El Jardin de la Vida is a sustainable eco-friendly hostel and restaurant built with minimal concrete, natural materials and renewable energy. We are located in Punta Gorda, about 2.5km from Balgue, making for beautiful walks in and out of town. A little off the beaten path, we provide a unique Ometepe experience away from the traditional tourist scene.
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature and rural living, this is the place for you. We have a beautiful garden that attracts thousands of butterflies and young fruit trees spread along throughout the property, as well as a privileged lake access just across the road, which makes for a beach during the dry season. Rent our kayaks or Stand Up Paddles and ride through the calm clear waters of Lake Nicaragua, or just dive in and refresh yourself after a day of exploring the island. We can set up tours and activities around Ometepe’s breathtaking surroundings, including the famous volcano hikes, led by local Nicaraguan guides. We also invite you to join us on our memorable sunset kayak tour and experience the sun setting by the volcanos from the perspective of the lake. If want to cruise around the island, we can always arrange bikes, motorbikes and scooters rentals for you. After a long day of hiking, come chill out on our hammocks, eat delicious home-made organic food and have a beer with us.
Our main dormitory houses 8 dorm beds, equipped with mosquito nets and lock boxes, in a concrete-free bamboo structure powered by solar energy. We also have a hammock dormitory available for people looking for a unique tropical experience. For campers, there are many places for you to pitch your tent, as well as one 2 person tent cot. We also provide guests with an ecological composting toilet and shower, both located near our bed dorm.
We are known around the block for our great food. Our restaurant offers a menu of delicious meals, appetizers and drinks made from locally sourced ingredients. We serve breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as a family style dinner every night at 7:30 p.m, with vegetarian and meat options. Happy hour starts at 6 p.m., right after sunset, so don’t forget to grab your drink at the bar.
We are easily accessible by bus, taxi, motorcycle or bicycle. If you take the last bus, make sure to bring a flash light. If you’d like, we can happily book you a taxi at the port in which you arrive.