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Finca Magdalena is an organic farm set up on the slopes of Vulcán Maderas, a 20-minute hike uphill from Balgue. The hacienda was built over 120 years ago and it contains two large buildings and several smaller ones. It is part of a working cooperative that produces coffee, honey and organic fruits and vegetables. There are now 24 families who are a pat of the cooperative, which received land under the Sandinista land reform in the 1980s.
The finca also serves as a backpacker's hostel, offering dorm-style accommodations in an old wooden farmhouse, along with some cabañas for those who'd like a little more privacy. Finca Magdalena is on the way up the trail to Vulcán Maderas so guided tours can be arranged here. It provides an easy access to the petroglyphs scattered around the grounds, and horse riding tours are also available. The finca is surrounded by lush gardens and has plenty of scenic chill-out areas. Meals are served from the finca's porch which offers glorious views of Lago de Nicaragua and Vulcán Concepción. During the coffee season, which usually runs from November to February, guests can watch or even participate in various stages of the harvest.
It took me almost two hours to walk the dirt road from Santa Cruz to Finca Magdalena. Exhausted from the heat, a chilled for a while on the porch and had a good cup of organic coffee from their farm and a chocolate cake. Fortunately, I did not need to walk all the way back to El Porvenir. I managed to arrange transportation in 4x4 with some guys from Managua who just returned from their hike to Vulcán Maderas.
Directions: Maderas side of the island; almost a 2-hour walk from Santa Cruz or 20 minutes from Balgue