On the lake
farm and island
A half day excursion at Finca Campestre, finishing with a meal prepared in the farm's bakery using farm-fresh ingredients, enjoyed on the veranda of the farmhouse.
We’ll be show-casing the best of Ometepe’s locally sourced and seasonal produce as well as items grown on the farm and take a pleasant appetite-building walk through the property with Campestre owner Ben Slow. Ben will discuss his passion for open fire cooking, brick ovens, pigs and sustainable tropical agriculture as well as his experiences living here in Nicaragua.
This is a hands-on afternoon. We’ll be building wood fires, baking pizzas in the brick oven, picking and mixing salads and discussing life here on Ometepe and in Nicaragua, as well as having our family style open air dinner at the farm house.
$20 per person to include dinner
Minimum 4 people, maximum 6
* Welcome drinks included, non-alcoholic beverages as well as wine and beer can be purchased on the farm.
* Transportation to and from the farm can be arranged privately or through Finca Campestre
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From the farm
Discover the real Ometepe
This tour and hike offers a historical insight into the lives of the people of Ometepe. We will walk on scarecely-used trails through lush, dense cloud forest to the water source for the main coffee-producing village of the area, Las Cuchillas and its Jerusalem Waterfall.
We look at the life of the local people and how that is changing by visiting the villages and farms in the area. We will see many magnificent petroglyphs (ancient rock art) demonstrating just how long this area has been settled and its trails have been in use.
We follow the trail up to Las Cuchillas, the highest and most traditional village on the island and visit local subsistence farmers living directly off the land and from the forest. The village receives its water from the Jerusalem Waterfall, which is another 35-minute trek above the village on seldom-used trails.
Our trail passes through the agricultural zone and winds through dense cloud forest following a steep-sided ravine until it reaches the waterfall, which provides Las Cuchillas with its lifeline. Few people ever use this route. We will see a variety of orchids and bromeliads as well as butterflies, birds and insects on the way, and if we're lucky maybe some other animals that inhabit the forest such as monkeys, land crabs, lizards and possibly deer or “guatuse”.
The tour takes approximately 5 or 6 hours to complete and is moderately strenuous. We start at 9am and a great packed lunch is provided.
2 litres (min) of water. Refill at the waterfall optional.
Good shoes, trousers, hat and sunscreen.
Camera plus a bag to keep it dry
A sense of adventure!
$35p/p for a minimum of 2 people.
$30p/p for 3-4 people
$25 for 5-6 people
What people say about our tours
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"Ben knew just where the fish would be and also provided loads of interesting information about fishing and wildlife in the area."