island tour
  • Return transport by boat between Big and Little Corn Island

Not included:

  • Some meals and beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips and Gratuities to the driver and the people at the dock who help with the baggage.

See more of Nicaragua.  Add the 5 Day Corn Islands Tour as an extension to one of our mainland Nicaragua tours.

Itinerary help Mon-Fri Nicaragua – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

If your first tour stop is a morning hike of Masaya Volcano, I would stay nearer to Masaya if possible, not Granada, as it is backtracking to get to the volcano from there. So you could stay at Apoyo (further away from the airport) or nearer to Masaya (closer to the airport).

via Itinerary help Mon-Fri Nicaragua – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor.

Since this was on a TripAdvisor forum, I couldn’t come out and say that it is too bad that most visitors are Granada focused even if it makes their first day of vacation a little more complicated then is necessary!

If this nice person writing on the forum is a representative sample, then there are lots of folks going all the way to Granada from the Managua airport (MGA) and then they are backtracking twenty-five or thirty kilometers to get to the Masaya Volcano.

Masaya Volcano is the most visited tourist site in Nicaragua and the Farmstay is only about 12 kilometers from there. We are ideally situated for those coming in to the Managua Airport (MGA) at anytime, but especially so on a late night flight who want to do a volcano Masaya hike the next morning. The Farmstay “soft landing” service is a great option for these folks!