Our location and directionsHow to get to Ometepe Biosphere Reserve and Xalli hotel
From the airport & Managua
You are aiming to travel south towards the town of Rivas and San Jorge. From Managua there are 2 main roads that go direction Nandaime and Rivas. We suggest you to take the one called carratera Masaya.
Once you arrived in Masaya you will need a right turn at the 2nd round-about towards Catarina, Diriomo, Diriamba and Rivas. Fueling at on of the petrol stations in Diriamba is the cheapest price per litre in the region.
From there you just keep on going straight south untill you reach the town of Rivas. At the first round-about turn left towards San Jorge. From here it takes 10 mintues drive to reach the port of San Jorge.
From the port of San Jorge
There are many passengers boats leaving from San Jorge to the island. The wooden boats called 'Lanchas' are great when there is no wind. During gusty days only use the ferries unless you are a seasoned sailor.
There are 3 different ferry companies that carry cars. These are bigger and more comfortable. The Che Guevara, Arcia transporte lancustre and Rey de Cocibolca aka 'Brakzand'. For more current departure info please check with the hotel the day before you leave towards the port of San Jorge.
We recommend the Rey de Cocibolca ferry: tel# 86913669 / 88334773. It's bigger, more comfortable, cheaper and lands in San Jose del Sur which is closer towards Maderas Volcano and our hotel. Departure time: 9:30am and 5pm from San jorge to San jose del Sur. 7:30am and 3:20pm from San Jose del Sur to San Jorge. If you have a ferry reservation please make sure you arrive at least 30 mintues before departure time!
In order to minimise transportation costs we do recommend you to bring over your own car. If not, Xalli hotel is positioned in between all the main activeties
On Ometepe Island
There is only one main road on Ometepe so navigation is straight forward. From Moyogalpa or San Jose del Sur take the general direction towards 'el quino'. This means turning right once you reach the 'main road' and drive past the villages of Esquipula, Los Angeles, San Jose del Sur and Urbaite. From Urbaite it is around 4km before you will see a paved road on your right hand side with lots of hotel signs. This is called el quino. Drive on this road for another 5 km to reach Xalli hotel.
Playa Santo Domingo, Communidad San Fernando Altagracia, Rivas, Nicaragua