Ometepe Island is an island in Nicaragua located on Nicaragua Lake. In fact, it is the largest freshwater island in the world. It is also the only freshwater island with two volcanoes on it. Now you know what a special and spectacular this place is. However, the experience gets much better when you stay at an eco-lodge with insane views, delicious food and a pool that is great for kids, really made the trip extra special.
During our travels throughout Central America, we have stayed in a lot of eco-lodges. But because there aren’t many restrictions and regulations in those countries, many of the lodges aren’t as ecological as they claim to be.
Totoco Lodge is eco through and through!
The owners took five years to build their vision and are still working on improving it. That vision is to pioneer and share best practices in eco-tourism and stimulate and support the sustainable development of the local community.
The Vision is divided into three particular areas:
1. Eco – Lodge
2. Organic Farm
3. Development Center
About the Eco Lodge – Where Luxury, Comfort and Natural Beauty Meet
The rooms are private cabins with porches and amazing views spread over a garden.
Wherever you turn you will see details created with locally grown and obtained materials. They also hire and work with the local community. We spent most of our time lounging around on our cabin’s porch, my boys loved the hammock and comfy chairs.
Another thing that my boys absolutely loved was their natural bathroom system. I kept hearing “Why can’t all the bathrooms of the world be this way”.
We also spent a lot of time at the restaurant. It had amazing views of the nearby volcano and there was a swimming pool. The best time of the day to be there is for sunset. We had dinner in it with dishes from the local area and organic produce.
Organic Farm - Delicious Produce
One of the things I miss about living in more developed nations is the availability of organic produce. I haven’t found that in Guatemala, Costa Rica has a few places and during our trip to Nicaragua Totoco Lodge was the only place where this was offered.
Aside from getting delicious food made organic ingredients you also get to go on a tour around the farm to learn all about their work. It’s a great educational tour especially for kids to understand the difference.
Development Center and Local Community Involvement
The Totoco Foundation is fully involved with the local communities which are quite poor. People here barely reach the fourth grade, if they are lucky, and there are few options for good health care.
All these are the primary focuses of Totoco’s development center’s projects.
I didn’t have a chance to visit the center, but I can tell you one thing, all the staff are from the neighboring towns. Most of them are now speaking fluent English, which was truly impressive. They were taught by the owners.
How Eco Is Totoco?
1. All the cabins and the reception/restaurant area is run on 100% renewable energy (Solar Panels)
2. 90% of the greywater is filtered and recycled
3. 100% water-free-composting toilets
4. Over 2000 trees have been reforested
5. Local and renewable building materials only