The place is really nice. Quit, clean and everything works properly. The owners are very friendly and enthousiastic, and eager to help. They know a lot of the island. I felt very comfortable. Shared kitchen, but also possible to order breakfast, lunch, or dinner (pasta) here. Recommendation!
We stayed here three nights and had an amazing time! The owners are super nice and help you out with everything to make your stay perfect, everything is clean. I really recommend this place - feels like home!
I recently left Urraca Loca, owned and run by a lovely man named Denis who brings a lot of individuality to his hostel through music and his fantastic cooking! We spent our days enjoying some great tours arranged by Denis. First taking part in an afternoon horse ride with our local guide Arnival, who cares greatly for the horses and lead us into the jungle at the base of the Maderas volcano. Upon our journey we saw Howler Monkeys and many of the local birds, all brightly coloured and beautiful. One of which also being the Urraca, inspiring the name of the hostel. Continuing our ride we were shown to the lakeside beach which gave us a great opportunity as confident riders to let loose and have a gallop. The following day we embarked upon our second tour which was the hike up the Maderas volcano. This was a challenging but rewarding day of 3 hours trekking uphill, followed by another 2.5 down. When reaching the top we were greeted by a beautiful view point over the Nicaragua lake, a tree covered crater and a Lagoon at the top of the Maderas. After eating our lunches, also prepared by Denis, and enjoying the scenery for an hour we set back off to make our way 'home' again. The rest of the afternoon was spent enjoying the hammocks and a well deserved rest. On our third and final full day Denis arranged a kayaking tour for us from the Playa Peru along the Río Istián. We boarded our kayaks and battled the wind for 30 minutes to make it as far as the river, but when entering the river all the wind subsided and we slowly paddled our way through the thin passage left clear of marine lettuce. We found some locals waist deep in water, batting the lettuce to entice fish into their net. Further on our journey down this short stretch of river we found horses, cattle and a tortoise all grazing on the abundance of marine plantation. Our Guide Denile spoke Spanish and we gathered information from him about the local wildlife and birds, albeit only as far as our broken Spanish would allow. I highly recommend Urracca Loca to those travelling Ometepe either solo or in a group, with an authentic feel to the area but also access to some lovely local restaurants. The area is generally very quiet with tourism currently lower than normal. It's therefore a great time to travel for those that value tranquillity, but the island really does have a uniqueness and individuality that will shine through in all circumstances.…
I really liked Balgüe and Isla Ometepe a lot and La Urraca Loca was one of the many reasons why I kept delaying my departure. The hostel is pretty new and the two owners are doing a great job to make it the quiet oasis of peace that it is. This is not the place if you want to party and get drunk, there are other places for that on the island. But this is a great place to relax and unwind and to meet like minded traveler whose interests go beyond traveling just for the sake to get wasted. On my overland trip from NYC to Panama this was definitely my favourite hostel on the whole trip! - Backpacktopia
Stayed here for 2 nights during our stay in Ometepe and it was great! The hosts were very helpful / friendly and definitely took pride in the accommodations here. For a hostel with a shared bathroom / shower, it was incredibly clean and well maintained. Breakfast was awesome. Located near some very good restaurants (Bamboo is a must if you're around Santa Cruz), and right next door to a good hiking spot.
Myself and two friends stayed here for two nights in January 2018. The two owners are incredibly friendly and helpful, and the hostel has a very relaxed atmosphere. The breakfast was incredible (probably the best hostel breakfast I’ve ever had while traveling) and Balgue is a beautiful small village worth spending a few laid back nights. It was like taking a vacation from my vacation.
Small hostel, super neat and friendly! Dennis and Patricia are incredibly nice and helpful. They provided multiple tips and advice to make our trip in Ometepe as simple and enjoyable as possible. I expected a bigger yard when I arrived, but when I realized how close we were from the reserve, my disappointment disappeared instantly. The hike to the Maderas viewpoint that I booked with them was great. Even though my Spanish isn't great, I was able to understand the guide quite well. He followed our pace during the climb and his info about the plantations, animals and vegetation were very interesting. Last but not least, the breakfast was the best we had during our trip in Nicaragua. Eggs, toasts,bananas, smoothie... made with a bit of extra love... perfect!
I wish I could have stayed here longer. This hostel is very clean and comfortable. I slept in both the dorm (which has 8 beds) and one of the two private rooms. Both were lovely experiences, so you can't go wrong with either choice. The breakfast is very yummy, and the cute dogs and cat are very affectionate. I don't usually write reviews but I felt the need to write this one. Denis and Patricia, the owners, were wonderful. They gave helpful suggestions of what to do and where to go. They also had two nice and properly functioning bikes to rent. I had an interesting time renting bikes from other establishments. The first place I went to, the bike got a flat tire and I ended up having to walk it back from Ojo de Agua in the pouring rain. It was quite an adventure. Because of the popularity of this hostel, I was not able to stay as long as I would have liked and had to switch to a much further and more isolated hostel down the road. I rented a bike from that hostel, but the kickstand was broken and kept falling down. When I stopped by La Urraca Loca to meet my new friends from my stay there, Denis got a piece of twine and attached the kickstand for me so that I would be able to ride that bike safely. It wasn't even his bike to fix! What a sweet and thoughtful couple. They also set up a tour of the mangroves by kayak for us. It was fantastic to stay here and I cannot recommend it enough.…
Lovely place to spend a few days, felt clean and comfortable! Breakfast is good and banana smoothie yummy! The owner was great and super helpful! They offer lots of tours. The best thing to do is rent a scooter and take a tour round the island then you can visit all the popular spots which are difficult to get to by bus. Visit cafe comprestre if you get a chance! It's great, and so reasonable. We went there everyday (sometimes twice a day)
I got intrigued by the excellent reviews of the place so I booked two nights here. Since the two private rooms were already booked, I booked a bed in the dorm. Denis, the owner, was very friendly over the phone and via email and helped me with directions on how to get there. The price was also great, $8 dollars per night including free coffee. When I got there, the great disappointment. I have been in many hostels before and quite frankly couldn't stand the idea of staying there more than one night. Good things first, the place seemed tidy enough and the beds were absolutely ok. The breakfast was also quite all right (toasts, butter and marmelade, onion omelette, fruit and banana shake). While the garden in itself was beautiful (lots of flowers and plants), the communal spaces were extremely tiny and basically limited to 2 benches, 3-4 wooden chairs and 3 hammocks. No big tables to socialize, no games, no bar (they didn't even sell beer). In addition, it rained a lot when I was there and only very few spaces were protected against the rain. You could not even brush your teeth at the sink without getting wet. Same for going in the shower. Speaking of which, the water was extremely cold "because it comes from the volcano", and obviously there was no warm water at all. Summarizing, I think this can be a great option for people that are looking for nothing more than a bed to crash, but my expectations were just higher than that. Please also note it's a 200m walk on a (in rainy season) muddy dirt road with no lights to get to the hostel so come prepared. …