Excursions & Activities
One of our objectives is to assist local families and businesses in offering you exciting excursions and activities so that you can enjoy the area while knowing that you are supporting economic development in the community.
There are good waves in Jiquilillo and they are ideal for beginner and intermediate surfers. You can be sure that the waves are uncrowded and friendly, where you will be practicing your turns with both fellow guests and the local kids who are attending our Surf Club.
We offer a number of services for our guests and volunteers:
We offer $10 board rentals. In total we have nineteen surfboards to choose from. They range from 10' long boards to 5'10" short boards including two beginner boards that are great fun to learn on.
Offshore boat ferries
We work directly with local fishermen to provide boat ferries to offshore breaks and nearby beaches such as Boom Wavos located in Asseradores and the off shore point break on Isla Asseradores. Boat ferry services begin at $100.
If you want to check out the surf report before you head down, visit www.surf-forecast.com
Ibis Kayaking, owned and operated by biologist Jennifer Shulzitski, and located in Padre Ramos leads kayaking trips throughout the mangrove lined estuary. The tours are guided by Jennifer and local fisherman David, who are both very knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna within the estuary. Tours are available in both Spanish and English. www.ibiskayaking.com
Hiking trips to Volcano Cosigüina
You have two choices to explore the volcano and view it's majestic turquoise crater lake. One option is to use the local tourism cooperative who will arrange transportation to and from the volcano entering from the town of Cosigünia. The second option involves taking the local bus and spending the night at Brisas de Gulfo, a local family run hotel in Potosi. Rafael, the hotel owner, can arrange for you to hike with local guides.
Boat tours are lead by two local groups: a local cooperative called Padre Ramos Tours and Carlos Hernandez and his family. The cooperative consists of seven local guides who are all fantastic resources for the local flora and fauna of the area. Several tour options exist including winding through the mangroves to heading out to the Gulf of Fonseca. Tours available in Spanish only.
Carlos Hernandez also offers boat tours that include sports fishing and mangrove trips.
Horse back riding
We use horses supplied by Carlos Hernandez. Horse rentals are available, giving you freedom to explore the beach and nearby communities at your leisure. Horses can be rented by the hour with a Spanish speaking guide.
These excursions are led by local women and young adults and are used as a way to share a bit of their culture and traditions with travelers passing through this area. Proceeds go directly to your guide. Some examples of the cultural excursions include:
Led by our neighbor Doña Chapita, you will be invited into her home and learn how to transform corn kernels into steaming hot tortillas. Once finished enjoy your creation with a tasty snack of tortillas and cheese, Nica style.
Coconut tree climbing
Veteran Kids Club member Juan "Pancho" Escalante will teach you to climb a coconut tree like a local pro. You will not only learn to climb and pick your fresh coconut, but also learn to dehusk the coconut and have the option of turning it into a "coco loco" which is accompanied by a shot of Flor de Caña rum.
Led by health promoter Doña Francisca Davila you will have the opportunity to meet Francisca's family and visit her home. The community tour will take you through the streets of Jiquilillo to discover the lifestyles of the local people. This will include exploring the school, learning more of the local industries including fishing and farming.
Led by the veteran Kids' Club member and current Surf Club leader, Juan "Pancho", you will take a walk through the farmland and into the mud flats located within the mangroves. Learn how to scramble through the forest and dig shoulder deep in mud without being pinched by crabs. Your catch can be gifted to Juan's family or made into a "sopa tipica."
Hand line Fishing on the Beach
Led by veteran Kids' Club member, seventeen year old Ricardo Antonio will teach you how to hand-line fish in the shallow waters on the beach. Learn how to bait the hook, throw the line, entice the fish with your bait, and reel it in. Take you catch home for dinner or gift it to a local family.