Already tired of the rain, snow, wind and chilly temperatures? Make a quick escape to an island paradise in Nicaragua and relax.
Luxury, relaxation and adventure are waiting for you at Jicaro Ecolodge. When you book a holiday on Cyber Monday (Nov. 30, 2015) you will receive a 30% discount on all Cayuga Collection hotels; including Jicaro Island Ecolodge.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge is Nicaragua’s top nature eco resort, located on a private island in the Granada Isletas of Lake Nicaragua. One of Nicaragua’s best hotels, the ecolodge is located just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada with spectacular views of the Mombacho Volcano across the lake. Nine private luxury casitas provide the perfect setting for romantic escapes, honeymoons, tours and activities as well as wellness and yoga retreats. Immerse yourself in a magical island experience.
This offer is valid for travel between Dec. 1-17, 2015. You can also book a trip from Jan 4 to 31, 2016 and you will get a 15% discount.
Book here on Monday the 30th of November, 2015 (Cyber Monday) and take advantage of this offer!
Due to the special topography of the Island the lodge has been constructed in a very peculiar way.
The peculiar character of the lodge came about through the combination of the local materials used and the unique vision of architect Michael Falkner. All the buildings at Jicaro blend into the natural environment helping to promote a sense of tranquility. There are 9 casitas plus a bar, restaurant and a deck. Mature trees and natural forms of the island were preserved when building began and that gives the lodge a feeling of belonging to its surroundings.
Each casita is raised above the ground so as not to disturb the natural form of the island so you will be living in your own tree house suspended above the vegetation!
To stay true to our sustainable values we don’t use air conditioning, however, the design of each casita allows for cross ventilation, and ceiling fans work together with the tree cover keeping you, and the planet, cool.
Even though we are located on an Island we want to give our guests the most luxurious and memorable culinary experience. Through breakfast, lunch and dinner our guests are served with sophisticated and globally inspired dishes prepared with the freshest local ingredients.
Our menu focuses on the fresh fish we get from the lake and the nearby Pacific Ocean, and we think that as long as the ingredients are excellent, you can keep the recipes simple and the flavor will shine on its own.
Instagram at Jicaro!Instagram grows exponentially every day and with more and more people sharing their amazing experiences on this social media Jicaro Island could not stay behind. We recently created a brand new Instagram account where you can get your daily does of paradise and from now on we will be posting all of our behind the scenes and guest experience pictures at : https://instagram.com/jicaroisland/
You can also check out the Location Feature on Instagram, this will take you to all the Instagram posts that have been taken and shared from Jicaro island!
This feature is really fun because you get to see what other people find interesting and beautiful about Nicaragua and Jicaro!
If there is one thing we are crazy about at Jicaro that thing is Yoga.
There are many types of Yoga but we concentrate on three different ones, each with its own particularities:
Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga synthesized from traditional Hatha yoga techniques and popularized beginning in the early 1970s. A Bikram Yoga classe usually consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises. Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a space heated up or close to 40 °C
Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement,” and Vinyasa yoga is a series of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling. Vinyasa movements are smoothly flowing and almost dance-like, which explains why it is sometimes referred to as Vinyasa Flow or just Flow.
This practice is very athletic and made up of six vigorous series of postures. It’s one of the oldest forms of yoga and is considered to be the foundation of much of the yoga we see today in the west.
Whether it is Bikram, Vinyasa or Ashtanga yoga Jicaroprovides the perfect environmentto develop your practice with our daily classes or a Yoga retreat.
Besides relaxing at Jicaro Island or exploring Lake Nicaragua and the nearby city of Granada, there are many other tours and activities you can do while stayiing with us.
One of them is our Tour to the UNESCO world heritage site, the City of Leon.
The tour begins in the morning when we will drive you towards the City of Leon. On the way to the historic and former capital city of León, we will pass beautiful views of Lake Managua, the impressiveMomotombo volcano, and much of Nicaragua’s agriculture heartland. At your arrival, our local guide will be waiting to show you the way to Cerro Negro. Hike up to the top of the volcano, where the rest of this unique adventure begins: sand board down the hill as you take in the amazing aerial view of the area!
Next, your day continues with a visit to the first city of León built in 1524 by Francisco Hernandez de Córdoba. The city was abandoned by its inhabitants 60 years later because of volcanic activity caused by Momotombo Volcano. In the year 2000, León Viejo was declared by UNESCO a “heritage site of humanity” as a symbol of Spanish conquest. Following that, we will discover the charms of the actual León, enjoying the attractions of this cultural city, its churches, monuments, markets. Learn about its rich history, including famous former resident Rubén Darío, Father of Nicaraguan poetry. Your day ends with a well deserved break before returning to the city ofGranada, back to Asese Port.
Places to visit: Momotombo Volcano, Cerro Negro, León city Duration: 10-12 hours (6:00am – 6:00pm) What to Bring: Comfortable clothing (t-shirts, shorts or long pants, good walking shoes), sunscreen, water and binoculars.
Land transportation from / to Puerto Asese in Granada in comfortable vehicles with air conditioning and professional driver.
It is very easy to get to paradise, For example, to get to Nicaragua from the US and even from Europe. American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Delta have daily flights to and from Managua. Their connections are from their hubs in Miami, Houston and Atlanta and connect to the rest of the US and Europe. The Central American Airlines TACA and COPA have direct flights from Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. European airlines such as Iberia, Air France, KLM and Lufthansa offer flights that code share with the local airlines and get you to Managua comfortably. If you have an international flight to San Jose or Liberia in Costa Rica you can connect to Managua Nicaragua on Nature Air, a carbon neutral domestic Costa Rican Airline!
Now after you land in Managua or San Jose we would be happy to arrange a private ground transfer for you from the Managua airport or any other hotel you might be staying in before coming to Jicaro and we also offer transfers from Costa Rica. We can get you to Nicaragua with a private transfer and guide from the San Jose or Liberia International airports or any hotel or resort you are staying at. Make sure you tell ourreservations department on what your preferred arrangements are.
Can you drive yourself?
Yes, we only recommend doing this if you have experience navigating outside your home country. Some roads might be difficult to navigate but it could be an experienceof its own!
You can get precise instructions for driving if you contact our reservations department.
We are excited you have chosen Jicaro for your upcoming holidays and we would like to help you out on the final preparation stages for your trip with a few tips on what to pack and the documents you need:
What should you bring on a vacation to Jicaro Island?
• Lightweight, comfortable hiking or walking shoes (waterproof is preferable).
• Water shoes or sandals.
• Lightweight, casual clothing appropriate for hiking, such as light pants, shorts and shirts.
• Our dress code at the property is completely informal, so do not worry about bringing dinner jackets or formal apparel.
• Don’t forget your bathing suit.
• Sunscreen and insect repellent.
• Light raincoat when visiting us during the rainy season.
• Camera equipment and plenty of film /memory cards (batteries and chargers).
• Binoculars if you have them.
• Basic medical kit (Aspirin, Plasters, Imodium, Antiseptic Cream, Anti-Histamine Cream, etc.)
To enter Nicaragua at the international airport or from any other country, the visitor must present a valid passport (which does not expire for at least six months). To leave Nicaragua by air at the International Airport, there is currently a departure tax of US $10. (subject to change). Entry visas are not required for U.S. and European Citizens. Please consult us for restrictions to some specific countries.
The brightly coloured streets and building of Granada
Yes.The only thing you should be afraid of when thinking about a trip to Nicaragua and Jicaro Island Lodge is that you might not want to leave ever again. Nicaragua has had its share of negative publicity in the past, but today it is one of the safest countries to travel to in all of Latin America
Jicaro Eco Lodge can be a handful of fun on its own and you might need a few days just to take it all in. However, if you are looking to make Jicaro an important part of a larger vacation we are happy to give you a few suggestions of other places you can visit that are close by and are easy to get to.
The colonial City of Granada offers you a true local experience, you can stroll along its quiet streets and grab a bite in one of the local restaurants or visit its many historicla buildings and museums. Granada is an adventure on itself and brings you the best of cultural tourism.
The capital of Nicaragua can be a great place to pass a few days and learn a great deal about the country and its history. People are friendly and hotel rates are very accessible. You can travel to Managua by car or bus.
Our next door neighbor can be a great addition to your Central American vacation. Costa Rica offers gorgeous beaches and forests plus a friendly population. It is very easy to get back and forth between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, either by land or Air.
Nature Air, a domestic Costa Rican Airline offers flights between San Jose, Liberia (CR) and Managua 4 times a week. For more details and rates, consult www.natureair.com. The international airlines Taca and Copa operate several daily flights. For rates and availability see www.taca.com or www.copaair.com.