El Jardin de la Vida

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.




8 thoughts on “El Jardin de la Vida

  1. Hello my Name is Marcos Hernández, Im from Costa Rica, I have just finished my engineer degree at Costa Rica, and got involved in a master program in Japan but it start the next octuber, so im looking to stay in a beutiful place where I could contribute, to the nature and people. I will love that you take my propouse in consideration to be part of your volunteering crew. I m up to do recepcionist job, garden job, tour guide, and contribute to have a great enviroment where every one will feel great and happy

  2. Hello,

    I would like to please enquire about accommodation for Monday 21 November for 2 people. Please may you advise if a tent cot is a bed for two people? Please may you also advise on your availability for a tent cot and for dormitories?

    Thank you very much!
    Kind regards,

  3. Hey jardin de la vida,
    I have booked at night in your hostel and i cant come today, because i have problems with my bankcard. So sorry for that.
    I have find wifi already, thats the reason why i answer you so late. Big sorry. I hope that is not a big problem.
    Lovely Greets
    Sebastian Cording

  4. Hi, my name is Carson Kallis and I have a reservation starting today. I was hoping to change to a sunset private room or a private room if that is still possible. If not, no worries. See you later today.


  5. Hi my name is Tlea and I have been to your place to rent a kayak but the weather wasnt clear and so you recommended that my friend and I not go out so instead we talked with you and your family for a few hours then just took a dip in the water before heading back. But we talked about a lot of things and how you guys got started etc and I was wondering if I could ask you guys some questions about the process? Not sure if you have an email or a Nica number that I can call to have a chat with you. Thanks for your time!

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