Jicaro Island Ecolodge

in Granada, Nicaragua

Jicaro Island Lodge is located on a private island in the Granada Isletas of Lake Nicaragua. The island is a short boat ride away from Granada and has amazing views of Mombacho Volcano across the lake. This lodge was built using fallen wood from rainforests that had been destroyed during hurricane Felix in 2007. They also built around large trees and boulders in order to maintain the existing character of the island and its lush vegetation.

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Style

Time to Relax, Off the Beaten Path and Comfortable Stay

Price

$350-950 /night

Location

Island and Quiet Area

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Foreign Owned Business
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Speaks: English and Spanish

Why Lokal Recommends Jicaro Island Ecolodge

Background

Business started in 2010| Foreign Owned

A Unique Story

The founder and owner of Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Karen Emanuel, traveled to Nicaragua in 2007. When she was visiting Granada, she happened to see and "Island for Sale" notice and after taking a look at the island, she decided to turn it into a wellness retreat. She began working with architect Matthew Falkiner and in 2010 Jicaro Island Ecolodge began to open its doors to guests.

Community Connection

Jicaro Island Ecolodge has developed a community-based outreach program focused on the support and implementation of educational projects that encourage sustainable community development.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge works closely with Padre Nello Elementary School which is located on the mainland shores of Lake Nicaragua. One of their main projects is to provide the school with a water filtration system that will give the students and teachers access to clean drinking water. There is no access to clean drinking water at the school, so students and teachers are forced to use lake water for all their daily activities.
Since the school does not have access to any form of commercial energy service, they first had to build solar panels that would provide the school with clean energy. In addition to providing energy for the new water filtration system, the solar panels will also power a small network of lights and outlets for the classrooms and the community health center.
Once the water filtration system is completed, it will not only benefit the children and teacher at the school, but also the approximately 600 peopole living in the surroundign community. People in this community currently rely almost exclusively on expensive bottled water for their daily consumption, so this project will have significant broad-ranging impacts for Las Isletas.

Environmental Engagement

In 2007, hurricane Felix landed on Nicaragua's Norths Atlandtic Coast and destroyed more than one million hectares of rainforest. Although few people lost their lives during the hurricane, the environmental impact it had on the Nicaraguan forest was huge.
Simplemente Madera, designers and builders of both furniture and buildings in Jicaro, was already supporting sustainable forestry with the indigenous communities in the hurricane affected areas before the devastation. After the hurricane Felix, working with environmental organizations, local communities and government agencies, Simplemente Madera worked to recover fallen timber and transform it into furniture, buildings and crafts.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge is one of the results of these initiatives. Built entirely from timber reclaimed from trees blown down by hurricane Felix, the buildings and furniture are made of tropical hardwoods.
Great care was taken whilst building the ecolodge to maintain the existing character of the island and the lush vegetation. When building they did not remove any of the large trees or boulders and so the land dictated the form of the resort.

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