Truly off-the-beaten track Nica experience you won't find in guidebooks. Stay in your own bungalow in the Nicaraguan countryside with an ocean view and access to a beautiful waterfall.
The casita (bungalow) is clean and basic. It has electricity, a hammock, two single beds, tile floors, a table, and chairs. Fresh air flows through the room. Included in the price is a hearty breakfast and an initial tour of the lovely waterfall and local community. You can relax or be active in our humble Nicaraguan village. Do as much or as little as you like!
NOTE! We do our best to respond immediately to your reservation request within the required 24 hours; however, we are not connected to the Internet everyday on the farm. We appreciate your patience and look forward to your visit!
Price includes coffee/tea in the morning and a traditional Nicaraguan breakfast. We cook fresh meals.
Daily meal plan (includes lunch and dinner): $8
We use fruits and vegetables from our farm when they're in season. One meal a day is usually vegetarian and the portions are hearty.
Two single beds, fan, table, and hammock.
Ecological composting privy located near the room.
We now have a 4G cellular data connection which we can tether to guests from our cell phone via wifi. Cost is 30 cordobas per hour for 50MB of data transfer. If you plan to use the Internet regularly on the farm, we recommend that guests bring an unlocked smartphone and buy a local prepaid SIM card (about $2) with a prepaid data package.
Take a tour with our local tour guide
Enjoy typical Nica cuisine
Practice your Spanish
Swim at nearby waterfalls
Learn about sustainable farming
Visit our local beaches on the Pacific Ocean
Note: Buses run to our farm 4 times and day and currently costs 14 cordobas. Mototaxis also run all day from Diriamba and runs from 100-150 cordobas. The farm is not difficult to reach and is conveniently located only 1 hour from Managua. When you book a reservation, you'll get detailed directions to the farm via public and private transport.
You will have access to the kitchen, waterfall, and fresh drinking water from our spring.
We are usually home during your stay, although we may be busy during the day. We enjoy conversation with guests.
Our local community has about 13 families. They are charcoal producers, cattle ranchers, farmers, and local merchants. The women wash clothes down at the river and guests are welcome to join in to wash their clothes.
There are buses that run 4 times a day between the farm and Diriamba. The village is easily accessible on foot.
We are located between Managua and Granada off the Panamerican Highway. From the Managua airport, you can take a taxi to Diriamba for about $50, or we can save you some time and money and have our taxi driver pick you up at the airport.
You will get detailed directions to the farm from Diriamba after you book.
A headlamp and some snacks are good to bring along.
We do our best to accomodate all the needs of our guests, and please ask if you need anything. Thanks!
Enjoy the rest and relaxation. Please no smoking in the room.
My friend and I had a great time at Jeff and Jasmina's homestead. I knew from past experience that having a friendly local to help you figure out rural places helps immeasurably, and that is exactly what J and J did. Jeff gave us a tour of the area and walked us down to a beautiful local waterfall. The next day we had a very full day tour of the area by moto with Jasmina's younger brother and another local. Never could we have seen these amazing places otherwise.
I got a chance to visit a couple local homes too. We had simple, delicious, fresh food. We also took Jeff's yoga classes, which I recommend too. With two nights, I think we had an action-packed adventure. Jeff is happy to talk about a whole bunch of things in 3 languages. Jasmina speaks Spanish, and she was super-patient with me. I ended up meeting several members of her family too--a real privilege.
The accommodations are simple, but have everything we needed. The description is very straightforward.
Avons été très bien accueillis. Le site est parfait pour relaxer. Jeff est un bon conseiller de voyages au nicaragua. Jasmine très gentille, cuisine comme un grand chef. Avons passé une journée parfaite en moto avec les frères de Jasmine comme guide a travers la région dans des endroits inconnus des touristes. Merci !
Acceuil immédiat et chaleureux de la part de Jeff. Jasmina m'a toujours préparée de bons repas, notamment les copieux déjeuners agrémentés de délicieux fruits frais. Les excursions offertes par Chilo, à ne pas manquées! Merci Chilo pour tes bons services! Je cherchais un endroit pour relaxer et cottoyer la vie rurale, je l'ai trouvé! Ma seule déception fut de ne pas pouvoir m'impliquer dans les travaux de la ferme, la saison ne le permettant pas.
Vous êtes de ceux qui croient et contribuent à faire de ce monde, qu'il soit meilleur...
Je vous souhaite une saison des pluies équitable...
Jeff and Jasmina are warm and welcoming people. Jeff is American & Jasmina is Nicaraguan. Given my poor Spanish, it was great discussing at length what daily life is like in Nicaragua, as well as every other topic from permaculture to parenting. Jasmina grew up in this tight knit community, which makes the two of them perfect hosts of 'off the beaten track' travelers looking for unique experiences!
Jeff and Jasmina's directions to the ecofarm were fantastic. Jeff gave a full afternoon's welcome to the farm with a guided tour of his many projects, from building bamboo bed frames, capturing water instead of allowing it to run off, plants being grown etc. He helped me put my hammock up in the field for star gazing. Then we head down to the waterfall (10 min hike), up to the swimming hole (5 min hike), over to the spring (5 min hike) and back to the house. Nicaragua was HOT. It was a delight to stay on this breezy location, where I used the blanket every night.
The room/building was large, clean, and just as pictured in the photos. The bed, blanket, sheet and pillow were comfortable and the room was very secure. Jeff, Jasmina & their son, Aaron live in one building and the final building is the kitchen.
Jasmina cooked pancakes with a side of fruit & beans & rice for breakfast and usually fresh fish from La Boquita with some sides such as salad, beans & rice, spaghetti etc. I'd highly recommend joining their meal plan. The food was delicious!
They weren't kidding that you could do as much or as little as you wish. Jasmina's brother Chilo runs the 'tours' from the back of his motorcycle. This is more like having a native best friend! At all of the beach, lakes & waterfalls, we were the only people there! There is no way of finding these local treasures without them. He's an excellent, safe driver on the crazy rural roads.
I highly recommend the official full day tour which was about $30 (I don't remember the exact price). :
-A waterfall and deep swimming hole, secluded & picturesque
-Secluded beach away from the new tourist hotspot La Boquita, with excellent waves and sandy bottoms
-Inland lake next to the beach with still water
-Ride through the beach town of La Boquita
-Pass by a new solar installation
-Visit a park with a fish hatchery, aquaponics, streams & waterfalls
Chilo saw how much I enjoyed everything and threw together a completely informal full day packed with horseback riding, shooting slingshots at ripe mangos with local kids, another secluded inland lake, visits to his family's house, a fiesta at a nearby town, a tour of a local bakery & taught me 3 different Nicaraguan card games.
I could go back to any ONE of these locations for a full day. I wished I had booked more time here. It was the highlight of my trip.
A beautiful place to stay, amazing to be in such a remote place and get to wash in a waterfall every morning. Jeff was a fascinating guide and host, it was so inspiring to see his vision and what he had achieved on his land. So welcoming and a great guy to sit and chat to about any topic. We had such a comfortable stay and couldn't believe the beauty of the place.
Jasmina and Jeff are a beautiful couple, and we learned a tonne about permaculture and Nica life.
The area is small and close knit, which is great. Jasmina's brothers were able to give us a couple of tours on their motorbikes, and we came to see familiar faces on the local bus.
Jeff's passion and energy means there's always something going on, from brain storming water storage ideas to an evening yoga class.
The food was amazing, varied and always fresh. Jasmina is a phenomenal cook. With an abundance of local farms I'm sure we passed dinner at least once while heading to the waterfall for our daily shower.
The accommodation is very rustic. You need to be comfortable with a lack of modern ameneties like running water, and with potential scorpions in your room (very rare but it happens). But hey, if you can camp, or even car-camp, you'll absolutely love it.
To get there, you may need to take a bus as it's too far for most motos. Just ask for Jasmina or El Espadilla at the Mercato (market) and the bus driver will look after you.
An amazing experience - we would go again without question.
Jeff and Jasmina were fantastic hosts. Their home and farm outside of Diriamba was so peaceful, a beautiful retreat in Nicaragua. Jeff was so helpful and took me on a walk to the waterfall and Jasmina was an incredible cook. Many thanks and would highly recommend their place.
Welcome to our finca! Around these parts, we love planting, ukulele, ashtanga yoga, the beach, and especially receiving airbnb guests! Lifelong learning - only when we're not farming, is what we love and we hope to share a part of the life here with you. A little help from youtube university and books certainly help due to our remote location.
Once an airbnb guest and Zen buddhist practicioner was wearing a wristband with the message, "Live Joyfully". We couldn't agree more.