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246 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Awesome Cleanliness

Property Description

The El Zopilote Hostel and Permaculture Farm is a backpackers hostel and a permaculture farm at the same time. We offer various types of hospitality like private rooms, dormitories, camping areas and hammocks. We organise many activities like free yoga , permaculture courses, cacao ceremonies, volcanoes tours, massages , workshops and lots of other activities. We have a vegetarian and vegan farm to table 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 Volcano Maderas, Volcano Concepcion and Playa Santa Cruz, amongst other interesting spots of our location. The farm is 300m from the main road and that keep the place an oasis of peace...

We have various types of hospitality on offer. Private rooms, 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.
The hostel is located in a slope and there is always some breeze that keeps the rooms naturally fresh and ventilated so we don't need to waist energy in using fans and definitely no air conditioner.

Bring a flash light for the night, there are lights in all the huts but the footpaths that connect them have few lights to keep the habitat more natural.

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 20.00
No curfew.
The maximum period of stay is 14 days.

Reviews & Ratings

246 Total Reviews
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Mar 17, 2023
Dreadful place. Weird hippie vibe with rooms that leak from the roof and showers that have no doors and curtains that don’t close - no roof either and are overlooked by rooms. No power outlets at the rooms so have to charge at reception. Toilets are compostable which the hostel keep replying to reviews telling people they should like them. They are terrible and again have very little privacy. Local staff were great. The volunteers/non-locals were self absorbed. On arrival while supposed to be showing us
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Male, 25-30
Feb 23, 2023
My private room felt like a treehouse - I had to climb a ladder & push the floor door open like a trapdoor. The volunteer, Annie, showed me my room & was very sweet with helping me bringing my suitcase but I couldn't hoist my suitcase up to the room myself so if you are a solo traveler with heavy luggage - you will need help. It was wonderful to see the amazing birdlife & be woken up by howler monkeys in the morning. The rustic communal kitchen is not a joy to use but the hostel's food is great.
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Female, 31-40
Feb 17, 2023
Amazing place! 3 nights became one month. Lot’s of activities during the day, really good food and the staff is very kind. Zopilote attracts so many wonderful people
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Female, 25-30


  • Free

    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Book Exchange
    • Cots Available
    • Safe Deposit Box
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Bicycle Hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • 24 Hour Security
  • Food & Drink

    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Mini-Supermarket