Directions to FEV
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Directions to FEV
Part of FEV’s magic is the location! Being off the beaten track is what delivers the full experience of being tucked away in a cloud forest. There are a variety of ways to get here and you can select one or mix and match to suit your style of adventure. If you are driving yourself, please refrain from using Google Maps since it will take you down a service road through La Laguna which comes to a dead end!!! Just follow our directions below and keep your eyes open for the left turn you must take in Yúcul (approximately 9 km from the center of San Ramón) for the last 3.5 km of your journey. Also, we DO NOT recommend that you drive this road at night. Please keep in mind that it gets dark here around 6pm. The signs are not visible and in case of any emergency, cell service is very limited.
Ride with us
The most simple transportation option is to leave the driving to us! Our driver can pick you up directly in Managua from the airport for $125 or from any point north or south of Managua. The rate, time and place of pick up or drop off can be arranged ahead of time. If you are traveling to Matagalpa on your own we can pick you up in town and bring you to FEV for $35 each way. Our safe and comfortable four-wheel drive vehicles guarantee the quickest and most efficient travel times.
Bus to Matagalpa
If you prefer to immerse yourself in typical Nica travel, there are many buses traveling north.
Managua to Matagalpa
From Mercado Mayoreo in Managua (Bus Terminal): Take the Public bus for C$65 Córdobas or the Express Bus for C$75 Córdobas to
Matagalpa. Approximately 2-3 hours.
From the Sandino International Airport: You can wave down one of the Public buses for C$65 Córdobas that pass directly in front of
the airport with final destination to Matagalpa.
Express Buses: C$75 These buses are recommended as they are faster, but you will need to go to the Mayoreo Bus Terminal to catch one.
Matagalpa to FEV (including bus, taxi and collectivo options):
Public buses and Express vans will stop at Coltran Sur bus terminal in Matagalpa. Once you are in Matagalpa you have various options to get to Finca Esperanza Verde: (1) You can take a shared taxi (C$10 Córdobas) to Coltran Norte bus terminal and catch a bus to the community of Yúcul (C$20 Córdobas) which is 3.5 km from FEV (You will have to hike up to FEV from Yúcul since there is no public transportation available from Yúcul to FEV*). (2) You can also get to Yúcul by taking buses heading to El Jobo, La Patriota, or Cerro Colorado and getting off at Yúcul. (3) You can catch a private taxi (U$35-40 Dollars) from Coltran Sur or anywhere in Matagalpa directly to FEV.
*From Yúcul (3.5 km from FEV) The hike is not recommended if traveling with more than one backpack. Adventurers will be rewarded however, as the road winds upward through coffee fields and plantations offering spectacular views and a glimpse into the lives of rural Nicaraguans. Takes about 1 hour.
Driving your own vehicle (coming from the south)
As you approach Matagalpa continue straight on the Carretera Norte. You will eventually pass a Puma gas station on your left just before the intersection that leads to Selva Negra/Jinotega. Bear right at that intersection, following the signs to Matagalpa. Continue following the road (about 5 km) where you reach a “T”. You will see a sign to San Ramón/La Dalia. There will be a police check-point to your left and a restaurant to your right (La Pradera de San Francisco). Turn right at this “T” following signs to San Ramón. (About 4.5 km)
AS YOU ENTER SAN RAMON, you will see a statue of San Ramón with a “Bienvenido” sign. TAKE THE ROAD TO THE LEFT OF THE STATUE. You will have the park on your right. After one block, the road will split. BEAR LEFT at the library (large bible statue) and continue up the hill following the signs to Finca Esperanza Verde. You are now driving on La Carretera El Jobo. This road is quite rough and is best navigated with a 4 wheel drive vehicle. You will travel 12 km to the community of Yúcul – approximately 40 mins. On the way you’ll pass through the communities of La Reyna and El Naranjo. Keep in mind to always bear left when in doubt. As you approach Yúcul, you’ll get to a bend in the center of town. TURN LEFT onto dirt road heading up hill that is directly across from the bright pink bus stop. Look for a “Comedor” on the corner where you can buy fresh tortillas. The farm is 3.5 km. from the start of this road. About 1/2 way up, you’ll get to a fork in the road (where there’s a large government sign) of which you’ll bear right, staying on the main road. After 1/2 km you’ll approach a small reservoir (Presa de Bavaria), bear left just before that. The lodge is 1.5km from that turn off. You’ll pass a private property on your right (Rancho Lupita) and just ahead you’ll see our vegetable garden. Continue straight until you reach the main lodge where there’s a parking area on your left.
If you encounter any difficulty in your travels please give us a call at the office in Matagalpa at: 2772.3586/8775.5338 or directly to the finca at: 8775.5341, and we will be happy to assist you.