Make your way to the port town of San Jorge, Rivas and take the ferry across from there. To take the bus from Managua make your way to Mercardo Huembes and find a bus to Rivas. The leave roughly every 30 minutes and take a couple of hours.
If bringing a rental vehicle across to the island it’s recommended to make a reservation in advance during peak periods.
From the port town of either Moyogalpa or San Jose you can make your way to Balgüe. For a smoother ride turn right at the top of the hill when leaving the port. Left is longer and required 4x4.
Cross the bridge at the east side of Balgüe (where the paved road ends) and we’re the first right up the hill from there. Follow the signs, NOT google maps or GPS. 4x4s make for a more comfortable ride, although we do have alternative parking for vehicles that can’t make it all the way up.
See a map of the island here.
The boats only leave from San Jorge, just outside of Rivas center on the mainland.
A taxi should cost a few dollars from Rivas. A collectivo minivan around 15 cordobas.
A ferry can hold a vehicle. A boat is smaller and passanger only.
Reservations are recommended for vehicles during busy holiday periods. Check for service on national holiday.
You can call to reserve for vehicles up to three weeks in advance (Spanish speaking only). Let us know if you need a hand.
They will arrive to one of two ports on the island, Moyogalpa or San Jose.
You can hire rental cars at the airport. Be aware that you cannot cross the border with a rental vehicle. 4x4 is most useful if possible for reaching some of the best spots in Nicaragua. We recommend Dollar rentals.
Buses here are lovingly refered to as 'chicken buses', thanks to the live cargo they can often be seen carrying. They are mostly old school buses from the USA that have been sent down here at the dusk of their heyday. Crowded and scenic- all part of the adventure!
They are an economical, local, eco-friendly way to travel. You can flag them down anywhere that’s safe to stop. You may have a wait in between buses, there is not one company, they are all family owned.
* Buses on Sundays on Ometepe are sporadic at best and none existent at most likely. Not the best day to try to travel on public transport in Nicaragua. We can help to arrange private transport or you can stay another day and relax with us.
Coming in from the ports: If no direct bus to Balgüe, change at El Quino (El Ki-no), just before Altagracia.
Flying to Ometepe
**currently suspended until further notice*
La Costeña airlines run flights to La Paloma (Ometepe) airport twice a week, on Thursday and Sundays. The line runs between Managua and San Carlos, on its way to San Juan de Nicaragua (Greytown), then returns.
Flights leave Managua at 12:00 midday and land around 12.20pm on the island. 12.30pm to the caribbean.
They leave from Greytown at around 1.35pm to reverse the trip, departing from Ometepe at 2.30pm for Managua to arrive just after 3pm.
You can book with La Costena here.
You can fly domestically and economically around much of Nicaragua.
From the (air)port to the door, private drivers available on request. We know responsible drivers with reasonable prices.
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You can have a rental vehicle (quad bike, scooter, motorbike or jeep) dropped off and collected from the houses for you by a reliable, reputable and friendly local family-business.
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Arriving at selvista:
Check-in time is normally from 1:00-5:30pm. Please let us know if you may arrive outside of these hours, so we can direct you to your house.
We recommend that you arrive before dark, in order to orient yourself with our grounds and your surroundings.
Your host will try to be on site to greet you during these hours. In the case that your host is not on the property you can find your house using the signposted paths from the parking area (look for the reflective tape at night).
You will be able to access your keys using the keypad-controlled lock-box next to the door: We will give you the wifi and door-code upon reservation.
Walking or driving in:
Head towards "Finca Bona Fide" in Balgüe, as most people are familiar with the Project Bona Fide farm. The Selvista Guesthouses property is located in the same farm entrance, a 10-min walk up from the main road. Follow the "Selvista" signs at the forks in the path. It’s the first left you can make.
Please park off-road on the private driveway in the clearing where you see the signs if you have a small car. Do not attempt to pass the final part of our rocky driveway in a low vehicle.
***please note that google maps does not recognise our driveway and as such will direct you up the nearest road, signposted to Finca Magdalena. Do not follow this road. Continue on through Balgüe and follow the signs to Selvista and Bona Fide as directed above.***
If anything comes up on your trip to the property, you can contact us via whatsapp or call on +505 8444 4519