Finca del Sol, Bungalows with spectacular views in Ometepe Finca del Sol, Bungalows with spectacular views in Ometepe

Our History

BUILDING OUR DREAM ECO-LODGE WHEN THERE WAS VERY LITTLE RUNNING WATER, NO ROAD, PHONES AND INTERNET.   

READ OUR STORY AND LEARN ABOUT THE CREATION OF FINCA DEL SOL

In 2003 Cristiano and Sheri took a holiday through Central America, and stopped in Ometepe. After falling in love with the island, a dream and the magic of the two volcanoes – we bought a piece of land - without too much thought of what to do with it……Then in Sept 2004 a category five hurricane (Ivan) passed the Cayman Islands within 60 miles creating a lot of damage, and we lost our jobs, had nowhere to go and so  decided to get to work and start our “project” in Sept 2004.  The timing was right, and things fell into place little by little.

We were involved in every aspect of the building and land development, and really sought to help bring the forest back to our land, so that the animals  (monkeys, birds, squirrels, lizards, guatusa , etc ) would not loose their spot in Ometepe.  We believe in conservation and wanted to change the "rice field" we bought into an oasis where animals and people could find refuge.

When we got started, we dug a water line and pitched a tent for 6 months and lived close to nature.  Here we  learned how to build a house and the art of being grateful for what you have.  (I guess mom would say, how to count your blessings, instead of focusing on everything we did not have.)  There was very little infrastructure in those years, and getting supplies in from Managua was difficult, so we looked around and started with what we had.  We organized things to be brought by horseback down the almost impassable road, felled timber, hired loads of people and got stuff in from the mainland.

In 2004 we built the kitchen, loft and bathroom, grateful to move in just before the cats shredded the tent into tiny pieces.   We also worked on planting as there was a huge pile of weeds above our heads when we arrived.

Becoming aware that we were not millionaires and building costs a lot of money  in Nov 2005, we returned to the Cayman Islands  to work and earn money for the project.  We returned to Ometepe in May 2006 and got started on the owners residence ( a 2 story bungalow)  that sits behind the adobe oven today.  That took 2 years.  In the meantime we returned once more to the Cayman Islands for a 6 month work contract, for more money.

Returning to Ometepe in May 2007 we decided to stay for good in Nicaragua, , finished our place and then got to work in the front of the land.  Each cabin took one year each to build.

In April 2009 we opened for business with the 2 cabins la Luna and El Sol. We also rented the owners residence for the first 2 years to make some extra money,  so we could continue building. 

In 2011 the Bamboo Lodge was completed.

In 2012 we started a driveway, and after a long delay in 2014 we finished it.

In 2014 we started digging a 190 foot well. It took until mid March 2015 to complete, build the tower and connect it with a pump.

In 2017 we refurbished, repainted and got our place looking like new once again. We were also able to connect to the main power line and now have a good power back up system.

At this time we have no plans to build more.   Driving on the paved road, getting the basics from town and living a life in the sunshine seems like a beautiful dream. While the infrastructure has made a huge improvement in the development of Ometepe, we are quite happy living a semi retired lifestyle. We hope you enjoyed getting to know us a little bit more, and we look forward to sharing the magic of Ometepe with you!






FINCA DEL SOL WENT FROM A RICE FIELD IN 2003 TO AN ECO-LODGE IN 2009.
 
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Many hands make light work.  Four part-time staff members help in the daily operations  doing things like cooking breakfast, cleaning, maintenance and yard work. The occasional volunteer has also helped out over the years in different aspects.