where your vacation becomes a lifestyle
Connect With The Past
An Urban Adventure
Colonial City of Granada
A Pottery Village
Land of Lakes & Volcanos
Protected Areas 2
Playing with Time, Working with Nature
A Crescent Shaped Bay
Reforestation vs. Tree Farming
A Yoga Destination
A Time for Everything
The Art of Craftsmanship
Home Away from Home
Things you Should Know
Working with Nature
Building a Future
organ’s Rock is sorrounded by 2,000 hectares which are calling for discovery and adventure. For your perusal and reference, all the tour descriptions have been added to this information book and are available at the tour desk in the lobby. If you look out of your room towards the bay, there is one activity in which you can embark on immediately or at your leisure, a swim in the ocean, or a “Hammock Tour” in our ranchos, located directly on the beach.
Though the private bay (1.2 km from one side to the other, along the beach), the estuary and lapping waves surely guarantee you to rest, relax and decompress, we “Thank you for letting us showcase the best do hope that of Nicaragua’s beautiful landscapes and you will take heartfelt friendship. We hope Morgan’s some time and Rock will fulfil the high expectations of recharge with savvy travellers who seek accommodations energy to let that transcend the ordinary”. our tour guides show and teach you about the area. The dry forest in which we find ourselves offer a magnitude of flora and fauna and surely you will see that howler monkey which may awaken you at the crack of dawn. Our philosophy and prerogative is to educate, be taught and share as much about each other and the area. You can learn from the people, culture, and history of Nicaragua, we can learn from you, your
country and culture and by sharing our experiences, you will leave more conversant and we will stay here more knowledgeable as well. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to pamper you in the upcoming days, enjoy the excitement of exploring the eco lodge & hacienda, the country we are proud to call our home, and the surrounding vicinity. Our wish is that we will not only meet but more importantly, exceed your expectations of the lodge, the people and Nicaragua as a country.
You are about to embark in much more than just a vacation experience. Besides the fact that you are located in one of Nicaragua’s most beautiful beaches and have it practically to yourself whilst staying in spacious private bungalows, observing Pacific sunsets, tropical wildlife and sampling some of the freshest seafood you have ever eaten, you will become part of a project that goes beyond the ordinary. We invite you to be active and take one of the many tours we offer to learn about various eco system, reforestation, local agriculture and Nicaragua’s people and history but promise that you will have plenty of time to enjoy our services and facilities including our pool with a view, spa services or a cold drink at the Commodore bar.
Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Eco lodge is part of a 1,100-hectare reforestation project and 900-hectare private nature reserve that represents one of the last large natural sanctuaries along the Pacific Coast of Central America critical to its conservation as habitat for the animal population in the region. The reforested lands, together with the natural reserve and the estuary, host a variety of forest animals from howler monkeys and sloth,
to white tipped deer, to most of the bird native to the subtropical region, as well as being a nesting ground for sea turtles. Part of the property is lowimpact agricultural land and sustainable tropical forestland, providing approximately 60% of the basic food used at the lodge. There is also an organic shrimp farm providing fresh, sustainably farmed seafood. Furthermore, sustainability has been key in the construction and design of the lodge from the very beginning; Morgan’s Rock uses local artisans and artwork inspired by indigenous cultures in its interior design, and sustainable sourced wood for furniture and infrastructure. We promote sustainable travel practices to allow our guests to have memorable experiences immersed in nature while minimizing our human footprint. Its concept and operation reflects this whimsical feeling of privacy and seclusion. Carefully built
to minimally impact the surrounding area, the lodge boasts a unique blend of tropical vibrancy and architectural comfort with three-sided ocean view bungalows set into treetops, perched on a cliff 30-100 feet over the private beach and cove, just across a 50-yard jungle suspension bridge. Being one-of-a-kind vacation destination with a mission to provide guests with ultimate relaxation, peace of mind, and an authentic local experience. Equally important, the preservation of Nicaragua’s vital ecosystems and wildlife, as well as cultural preservation and community involvement. We are sure you will enjoy this unique and natural heaven as a savvy traveler who is looking for a touch of luxury while enjoying the adventure and excitement of an exotic and tropical destination. We call it “Barefoot Luxury”. Relax, unwind, let go, decompress, exhale, enjoy and take back home with you the sights & sounds, tastes & scents, activities & siestas of Morgan’s Rock.
You wake to the sound of howler monkeys. You fall asleep to the music of waves crashing softly in the distance. You are in the treehouse of your dreams. High above the ground, far away from stress and distraction, you are alive and one with nature. Welcome to Morganâ€™s Rock treehouses, let us remind you what it means to be young with an old soul.
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CONNECT WITH THE PAST A Sense of a Place
Heritage provides a sense of place, a connectedness to who we are, the land, traditions, customs and family. Surely many of you may wonder who was the driving force behind the creation of Morganâ€™s Rock, the Eco lodge and the 2000 hectares of land on which it sits? It is owned by a French family (ClementMarie, Claire, Eric and Arnold PonĂ§on) that have been living
in Nicaragua for over 40 years and have primarily managed and owned coffee farms and reforestation projects. With a vision of educate to conserve and promote sustainable travel practices by allowing guests to have memorable experiences immersed in nature while minimizing the human footprint, a great way to leave a permanent mark and give back to Earth.
John Tayler Morgan (1824-1907)
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THE NAME The “champion” of the Nicaraguan route
Did you know that the Panama Canal was originally going to be built in Nicaragua? Supporters argued that building a water route through a country that offered an optimal canal terrain, composed of abundant bodies of water and flatter lands, was a great alternative. In the early nineteen hundreds, plans were drawn for building a canal that would cross from Rio San Juan into Lake Nicaragua and cut across the strip of land between San Juan del Sur and Rivas, the latter being the area where Morgan’s Rock is located today. The plans were completed and approved by the American Senate. However, it never became a reality due to political and economic interests that favored the Panama route.
An Alabama senator by the name of John Tyler Morgan (18241907), often referred to as the “champion” of the Nicaraguan route, believed that building a canal in Nicaragua would create a more efficient transportation route than in Panama. Larger business interests tipped the scale towards the Panamanian route. Despite Senator Morgan’s tireless efforts of supporting a Nicaraguan waterway, fierce lobbyists defending the Panama Canal won this controversial debate. To commemorate “the canal that never was” Morgan’s Rock was named after Senator Morgan. Nicaragua would have had a completely different history if the canal that never was, would have been.
AN URBAN ADVENTURE Managua, the Capital City
Morgan’s Rock is located about two and a half hours south of Managua and transfers can be organized by the hotel. Today more than a quarter of Nicaragua’s population is concentrated in and around Managua. Sadly, most of the old buildings were destroyed by earthquakes in 1931 and 1972. After the second earthquake, the city center was relocated to the safer city outskirts. For many visitors, Managua serves as the gateway to Nicaragua.
Managua offers an array of hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment choices and one of Latin America’s most modern airports. The most important sites include the National Palace of Culture, the new Cathedral, the birth house of Ruben Dario and National Museum of Nicaragua.
COLONIAL CITY OF GRANADA
The Oldest Town in Central America
Morgan’s Rock is located about an hour and a half south of Granada and daily excursions can be organized by the hotel. Granada was founded in 1524 and is the oldest colonial city founded in the Americas. It is situated on Lake Nicaragua next to the impressive Mombacho Volcano and close to the famous Isletas. In Granada, colonial charms still abound: Renaissance and Baroque style churches and colonial buildings painted in mustard, peach and salmon huddle around a Spanish-style Central Plaza where shoeshine boys and horse drawn carriages rest in the shade. Just off Granada in the lake are more than 365 Isletas (little islands) that were created when the Mombacho Volcano erupted thousands of years ago. You can visit the Isletas by boat or take a tour up on the Mombacho volcano. Don’t miss this mystical cloud forest on top of the volcano where you can ﬁnd a biological station and other activities such as horseback riding, bird watching and Canopy Tours.
Excursions out of Granada can take you to the Laguna de Apoyo, which is a volcano crater that can be seen from the Mirador de Catarina. In and around the small picturesque town of Catarina, you will ﬁnd some of the country’s ﬁnest handicrafts.
San Juan de Oriente offers you great insight in the workshops and allows for pleasant strolls. Nicaraguans are famous for their handicraft abilities in working wood, clay and other natural materials. There is also a big handicraft market in the colonial town of Masaya that offers a great variety of souvenirs and is renowned for their hammocks.
A POTTERY VILLAGE
The Pinturesque “White Towns”
LAKES AND VOLCANOS
CosigÃ¼ina Crater Lake, Chinandega
Nicaragua is called the land of Lakes and Volcanos. It features nine active and various dormant volcanoes. The most important volcanoes from a tourism perspective are: Cosigüina, San Cristobal, Telica, Cerro Negro, Momotombo, Masaya, Apoyo, Mombacho, Concepcion and Maderas. Many of those volcanoes have the perfect cone shape and can be climbed by the more adventurous traveler. The Masaya crater located between Managua and Granada is part of a National Park and can be accessed by car (about two hours drive from Morgan’s Rock). The view into the crater is stunning. The Mombacho Volcano near Granada is a volcanic reserve and features hiking, canopy tours and a biological research station (about one hour from Morgan’s Rock). Active Masaya Volcano, Masaya Cerro Negro, León
Concepciรณn and Maderas Volcano, Ometepe Island, Lake Nicaragua
Central America’s Isthmus represents only 0.5 percent of the world’s landmass, but is home to over 10 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Nicaragua makes up for a big part of this diversity with its varied ecosystems ranging from costal mangroves and volcano slopes to lowland tropical rainforests, rivers and lakes. Nicaragua has gotten off to a late start in terms of protecting its natural resources and it was not until 1990 that protected areas have received planning and support. In 2002, Nicaragua had 76 protected areas encompassing 18 percent of its territory. The most popular protected areas to visit while staying at Morgan’s Rock are: Mombacho Natural Reserve, Masaya National Park, Madera’s Volcano Nature Reserve and La Flor Wildlife Refuge. La Flor Wildlife Refuge Masaya National Park, Masaya
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PLAYING WITH TIME Working with Nature
Playing with Time invites you to shift into reverse and drive away from the modern day hassles while resetting your biological clock to countless sunrises and sunsets.
Morgan’s Rock’s guests are encouraged to explore the concept of Playing with Time, Working with Nature. The Lodge’s concept and operation reflects this whimsical feeling. Playing with Time invites you to shift into reverse and drive away from the modern day hassles while resetting your biological clock to countless sunrises and sunsets. Taking life on the tranquilo lane won’t be a problem at all. When do you get to work with Nature? Morgan’s Rock generously exposes you to nature allowing you see, hear, feel, smell and touch the natural environment all around you. The Lodge was carefully built to minimally impact the surrounding area creating a unique architectural blend of tropical comfort. A tree may be growing inside your bungalow while showering in the privacy of your own deck in pursuit of uplifting your sense of pleasure and wellbeing. The effects of the strong heat from a tropical day can be balanced by our infinity pool. Working with Nature also refers to the fact that the Lodge is part of a model Eco-andAgro Tourism project and private Nature
Reserve. Depending on the season, guests at Morgan’s Rock are encouraged to take part of important activities like helping save and protect the sea turtle’s eggs on the Hacienda’s private beach or helping plant over 2 million local hardwood trees (some for flora-andfauna enrichment and some for treefarming purposes) which help guarantee the reintroduction and survival of native animal species as well as a certified supply of precious wood used for furniture, boats and houses. Our Working with Nature will ensure that other trees, found in surrounding ecosystems, remain untouched.
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REFORESTATION vs. TREE FARMING
There is often confusion between Tree Farming and Reforestation. At Morgan’s Rock, we are involved in both. Over 2 million precious tropical hardwood trees over the past several years have been planted, we expect to harvest them in the next 7 to 15 years and will continue to plant new ones. This is just like growing rice, corn, or wheat with a much longer time to harvest. You may ask, what good does this do? There is a strong demand and rising prices for tropical hardwoods in the world and to satisfy this demand, in many countries (including Nicaragua) you find a lot of illegal logging activities cutting into valuable ecosystems and forests. By planting and harvesting trees to enter the hardwood market, the pressure on these last standing tropical forests is reduced and the opportunity for animals to continue living in such ecosystems is much greater. Additionally, growing such trees will help contribute in keeping
the air clean by producing oxygen and cleaning up carbon dioxide produced mainly by industrialized countries. No matter how you look at the process of planting trees to be harvested at a later time, it is truly an environmental practice that we hope will be duplicated in many other areas of the world. We offer a Reforestation tour that will help make you an expert in Tree Farming and Reforestation and will give you the opportunity to plant your own tree. We also do reforestation. We have planted almost 100,000 native hardwood trees at Morgan’s Rock that will never be cut or touched by us. They are purely to enrich the local flora and serve as hosts for the fauna. As a result of this (and our constant efforts to keep hunters off the property), we have seen a significant in wildlife all over the Hacienda. We invite you to go on one of our nature tours and see for yourself.
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CULINARY EXPERIENCE Farm to Table
While Morgan’s Rock is located in a relatively remote reserve, little would you expect to find in this remoteness fresh food focusing on, garden-fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, chicken and meat.
La Bastide Restaurant Should you feel hungry between meal periods, let us know and we will prepare a snack for you. On the contrary, if you have a smaller appetite, we also prepare half portions of all the dishes; please inform your waiter accordingly. Reservations are needed during high season at dinner time. The menus are a la carte. Occasionally we offer Live Cooking theme nights or our signature Typical Buffet called Caballo Bayo. Should you have been remiss in giving us your special dietary needs, please do inform us by the first meal in order to be able to accommodate you throughout your stay. Our regular meal times are as follow: Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Lunch: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Dinner: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Named after Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, responsible for opening a route through Nicaragua with the objective of shortening the trip to California¹s Gold Rush (1856-1857). You can enjoy a variety of fruit juices, special Nicaraguan cocktails, beers, wines, rum, among other international spirits. Last call at the bar is when the last guest departs. You are welcome to remain at the bar or at the pool and we will ensure that you have a full glass.
The Beach Bar features modern and airy nautical décor with light woods. Guests enjoy the Pacific Ocean sunset from waterfront seating, while ordering drinks from a rustic beach bar.
San Juan del Sur
San Juan del Sur offers a wide variety of eateries for all tastes. We offer car service, for an additional cost. Please ask the reception to schedule yours.
ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY COFFEE Our coffee is a must try for coffee lovers who crave the best and are engaged with environmental conservation. We offer a cup of excellence coffee, highly productive under Timber shade. Harvested in a mixed agroforestry system, which gives a unique opportunity to minimize energy and water consumption in wet mills, preserving the environment and improving living conditions of those who produce them. Our coffee comes from a Rain Forest Alliance Certified™ Farm that is committed to protecting biodiversity while supporting the rights and well-being of workers. Nicaragua is one of the most exciting “new” gourmet coffee producers of Central America. Our coffee industry emphasizes high quality and sustainable farming methods. Often overlooked and under rated, we guarantee you’ll love its bright citrus acidity, distinct body, intense creaminess, white chocolate and floral notes in a cup.
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THE HACIENDA An authentic vacation experience
Agro-tourism is a concept of tourism involving the local communities and exhibiting traditional ways of agriculture that have been known in Europe for decades. Over the past years, we have observed the longing of tourists from around the world for a more authentic vacation experience taking into account historical and cultural factors. Morgan’s Rock is taking this new trend in travel to the next level to create a unique agro-tourism experience in Latin America that entails tree farming and reforestation as well as organic and traditional agriculture. During your stay you will have the opportunity to get back in touch with nature and understand that food does not grow in
supermarkets but is created by “Mother Earth” and the people working the land. Nicaragua, with its rich volcanic soil and tropical climate, is an ideal showcase for such a project. You will have the opportunity to eat food “directly from the source”. The food consumed at the Hacienda is produced in the property or has been caught in the Pacific Ocean directly in front of the hotel. At the same time, you will get a better idea of what reforestation and tree farming is all about and how planting trees, which will be cut in a few years, can help save the last dry forests of the world. Below you will find a description of the various elements of Agrotourism to be found at Morgan’s Rock. For more information on our tours, please inquire at the Tour Guides desk.
We raise shrimp at Morgan’s Rock for consumption in the hotel restaurant, you will notice the difference when tasting them (the cleanest and freshest shrimp you will taste).
The fishing grounds in front of Morgan’s Rock provide for your consumption at the hotel as well as the workers on the Hacienda. Every day, our local fishermen catch fresh fish and on special occasions bring back a fresh lobster. Because your fish is fresh and what our fishermen catch is based on weather factors as well as luck, the fish offered might feel “repetitive”. We ask you to enjoy it and think that otherwise it might have been frozen. You might want to catch your own fish in one of the fishing trips we offer.
Free Range Animals If you are vegetarian, this part may be of no interest to you. Please move on to the next point. At our Hacienda we raise a variety of animals for consumption at the hotel. Besides cattle and chicken, there is production of lamb and duck for consumption at the hotel. All animals are raised “free range”, we also feed them leftovers from the hotel’s kitchen production.
We have cows on one part of the Hacienda that provide fresh whole milk (cows don’t produce skim milk) and serve as basis for other products derived from milk such as the local “queso blanco” which is similar to Feta cheese in terms of texture. You may help us milk the cows any time of the year by signing up on the Breakfast at the Farm tour.
Exotic Fruits & Vegetables
The word exotic comes from the Latin root “exot” which means “out of”. Thus, one could derive that the main meaning of exotic is “coming out of another country”. We have planted over 5,000 fruit trees at Morgan’s Rock. You will find that every day your server will offer you a different fruit drink that you might never have heard of. In our menu we have tried to incorporate as many different flavors and colors from what to you might seem “exotic” fruits. We hope you enjoy the variety of tastes we have for you.
The owners of Morgan’s Rock own coffee plantations in Matagalpa, the Northern part of Nicaragua. The coffee you are drinking is brought from their own plantations.
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THE ART OF CRAFTSMANSHIP Home away from Home
Sustainability has been key in the construction and design of the lodge from the very beginning; Morgan’s Rock used local artisans and artwork inspired by indigenous cultures in its interior design, as well as sustainable sourced wood for furniture and infrastructure.
Artistic yet ecologically built
Almendro, Caoba, Cedro, Eucalipto, Guapinol, Laurel and Nogal. Exquisite sounding Spanish names that have been worked into the structure of the bungalows. All are tropical woods acquired from responsibly managed logging sources or reforestation projects in Nicaragua, ensuring artistic yet ecologically responsible built bungalows. Rooms have been soundly designed to offer shelter from rain, sun or wind, yet touching as little of the surrounding nature as possible. The location was chosen based on the least amount of trees to be cut down, in some instances taking advantage of ridding dead trees. Some may even have a tree growing straight through the roof and all enjoy an indoor garden hosting your own private outdoor shower. Some of the major woods used for the construction: Eucalyptus (Eucalypto) for structural posts, Walnut (Nogal) for structure, Jatoba (Guapinol) for roof’s structure and columns in the lobby, Almond Tree (Almendro) for the floor, Cordia (Laurel) for door and window frames, Mahogany (Caoba) for decoration and details, Royal Cedar (Cedro) for match boarding and the trunk, Teak (teka) for the majority of furniture. The stone walls, offering the base and the best support during the breezy season, are hand-cut and tailor-made slabs from volcanic stone. The stones and pebbles found in various hotel areas were
“borrowed” from the beach and the copper piping in the showers and sinks were created and designed by the Architect Matthew Falkiner and by the German Engineer who built the suspension bridge. The construction took one year and few weeks to be completed, from mid-September 2003 to October 12th, 2004, the day we opened the doors to our first guests. Depending on the type of work being done, there were up to 90 local workers, dedicated to their responsibility in helping construct the lodge.
OUR SUSPENSION BRIDGE; WHERE ARCHITECTURE AND EARTH SING TOGETHER
The remarkable, scenic hanging bridge was designed by the architect and built by a German engineer living in Nicaragua, using almond, walnut and nĂspero woods. All applicable safety standards were taken into account, creating a unique walkway for reaching your bungalow. The maximum capacity of weight is much more than the number of people that could ďŹ t on the bridge, hence, do not be troubled if you find yourself crossing the 110 meters bridge (at a height of 22 meters) with 30 or more people. Halfway across the bridge, take in the stunning views of our private Pacific beach, highlighted by watercolor sunsets every late afternoon (commencing around 5:15 p.m.). If you would prefer not crossing the hanging bridge to get to your bungalow, there is an alternative route by the beach, which does involve a more challenging up and downhill stair climb.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
OCEAN & FOREST
All bungalows (each of 95mt2) were built with tropical woods acquired from responsibly managed logging sources or reforestation projects in Nicaragua, ensuring artistic yet ecologically responsible built bungalows. All have been soundly designed to offer shelter from rain, sun or wind, yet touching as little of
the surrounding nature as possible. The stone walls, offering the base and the best support during the breezy season, are hand-cut and tailor-made slabs from volcanic stone.
Each bungalow features a king size bed and a queen size sofa bed; a private deck/terrace with a hanging bed hammock, private bathroom with hot/ cold shower (heated by solar panels). Due to conservation concerns and design our bungalows offer Evening Breeze Beds, a microclimate system, which circulates cool clean air gently around the bed, at the same time helping reduce the carbon footprint. This way you can still enjoy the therapeutic sound of the ocean and forest that guarantees the best sleeping experience. Maximum occupancy per bungalow: 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children/infants (additional cost for the 4th and 5th person).
Morganâ€™s Rock is an Eco lodge in a remote wilderness setting. Bungalow access might require climbing stairs and crossing a 110-meter-long suspension bridge; therefore, we need advance notification regarding any inability to climb steps or to cross the bridge.
TWO BEDROOM VILLAS
Spacious rooms, exquisite interiors, beautifully appointed at every turn. A shaded living area that welcomes just enough sunlight. The perfect amount of space. For those who appreciate luxury and design.
Where life unfolds
Designed especially for families, to be together but to have their own space and to make guests feel at one with nature while creating minimal impact on the surrounding environment. Set into the treetops, villas rate are up to 4 people and it can hold up to 6 people (additional cost for the 5th and 6th person).
Each villa has two rooms, each room has one king bed, one twin bed, a private bathroom, and share a comfortable terrace with a private pool where you will enjoy stunning views and unparalleled wildlife.
THREE BEDROOM BEACH HOUSE Tucked away behind the tamarind trees
Someone described the house as what the Swiss Family Robinson would have done if Nicaraguan Craftsman’s had been on hand to. Unseen from the beach the Family house is tucked in on a small hill behind the tamarind trees on the beach. It bears built witness to many of the iconic ideas that were later developed into the unique architecture of the Morgan’s Rock Hotel. Each of the phases of building since 1995 have explored the balance between creating wonderful spaces for family vacations whilst maintaining careful equilibrium with the privileged surroundings.
Local vernacular materials are used throughout the buildings, the majority of the wood coming from the Morgan´s Rock property itself. The house provides plenty of spaces for family getaway adventure, including a pool which sits surrounded by trees often filled with monkeys. Several decks offer different dining options depending on the mood, the rain, the sun. The large kitchen and Big Green Egg Grill make sure that cooking is part of the family experience. Bedrooms and bathrooms offer unique indoor-outdoor feel that makes any vacation truly memorable.
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A CRESCENT SHAPED BAY
While the Pacific Ocean has always been known for its infamous currents, our milelong picturesque crescentshaped bay naturally inhibits rip tides, making the morning and afternoon swims safe and enjoyable. Caution needs to be taken during high tide as there can be an undercurrent. The larger the waves, the stronger the outgoing current will be. The lodge does not offer lifeguard services. The water temperature in Southern Nicaragua varies throughout the year. From May to December, the water is very warm as one would expect in tropical waters (84F-88F or 28º-30º). From January through March and certain days in April, the
Humboldt current, which touches the Pacific coast of Central America during this time of the year, sharply affects the temperature of the water, making it slightly chilly (77F-81F-25º-27º). Since this is also the hottest and driest time of the year, cooling off in the fresh waters feels quite invigorating. Body surfing: The size of the surf varies greatly by the hour and day. At low tide most swimmers can go in safely but please know your own limitations and stay alert. Sturdy swimmers who are used to swimming in strong surf can swim and body surf on most days. We offer “boogey boards” at the beach for your enjoyment.
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PASLAMA OASIS An honor to Olive Ridley
You are invited to gaze out at the ocean, inhale the salty-scented breeze, relax, unwind and indulge while experiencing the extraordinary.
A tropical oasis
With a design inspired in Olive Ridley sea turtles, or tortuga Paslama in Spanish. The Paslama Oasis is an extension of the resort, showcasing a tropical oasis of refinement and tranquility. Its palapa structures closely resemble the Paslama shells and honors them in a beach that serves as their sanctuary.
Designed to eliminate tensions, reinforce muscles and joints. Its invigorating and relaxing effect promotes blood and lymphatic circulations as well as the elimination of toxins, helping the body regain its natural balance.
A combination of swedish massage and the application of hot stones at different temperatures to the skin, helping the flow of vital energy, alignment of the chakras and relief of emotional and physical discomfort.
An ancient art that combines benefits of aromatherapy and benefits of Swedish massage, providing relaxation and healing properties for the body.
It focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Especially helpful for tense neck, lower back and pain in shoulder areas.
It uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the bodyâ€™s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension to balance the bodyâ€™s energy system. 51
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A UNIQUE YOGA DESTINATION 4,300sqft overlooking the Pacific Ocean Shrouded by tropical Nicaraguan forest, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, our deck sets the tone for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
Our 4,300sqft open-air yoga platform was designed with hardwood floors and palmthatched “palapa” roof, opened on all its sides. The spacious al-fresco yoga deck prompts full communion with nature – fragrant earth, billowing wind, and the sound of the ocean fully engage the senses and enliven the spirit.
Hatha is an old system consisting of the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (yoga breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body. Vinyasa means movement synchronized with breath, it´s a vigorous style based on a rapid flow through sun salutations.
A TIME FOR EVERYTHING The Hacienda and private nature reserve offer an abundance of different trees, plants, birds, insects and mammals of which our guides are knowledgeable. Your interest in Nicaraguaâ€™s nature, culture, reforestation and organic agriculture at the Hacienda helps spread the word about sustainable development and allows us to train more local people. There are a variety of nature tours exploring the Haciendaâ€™s different ecosystems such as primary tropical dry forest, secondary forest, hardwood plantations, pastures, the untouched beaches and hills overlooking volcanoes, Lake Nicaragua, and the Pacific Ocean. Additionally, the agro tourism based tours where you can learn about reforestation and our very own aquatic and organic farming practices. Should time permit, a day trip to nearby colonial Granada, including active volcanoes and an artisan village, is highly recommended.
Breakfast at the farm
Learn all about life on the farm! Explore a working dairy farm and learn what it takes to get dairy products from farm to table. Here we will milk cows, gather eggs, visit the animals and make fresh tortillas. We will prepare and enjoy a hearty traditional breakfast.
Learn about how organic agriculture finds the balance between a sustainable ecosystem while satisfying the demand for natural and healthy food. Next, you will experience the collection of vegetables and fruits.
To get your bearings on this vast expanse of land and allow for a glimpse of the daily operations of a Nicaraguan hacienda (or farm). The idea is to briefly explain the â€œstationsâ€? of operation and to see the overview of our operations.
The Magic of Reforestation
Join us in the global initiative and help nature by planting a tree. The trees are a food source for animals living in the forest like the agoutis and monkeys. Every specie has a favorite. The Jicaro tree for active squirrels and Guapinol for sloths who are hanging around.
Take a short walk from the lodge to where the estuary meets the beach. Just after sunrise, the estuary is alive with the sound and sights of a variety of species. Then, we walk the main trail of the dry forest along the estuary looking and listening for bird calls as the guide explains about the resident and migratory species.
Grab a bike and get to know Morgan Ě s Rock Private Reserve on two wheels. This experience combines exercise while enjoying contact with nature and its wildlife.
Our quest takes us into the jungle seeking the three species of monkeys found in the Nicaraguan forest: Howler monkeys, Shy Spider monkeys, and the mischievous White Faced Capuchins.
Monkey & Sloth Quest
Our quest takes us into the jungle seeking the three species of monkeys found in the Nicaraguan forest: Howler monkeys, Shy Spider monkeys, and the mischievous White Faced Capuchins.
Morganâ€™s Rock Turtles During turtle season, please leave a message at the reception desk if you would like to be awakened by our night guard when a sea turtle comes to the beach to lay her eggs or if there is the possibility of baby turtles hatching (45-55 days after they have been laid). You can help us help them get to their new home. A unique opportunity with no travel.
Las Tinajas Hike
For the non equestrian athletes who wish to experience the spectacular view, we proudly offer a walking option.
Jungle Night Walk
Once the sun goes down the forest is a while different world. The nocturnal animals wake up and with help of our guides and a flashlight you can be part of this magnificent nocturnal universe.
Catch your Shrimp
Here you will savor the freshest shrimp. We take a short drive to where you will cast the nets and harvest the shrimp. This experience is seasonal.
Explore the estuary and mangrove forest in one of our tandem kayaks at sunrise or sunset, view exotic birds and experience some much deserved tranquility. The estuary is about 1.5 kilometers long, with a plethora of unexplored nooks and a lush abundance of overhanging foliage to navigate through.
Life on Open Sea
Enjoy going out on the sea in one of our boats. Learn about the ecology of the species that inhabit these waters, their life cycles and the food chain. Depending on which species we encounter, we will talk about whales, dolphins, sea turtles, schools of fish, pelicans and myriad of other Pacific residents. On the way back we can stop at Playa Blanca, a beautiful sheltered beach perfect for a swim.
Sunset on a Boat
Take a short stroll down to our private beach and take a ride on one of our boats to enjoy marine life and an exquisite sunset while enjoying a drink.
Visit San Juan by Boat
Hop on our boat and experience the amazing Nicaraguan Pacific coastline on your way to San Juan del Sur. In San Juan del Sur, one can taste local dishes including amazing catch of the day, and visit local stores.
Nicaragua is a surferâ€™s secret paradise. During your stay with us, you will have ample opportunity to take a surf lesson. We are conveniently located near Maderas, a world class beach for experienced surfers.
17 platforms with views of the area of San Juan del Sur. This experience is for those adrenaline-seeking, highflying adventurers.
Take this expedition to La Flor Nature Reserve (30km South of Morgan Ě s Rock) when massive numbers of turtle arrive sometimes the thousands. You will learn about the different species of sea turtles that nest on this beach and their life cycles. You may see these amazing creatures laying eggs or their hatchlings as they take their first steps towards the open Sea. This experience is seasonal. 68
Adventure begins in San Juan de Oriente, a town know for its rich tradition of ceramics. Our experience gives you an opportunity to try your own talents. You go to Catarina overlook and Masaya market where you will learn about myths and legends of the area. You’ll see the Masaya Volcano and enjoy lunch in Granada. You’ll explore Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America and visit the 365 small islands that form Isletas de Granada, by boat.
Deepen your knowledge of the ecology of the Pacific Ocean with a fish eye ́s view. Swim with innumerable Pacific species. You will better understand the role of ocean currents, plankton and the basic structure of the food chain.
ABOUT MORGANâ€™S ROCK
SAFETY CAUTIONS Since we have nestled ourselves into the surroundings of nature, and consequently, renting space amongst the wildlife, we need to remind ourselves daily that we are the visitors in this animal kingdom. These next pages will inform you on some background information, general rules, safety issues and what you may encounter, how to react, what to do, all presented in the hopes of not intimidating you, but rather preparing and informing you of any eventuality.
Health & Safety
We would like to take this opportunity to venture in further depth to ensure a healthy and safe stay. You are located in a slightly remote place concerning the availability of hospitalization. Therefore, take special care. If you feel sick, tell us immediately so we can start making arrangements for evacuation if it should become necessary. Should this be the case at night, our Night Guard on duty knows how to contact the General Manager in the event of an emergency. There is a Clinic in San Juan del Sur about 25 minutes from the Lodge and a Hospital in Rivas about 50 minutes from the Lodge. A state of the art Hospital is located in Managua, approximately 2 hours away. Be very careful of the sun. We are just some 11 degrees north of the Equator and with the wind, the feeling of being burnt by the sun is dramatically delayed. We have ranchos at the beach and one at the pool to protect you. If you are here to capture some rays and return golden bronzed back home, make sure you apply sun lotion in abundance. Of course it goes without saying, that you should drink plenty of water and juices, and try to keep carbonated drinks to a minimum, especially soft drinks, as they have the opposite effect of keeping you hydrated. Try not to scratch insect and mosquito bites, as they are most likely to become infected. A mild antihistamine may help.
The source of our water for the Eco lodge is derived from our own water wells. When it rains a lot, more minerals and especially talc may be tasted in the water. Although standards of hygiene at the Eco lodge are equivalent to those in the developed world, mild digestive upsets are not uncommon when you travel to a new place. Please drink the mineral water from the water containers in your room. If you have a sensitive stomach please ask your server for bottled water rather than house water.
Though we cannot guarantee that you will be seeing all of the animals found at Morgan’s Rock, you will surely come across some interesting and perhaps rare species during your stay. The percentage of seeing wildlife, such as monkeys, iguanas, deer and possums will be even higher if you take part in our tours, as the trails bring you into denser areas of the hacienda. Along with the “cute” animals, come the insects, some small and some larger. Spiders are abundant and they weave their webs at the speed of a Lamborghini flooring it down the Autobahn. None of the spiders are venomous even though they may sometimes appear to be (especially the house spiders that resemble the poisonous Brown Recluse of Northern America, do not be troubled, neither these are poisonous). The plethora of strikingly colorful land crabs that you will see did not get lost, they are actually home to dirt (especially the muddier parts of the estuary), rather than the sand and sea. These too, are not dangerous, they scuttle out of your way the second you approach them, and you will find them outside your room, climbing walls, or perhaps also inside your rooms, because they did get lost.
NESTING INTO THE SURROUNDINGS OF NATURE MEANS WE RENT SPACE AMONGST ITS WILDLIFE
During your stay you are likely to encounter a variety of animals, friendly and not so friendly. You might be witness to a scorpion, a spider, a wasp or even a snake. Fortunately, none are venomous so do not fear. Should you come across a scorpion, remain calm and allow yourself to cheat on the ecosystem by ridding of it with a hard smack of your shoe. If you get stung, the best remedy is a strong cup of coffee, Nicaraguans swear by it. As a preventative measure we recommend shaking out your clothes, towels, linen and shoes before using them. In the event of a snake encounter, remain calm and do not move until it has left. Snakes only attack if they feel threatened. Should you have a strong allergic reaction to bee, wasp or scorpion stings, it would be advisable to seek antihistamine. If you are interested in more information on these and other animals, ask our tour guides, they will be happy to share their knowledge. If you need immediate assistance with an animal, health or safety issues, our 24/7 security guards are available. The mosquitoes have their own agenda with us and it is very difficult to validate either an abundance or refute the lack of mosquitoes, as it very much depends on the wind, weather and presence of humidity or still-standing water. Though we are located near the estuary, we are high enough to escape much of the mosquitoes you may find closer to shore.
An eco-friendly Environment
It goes without saying that we have reasons for naming Morgan’s Rock an Eco lodge rather than a hotel. Many of you seek a destination or property that helps and works with the environment while operating. If you happen upon a visiting jetski in the bay, feel free to inform the Manager who will ask them to leave. The following are some of many of our prerogatives in keeping the 2,000 hectares clean, green and environmentally friendly: gray water is filtered and used for irrigation, we provide organic soap and guest amenities in recyclable resin dispensers rather than as individually wrapped items, cleaning products used are all biodegradable and refilled, we change your sheets every 3 days, we do not replace towels that are hung on the pegs in the bathroom, we try to drive to as few of the hike paths as possible, use paper- based straws from sustainably managed forest with chain-of-custody procedures, we recycle paper and plastic, we feed the farm animals from waste and leftover foods, we compost foods for fertilizing, we encourage guests to turn off evening breeze and lights when not in use, solar panels are used for heating hot water, we are continuing to plant as many vegetables and fruits as possible for the hotels’ consumption, we do not cut down trees for views during the
GREEN IS THE PRIME COLOR OF THE WORLD, AND THAT FROM WHICH ITS LOVELINESS ARISES
green season, we prune branches only, we use low wattage bulbs in the rooms, public areas and walk paths and we hire mostly local people to work at the hotel. To continue with this concept as pioneers for Nicaragua, we are continually engaging our staff in training of recycling and teaching them to understand the reasons behind the necessity of saving water, electricity and keeping the environment pristine. As we continue with the operation of the Eco lodge, we will be dedicating more time and efforts to this most important subject, not only within the boundaries of Morgan’s Rock, but also in the local community.
The safe in your room should be for your valuables. We are not responsible for valuables left lying around in your rooms. We have a day and night guard on watch to report any unusual activities in terms of trespassers from neighboring properties, but as you will discover, they have a lot of ground to cover and your help in keeping your items secure will be much appreciated.
Many inquire about the methods of tipping, thus we are sharing with you what travel professionals suggest. All hard working staff members, many of whom you never met, contributed to your entire experience. All gratuities will be divided equally among the entire staff. Drop gratuity envelopes or school donations form (ask at front desk) at the reception and specify additional tips with envelopes bearing the names of the individuals.
The check-in time to our Lodge is 2:00 pm. If you would like to have an early check-in, we ask you to consult the front desk to make appropriate arrangements.
The check-out time of our Lodge is 11:00 a.m. If you would like to leave later in the day, we ask you to consult the front desk to make appropriate arrangements.
Light: includes dinner (one appetizer, main course, dessert) with natural drinks. Relax: includes lunch and dinner (one appetizer, main course, dessert in each meal) with natural drinks. Discover: includes lunch and dinner with natural drinks with each meal (one appetizer, main course, dessert with each meal) and (1) on site tour (Breakfast at the Farm, Organic Farming, Hacienda Experience, The Magic of Reforestation, Bird Watching, Horseback Riding, Monkey & Sloth Quest, Sunset on the Hill Hike, Pluma Hike, Las Tinajas Hike, Jungle Walk, Jungle Night Walk, Catch your Shrimp, Catch your Mullet, Mangrove Kayaking) per day.
Life’s vibrant hues are way too beautiful and precious to be distorted by the smoke of cigarettes
Morgan’s Rock is nonsmoking. You may smoke where there is no roof nor guests 50mts near the area.
ABOUT MORGANâ€™S ROCK
CONSCIOUS TRAVEL And memorable experiences
We promote sustainable travel practices to allow our guests to have memorable experiences immersed in nature while minimizing our human footprint.
Our Working with Nature Program initiative goes beyond the concept of reduce, reuse, and recycle. We promote sustainable travel practices to allow our guests to have memorable experiences immersed in nature while minimizing our human footprint. We also support our local communities by buying local products, recruiting and training local staff, offering competitive benefits, and showcasing our culture through local food using local ingredients. Morganâ€™s Rock is proud to showcase the fine work of our local sister company Simplemente Madera, who designed, built, and furnished our lodge using sustainable sourced wood from our plantations. The coffee served is harvested and grown in La Cumplida Farm, an outstanding property 1,500 acres of coffee plantations, 2000 acres of tropical cloud forest and 1000 acres of tree plantation farm, with a mixed agroforestry system, which gives a unique opportunity to minimize energy and water consumption in wet mills, preserving the environment and improving living conditions of those who produce them.
In your treehouse you will encounter different signs as part of our Working with Nature Program, we invite you to engage with our initiative and help us minimizing the travel footprint. We will continue leveraging our sustainability programs and innovating ideas to conserve resources, make a supply chain more environmentally conscious, preserve natural habitats and prevent pollution. We are adopting sustainability best practices and building a culture that continuously strives to improve and sustain our positive results over time.
−We are part of an Eco-and-Agro Tourism 1,100-hectare reforestation project and 900-hectare private nature reserve −More than 2 million hardwood and fruit trees planted to speed the return of the land to its natural state as an ecosystem −Our reserve is home to a variety of forest animals from howler monkeys and sloth, to white tipped deer, to most of the bird native to the subtropical region. And the private beach is a nesting ground for sea turtles −The Lodge was carefully built to minimally impact the surrounding area creating a unique architectural of tropical The following are some of blend using many of our prerogatives comfort in keeping the 2,000 sustainable sourced hectares clean, green and wood for furniture environmentally friendly and infrastructure −The majority of products used at the lodge kitchen are organically grown and raised at the Hacienda, including variety of fruits, dairy products, poultry and shrimp
−Gray water is filtered and used for irrigation −Solar energy is used for water heating −Our landscaping principle is to blend in with the forest, therefore we avoid the planting of foreign species −Cleaning products used are biodegradable and refilled to avoid plastic waste −Towel and linen reuse programs to create an efficient water and power usage −We use a spa-inspired personal care collection created with a green conscience, biodegradable, made with natural ingredients in recyclable resin dispensers −We outfit your bed with the Evening Breeze Canopi, an airconditioning system that restricts the temperature change to within your sleeping area. That way you use the minimum amount of energy, all while providing enough cooling breeze to get yourself a good night sleep
−Low wattage bulbs are used in rooms, public areas and walk paths −Paper and plastic recycling −Farm animals are fed with waste and leftover foods −We repurpose kitchen vegetable matter, yard waste and manure from plant-eating animals to feed new plants by tilling it into garden soil −Trees are not cut down for views during the green season, we prune branches only −More than 95% of our workforce is Nicaraguan, prioritizing local local people −We support our local communities, by buying artistic pieces made by Nicaraguan artisans using local materials −We are committed to improving the quality of education for children in nearby rural communities with donations programs that offer school supplies, school furniture, cleaning supplies, water filters and maintenance of school infrastructure
−Guests are encouraged to take part of any soft experience like helping save and protect the sea turtle’s eggs on the private beach or helping plant a tree which help guarantee the reintroduction and survival of native animal species as well as a certified supply of precious wood −We encourage guests to not use straws but if you wish one we use paper-based straws from sustainably managed forest with chain-of-custody procedures −We prohibit the use of jet-skies in the bay or atv tours inside the property −We do not offer room service to avoid attracting fauna inside your treehouse to protect the ecosystem −Maximize our security efforts to keep away hunters −Calm down fires during summer season −We do not promote wildlife feeders and we do not allow guests to feed animals −We comply with the laws
stablished by the Nicaraguan government −We work together with Dive Nicaragua (Diving school) in the creation of a watewr museum to raise the knowledge of Nicaraguans on marine and lake ecosystems of Nicaragua, with the intension to promote greater sensitivity and responsibility of citizens to our oceans, lakes and lagoons
During your stay at Morgan´s Rock you are likely to encounter a variety of animals, friendly and not so friendly. You might be witness to a scorpion, a spider, a wasp or even a snake. Fortunately, none are venomous so do not fear. Should you come across a scorpion, remain calm and allow yourself to cheat on the ecosystem by ridding of it with a hard smack of your shoe. If you get stung, the best remedy is a strong cup of coffee, Nicaraguans swear by it. As a preventative
measure we recommend shaking out your clothes, towels, linen and shoes before using them. In the event of a snake encounter, remain calm and do not move until it has left. Snakes only attack if they feel threatened. Should you have a strong allergic reaction to bee, wasp or scorpion stings, it would be advisable to seek antihistamine. If you are interested in more information on these and other animals, ask our tour guides, they will be happy to share their knowledge. If you need immediate assistance with an animal, health or safety issues, our 24/7 security guards are available.
ABOUT MORGAN’S ROCK
BUILDING A FUTURE
We have an alliance with NicaFrance Foundation since 2009 to support six schools. NicaFrance Foundation was established in 1999, to support elementary education in Matagalpa and now works with Morgan’s Rock, providing an education specialist to follow the quality in the formation of teachers. Morgan’s Rock is committed to improving the quality of education for children in the nearby rural communities of Las Marías, El Bastón, San Antonio, Papaturro, Bernardino y la Talanguera by sponsoring public schools located on those areas with a total of 349 students. Through part of our Social Responsibility program, we provide workshops and activities to strengthen the process of teaching and learning to instill in children a positive attitude of change,
creativity and desire to attain their goals, in order to develop men and women that will take an active part through their education in the social, economic and political aspects of our country. We believe that the quality of teaching and education will always be the result of a common effort of schools, families and community. Some of the contributions come from our guests at the hotel willing to help and contribute for this wonderful cause and institutions like: ANF (American Nicaraguan Foundation) and AMCHAM (American Chamber of Commerce) through NicaFrance Foundation. The donations have come via: backpacks filled with school supplies, school uniforms, expendable equipment, nutritional foods and maintenance of school infrastructure.
NICARAGUAN POET, AUTHOR, NOVELIST
GIOCONDA BELLI Después del agua y el planton fosforescente, de la luna atravesada por el brillo de la tierra, el ruido de los arboles crujiendo, los pasos de los dos sobre el puente colgante -alto columpio para mirar la perfecta herradura de la bahía al atardecerDespués de la madera pulida, los pilares rotundos para evocar espesos bosques de eucalipto, la huella de agua que dejaste al entrar a la cabaña, y el manglar repitiéndose en el espejo del crepúsculo Luego de los libros y el vino, del mar meciéndose incesante junto a nosotros en la terraza, de tu aliento dulce y tu piel salobre en la madrugada Tras el agua clara y luminosa desde donde vimos las Pléyades titilando en la oscuridad y la efímera revelación de los monos congos ladrando ocultos entre las ramas de los hibiscos en flor Después de tus dedos deslizándose sobre los míos y el sabor de la calala en la cueva profunda de tu boca salimos de Morgan’s Rock al camino polvoriento como dos adolescentes ensoberbecidos por la tenacidad y la certeza de nuestro amor. Written on September 07, 2008 at Morgan’s Rock