With private and shared accommodation to choose from, Totoco Ecolodge caters for everyone. Exclusive lodges and cabanas are designed for the traveler who wants to experience nature without sacrificing comfort and convenience while a dormitory ensures even the more budget conscious traveler is able to enjoy a taste of Totoco. Situated at 200 meters elevation at the gateway of Maderas Volcano's cloud forest, Totoco Lodge is surrounded by all things natural. With panoramic 320 degree views, the Ecolodge and swimming pool enjoys vistas unrivaled by any other hotel on the island! The Totoco property itself comprises 15 acres and includes its own Organic Farm while bordering the property is one of the island's premier organic shade-grown coffee plantations. Life at Totoco Ecolodge Pure comfort and natural luxury best define the experience at Totoco Ecolodge. Each uniquely designed lodge and cabana enjoys its own private setting with a spectacular view of the lake and Concepcion volcano. The main lodge and swimming pool have equally impressive views and offer bar & restaurant service with international and local specialties. Good living includes good food & drink. Totoco knows that a memorable vacation is often recorded in the stomach. The chef takes pride in offering a changing menu that makes optimal use of fresh and locally available produce. At this time set menus at lunch and dinner are offered including a vegetarian and meat option, while more choice for starters, main courses and deserts are consistently in the works. For breakfast a variety of choices include an abundance of fresh fruit, whole-wheat bread and home-made pancakes. Just plenty of fresh stuff. Selected wines, beers and spirits are imported to compliment Nicaragua's superb domestic rum and very decent beer (Heineken and Corona are also stocked). And then there are the views for which Totoco cannot take any credit except to provide a comfortable rocking chair from which to appreciate and marvel. Lodging Tonatiu Lodge - sleeps 3 This private comfortable lodge has a unique octagonal design and has its own tropical garden setting. The lodge includes approximately 50 square meters (540 square feet) of floor space and hosts a large sleeping area, complete with 4-poster king-size bed, mosquito net and night tables with lamps. There is also a custom-made day bed which can easily be converted into another sleeping space to accommodate a third person. This lodge includes: - Private bathroom with hot water shower - Large private porch with a comfy hammock perfect for taking in the breathtaking views - Star gazing terrace great for seeing how well you can recall the constellations - Laptop and cell phone recharging facilities - Clean and hygienic daily-change compost toilet system - Independent solar energy and gray water recycling systems Ometepetl Lodge - sleeps 2 This private comfortable lodge is elevated on posts allowing for a sweeping view of the isthmus and Concepcion volcano. The lodge includes approximately 40 square meters (430 square feet) of floor space and hosts a sleeping area, complete with 4-poster queen-size bed, mosquito net and night tables with lamps. It also includes: - Private bathroom with hot water shower - Private porch with a comfy hammock perfect for taking in the breathtaking views - Star gazing terrace great for seeing how well you can recall the constellations - Laptop and cell phone recharging facilities - Clean and hygienic daily-change compost toilet system - Independent solar energy and gray water recycling systems Echecatl Family Lodge - sleeps 4 This private comfortable family lodge is spacious and has a beautiful garden setting. The lodge includes approximately 65 square meters (700 square feet) of floor space and includes a master bedroom complete with custom made 4-poster king-size bed, mosquito net, night tables with lamps, fan and a second bedroom with a bunk bed (twin and single on top). It also includes: - Private bathroom complete with hot water shower - Large private porch with a comfy hammock, perfect for taking in the breathtaking views - Star gazing terrace great for seeing how well you can recall the constellations - Laptop and cell phone recharging facilities - Independent solar energy system - Clean and hygienic daily-change compost toilet system Bamboo Cabana - Sleeps 2 This comfortable cabana is set in a beautiful private garden and was constructed using a mix of natural materials such as bamboo, clay bricks, cane, adobe and eucalyptus. The natural thatch roof of royal palm leaves keeps the interior feeling fresh. It has approximately 40 square meters (430 square feet) of floor space and hosts a sleeping area, complete with 4-poster custom-made queen-size bed, mosquito net and night table with lamp. It includes: - Private bathroom with a unique open-air shower and warm water generated through compost. - Private porch with a comfy hammock, perfect for taking in the breathtaking views - Clean and hygienic daily-change compost toilet system - Independent solar energy and gray water filtration systems Maderas Dormitory - sleeps 8 This dormitory hosts 8 beds in a large open thatched structure. Facilities include: - Comfortable mattresses with white linen sheets - Bathroom facilities and shower - Private lock boxes - Lush gardens - Outdoor seating - Laptop and cell phone recharging facilities True to our eco-intentions, the dormitory operates using only renewable energy. The daily-change compost toilet system is clean and hygienic and best of all, it doesn't contaminate the natural spring water that Maderas Volcano so lovingly provides. All water used is re-cycled to irrigate the eco-lodge's gardens and thus keeping them looking green all-year-round. Sustainability and Totoco Lodge In keeping with the lodge's philosophy of sustainability all accommodations have an independent renewable energy supply and grey water recycling system. Human waste is composted while other waste is separated to allow for responsible disposal. Sharing knowledge and experience with guests to the ecolodge is fundamental to the Totoco philosophy and plenty of information highlighting the various efforts to minimize any negative impact to the environment is readily available. As well as providing exclusive accommodation and creative cuisine, Totoco promotes the sustainable development of tourism on Ometepe by involving itself in community based projects that focus on the environment, culture, health, education and the local economy. Responsible and sustainable tourism is only possible when businesses take into consideration not only commercial ambitions but also the local environment and the local people. As such, Totoco Eco-lodge hosts and supports two non-profit organizations: - THE FARM - dedicated to sustainable land-management through the promotion and application of the principles of permaculture. - THE DEVELOPMENT CENTER - dedicated to the empowerment of local people who are motivated to realize community based projects.
Get Active Totoco Ecolodge will make sure that those seeking adventure and looking to work-up a sweat find ample outlet for their urges. Most activities either start at the lodge or are no more than half an hour away. Here is a list of activities that Totoco can organize: CLIMBING VOLCANOES (Maderas 1394m and Concepcion 1600m) offers very different attractions with the virgin cloud forest of Maderas just minutes walk from your lodge. Your guide can take you down into the crater where centuries of rainfall has created an impressive lagoon. Concepcion is an active volcano that still allows you to reach the rim of the crater and peer into the abyss. KAYAKING ISTIAN WETLANDS with friends at Caballitos del Mar is probably the most popular activity. These weltands cut across the center of the island and are home to an amazing diversity of aquatic birds as well as caymans, turtles and monkeys. HORSEBACK EXPLORATION of the local towns is an excellent way to get to know the island and a good way too visit the sandy beach at Santo Domingo or the natural swimming pool at Ojo de Agua. GUIDED HIKING OPPORTUNITIES will take you through shade grown coffee plantations, past 100-year old haciendas and reveal the rich cultural heritage of the indigenous Nahuatl Indians who have left thousands of rock carvings (petroglyphs) throughout the area. RENTING BICYCLES or even motorcycles provides you with freedom to explore the local area. GUIDED FISHING excursions (from shore or from boats) can be arranged with local fishermen. CANOPY ZIP LINE tour through the trees at the Mirador del Diablo can also be arranged, and is a guest favorite. HIKE the San Ramon waterfall, an impressive 120m drop set amongst the trees and monkeys of the virgin forest. Get Cultural The pre-Columbian Nahuatl Indians who inhabited the island left an impressive legacy in the shape of thousands of petroglyphs (rock carvings) and larger stone statues that can be admired at the museum in Altagracia. Another museum tells of the history of Nicaragua through all the different forms of currency that have been used in the past. Totoco also encourages guests to visit and meet neighbours in the local town and to learn how the people here live and work. The Totoco Foundation offers a guided tour through our local community and is an excellent way to get a first-hand glimpse of local life. Stay Lazy The special energy of the island and the tranquility and privacy of Totoco`s natural surroundings make this the ideal place to truly relax and practice the difficult art of doing nothing. Your private porch, the lounge at the main lodge and swimming pool are ideal places to stay lazy and read a book in a hammock while sipping on a fruit juice. Take relaxation to the next level by treating yourself to an ayurvedic massage or visit the beach at Santo Domingo and especially the crystal clear waters Ojo de Agua for a refreshing swim.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).