When we purchased our home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado we were in our early-twenties. It was in a small apartment building that was mostly owned by 2nd homeowners. The few that lived there full time were like us, age 20’s-30’s and managed to figure out how to turn a ski bum life into a career. Ryan and Angela were our neighbors that lived right above us and we all quickly became friends. We took to calling the neighborhood “the dorms” being that our supposed grown-up lives were reminiscent of living on a college campus. Well eventually you have to settle down and buy the “farm” and that’s exactly what Ryan and Angela did.
A couple years after we met they bought land on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua and transformed it into a working farm with guest cabins. Of all the places that are possibilities we might visit on our trip we knew for sure we would visit Finca Mystica.
Finca Mystic is tucked away on the Southwestern side of Ometepe at the foot of Volcano Maderas. Our friends have owned the property now for seven years and the most impressive part about visiting was seeing how they transformed the raw jungle land into a farm that grows an abundant amount of crops varying from vegetables and fruits to nuts and spices.
Our days on the farm consisted of: Shannon practicing Yoga in the mornings while the howler monkeys watched in the trees above the yoga studio set in a lush jungle. we walked or went for a bike ride on the trails they built around their land and in the afternoons headed down to the lake to cool off and do some stand up paddle boarding.
We spent 10 days with our friends on Ometepe and could have happily stayed longer but when your visa is approaching its expiration, well its time to hit the road.