Small town charm on the volcano islands

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COMMUNITY

Semi-urban neighbourhood near nature

LIVELiHOOD

Plantain farming, domestic animals, gardening, fishing

FAMOUS FOR

Two volcanoes on Ometepe island, one of them active

RELIGION

The village is mostly Catholic 

LANGUAGE

Spanish. This is your chance to learn it!

TRAVELLERS

Possible to meet other foreigners in the area

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3 nIGHTS IN MOYOGALPA VILLAGE

150 EUR

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, fan, bed sheets and towels included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (growing plantain, maize, sugarcane and mango, taking care of farm animals)

  • Enjoying a coconut drink while watching the sunset at La Punta sunset destination

  • Watching local soccer and baseball matches (on Weekends)

  • Meeting the savings group

6 nights IN MOYOGALPA VILLAGE

250 EUR

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, fan, bed sheets and towels included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (growing plantain, maize, sugarcane and mango, taking care of farm animals)

  • Enjoying a coconut drink while watching the sunset at La Punta sunset destination

  • Watching local soccer and baseball matches (on Weekends)

  • Going for a fishing trip on a traditional small wooden boat at 5:30AM. Note that you should pay the fisherman about $15 USD for gas.

  • Cycling 12 km to the lagoons at Charco Verde reserve, where you can do kayaking. A ticket to the reserve includes entry to the butterfly sanctuary. (The $5 USD park fee and $5 USD bike rent will be paid separately).

  • Meeting the savings group

DUARA CONTACT: OCTAVIO

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Octavio is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Moyogalpa. He contacts you with further instructions and makes sure you find your way to the village and your host family. You can contact Octavio in case you have any questions before or during your stay.

“I was born and raised in Moyogalpa. I love nature and outdoor activities. I would like to open my own guide business because I believe responsible tourism is a good way to improve the local economy and help in preserving the nature. I speak English well and I am ready to help whenever you have questions.”

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com


HOW TO GET THERE

If you are coming from Managua, you can get to the San Jorge ferry terminal by private shuttle for about $30 USD per person in 2-3h. A direct private taxi costs about $75 USD and fits 4 people. You can also take a bus from Roberto Huembes market. It is slower, but costs only $3 USD. The bus stops at Rivas, 5km away from the ferry terminal. From there you can get a taxi to the ferry for $3 USD. 

The ferry to Moyogalpa takes 1,5h and costs $2 USD. Note that the ferry does not operate on Sundays. Octavio will arrange a pickup for you from the Moyogalpa ferry – but please be prepared to pay a few dollars to the driver. If you need any help with arranging transport, ask Octavio to help you!


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OTHER things to do near MoyoGALPA village

Ometepe is famous for its two volcanoes. You can make day trips to the volcanoes from Moyogalpa. One trip will take around 7-8 hours. Octavio can be your tour guide or help you find another one if he’s not available. 

A day trip to Ojo de Agua natural spring and beach at Playa Santo Domingo. With a guide this costs about $35-40 USD, but you can also do it on your own.


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One share of your payment is directed to support the community around you. In Moyogalpa, this share goes to Casa Samaritano: an organisation offering psychology and therapy services, medicine and equipment to disadvantaged children with disabilities. Their clinic needs more funds to help with transportation costs and medicine.