Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 1 week prior to arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

No refund

Additional Terms and Conditions

Security deposit 50%

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Junior / Primary School, Business Trip If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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Property Description

The El Zopilote Hostel and Permaculture Farm have various types of hospitality on offer like private huts, dormitories, camping areas and hammocks. We organize many activities like free yoga 2 times a day, daily permaculture courses, cacao ceremonies, volcanoes tours, courses, massages , workshops. We have a vegetarian and vegan restaurant open all day and Tue and Sat we have Pizza night party, with fire shows, dancing, natural cocktails and fun.

We are in the Nicaraguan Ometepe Island, in the area of Santa Cruz / Madronal, in the Maderas volcano, one km before Balgue. We are located near to some of the best and finest attractions of the area such as Volcan Maderas, Volcan Concepción and Playa Santa Cruz, amongst other interesting spots of our location.

We have various types of hospitality on offer. Private huts, dormitories, camping areas and hammocks are situated in various locations on the farm. Everything has been built or planned to be immersed in the natural environment and to respect it greatly. Our great variety of choices means that our hospitality is accessible to all kinds of people and budgets.

El Zopilote Policies and Conditions:

Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival.

Check in from 12:00.
Check out before 12:00 .

Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards.
This property might pre-authorize your credit card.

Taxes not included - 25.00%
Breakfast not included - 5.00 USD per person per day. It might be possible to access to a more economic breakfast option for 2.00 USD.


The reception service is open from 06.00 to 22.00
No curfew.
The maximum period of stay is 14 days. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.3

  • Security 8.2

  • Location 8.3

  • Staff 8.7

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 7.8

  • Facilities 7.8

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    16 Oct 2019
    I loved my staying at El Zopilote! It was the right balance for me: yoga and party, nature and internet, learning and chilling! I probably did ALL the free activities that they offer in a board at the reception: yoga, handcraft workshop, farm tour, products making, juggling.. Besides the hostel is close to the beach so every afternoon I took a swim before sunset... I stayed one week and left wanting more! I will be back!!
    Portugal, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    13 Oct 2019
    El Zopilote is more than a hostel: it is an experience! From the path that took me to the reception I could already feel that this was the most special place of my trip! Staying so close to nature and learning that a hostel can be sustainable made me feel more responsible for my choices while travelling. Everything is thought carefully and you see in the details - specially if you take the permaculture farm tour with the owner, which was free for guests! Besides I had a lot of fun in the Pizza!
    Brazil, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    12 Oct 2019
    I arrived at El Zopilote just in time for pizza - and what a night! It was full moon party and I had the best time of my hole trip in Nicaragua!!! The next day I woke up to a paradise in the middle of the jungle, I saw birds everywhere, monkeys, squirrels, iguanas.. I could not believe it. I booked one night and stayed 4 in the end. The local staff was super nice and helpful and the volunteers made me feel like home.
    Spain, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    18 Mar 2019
    Loved El Zopilote!!!! It is the ideal place to slow down and surround yourself back into nature. It became my jungle oasis of waking up to the sunrise, seeing howler monkeys, and starting my day with yes, FREE yoga! The property is a permaculture with amazing opprutinties to learn about sustainable living, cacao ceremonies, and guided tours of the property. The restaurant is a farm to table experince with fresh organic food and the property is BREATHTAKING!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    29 Oct 2019
    Beautiful spot up in nature. Great staff and friendly atmosphere. Read the description before booking - it is as described. Love the community being built here. Would love some lights to light up the paths.
    Australia, Couple, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    23 Apr 2019
    This is a farm and slightly far from the bus stop, but it's a good value. The restaurant is delicious and everyone is very friendly. It can get hot at night and the facilities are very basic. Just know what you're getting into first.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    05 Nov 2019
    Great hostel. Beautifully situated in the jungle. You really need to be the kind of person to want to stay in a place that’s pretty basic (Facility wise) to enjoy it though. I enjoyed it at least. Only thing I would say was that my cabin was right next to where pizza night was celebrated and the party went on until 5-6am so couldn’t really sleep for that one night. Other than that great place.
    Netherlands, Female, 25-30
  • 6.6


    01 Apr 2019
    An interesting place, with great pizza nights. You get what you pay for in terms of cleanliness/facilities.
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 6.0


    07 Nov 2019
    Whether or not you enjoy El Zopilote depends on how much you like roughing it -- there's big jungle bugs, critters, out houses, crap showers. Best part of El Z: the restaurant and pizza. The worst part: the staff -- they really, truely don't give a hoot. I injured myself falling off a scooter (protip: DON'T RENT A SCOOTER) and getting help was tough. Thankfully, the volunteers made up for it. They were compassionate and helped me beg for ice and paper towels to help the swelling and bleeding.
    Canada, Mixed Group, 31-40
  • 4.3


    14 Sep 2019
    El Zopilote was not what me or my group expected at all. The pictures from the site did not do justice to the actual place. Just know what you’re getting yourself into when booking this place.
    USA, All Female Group, 18-24
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  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cots Available
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Internet Access
  • Luggage Storage
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Mini-Supermarket
  • Restaurant