Morgan's Rock, Nicaragua
We visitedMorgan's Rock last month. This was oursecond visit to MR. What a wonderful adventure. This is the type of place tovisit now inorder to experience nature at its best. Also, it is not too "touristy" yet so ENJOY now. Here is some information that might help.
How to get there: There are two main routes. The first is to fly into Managua and journey south to MR. The second route is to fly into Liberia, Costa Rica and travel west to MR. Both routes have their advantages and disadvantages. I have gone both routes. I did prefer flying into Managua. We stayed at "Los Robles", a small boutique style hotel. I loved it! There are also "chain" style hotels if that is your preference. MR will pick you up at Los Robles and transfer you to MR. It is about a three hour drive. (be prepared....it is a VERY bumpy ride.) On our trip, we stopped at a volcano and actually drove right to the rim! Scary but rewarding! If you travel from Liberia, you must go through border crossings in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The road is much better however, it is a little more delayed with border crossings.
Accommodations: The "bungalows" at MR are like tree houses. There is an outdoor shower, outdoor queen size swinging futon on the deck, and amazing views of the Pacific. The inside is half wall and half screening. It is an open style bathroom. The king size bed is raised with views over the Pacific. There is a few steps down to a futon and chair to view the scenery. This place is so special.There are no curtains or shades. You sleep to the sounds of the Pacific and/orhowler monkeys. It is almost like having a giant movie screen in front of you to view the outside.
Food: I enjoyed the food. They raise and/or grow their own food for the lodge. They even can grow their own shrimp! Their specialties are fish, chicken, and beef. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included in your rate.
Activities: There are many choices such as "Breakfast on the farm" (you go to their farm and actually put together your whole breakfast...milking the cows, gathering eggs, etc.), Dry river bed walk, a day trip to Granada and the volcanoes. Horse riding trips are another way to view this property. The staff is very knowledgable and loves to point out the various animals and insects. They actually keep a log of what they have seen. (For example, we got to see our first slouth!)
Overall: MR is an enchanting property. The staff are mostly young and want to learn and they really want to teach. Most of them love to explain how the ecolodge works and takes ownership of the property. They also share some of the history of the area. (for example, did you know that the original Canal was not to go through Panama but Nicaragua? The staff love to share this history tidbit with you.) Also, MR supports the local school. On both of our trips, we bought school supplies for the children. They really don't have much. It was rewarding to go their school and share with them. The staff is more than happy to take you to the school. I really recommend MR as a different type of vacation; beach, nature, history, hiking, and learning.