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Rancho Esperanza is an authentic and affordable eco hostel located along Jiquilillo's stunning coastline. Here at the Rancho, our guests will be welcomed by our incredible staff who are available to plan daily activities and adventures! We offer a variety of accommodations, from dorm beds and private rooms, to a beachside home fitted with utilities, hammocks, and a view. 


Free Wifi

High speed WiFi is available across Rancho Esperanza for all our guests needs: Zoom Meetings, Emails, Streaming, etc!

Adventures & Activities

With our local connections, Rancho Esperanza offers guided and non-guided adventures for our guests. These include kayaking, surfing, volcano hikes & volcano-boarding, bioluminescent estuary tours, releasing baby turtles and more!

Fresh Cooked Meals

We offer cheap and delicious homemade dishes for every meal, cooked by our wonderful chef Imara. Guests' dietary restrictions can be taken into account.

Social Spaces

High speed WiFi is available across Rancho Esperanza for all our guests needs: Zoom Meetings, Emails, Streaming, etc!

Beach Access

Rancho Esperanza is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Nicaragua. All guests have direct access to the beach, as well as surfboards, bodyboards, and surf lessons.

Boat Service to El Salvador

Backpacking up Central America? Rancho Esperanza will offer you a fully planned, affordable boat service across the Gulf of Fonseca with our staff ready to help with all paperwork required!


Our rooms vary from a 6 person dorm, 2-3 person private cabanas and ocean view casitas, to a family sized beach casa. 

Nightly cost starts at $8 for the dorm and $20 for a private room.

Sunset view from our beach casa


  • How do I get here?
    Getting to Rancho Esperanza is possible both by bus and taxi. From Chinandega, the buses to Jiquilillo leave from "El Mercadito". The bus service to Jiquilillo is excellent and friendly; just ask the ayudante (attendant) to stop at “Rancho Esperanza”. The price is 25 Cordobas and travel time is approximately 1.5 hours to 2 hours. We are located on the left side of the road.
  • What is there to do?
    At Rancho Esperanza we offer a wide variety of adventures and activities that our incredible staff are happy to arrange for you. These include surfing (lessons available), kayaking, hiking volcanoes (and volcano boarding down them!), bioluminescent estuary tours, and releasing sea turtles. Alternatively, if you'd prefer a more relaxing stay, we have board games, beach access, and a lovely social space for our guests at the Rancho.
  • Is it safe?
    Rancho Esperanza is incredibly safe and every accommodation can be locked. The surrounding area is also very safe for both families and solo travelers alike.
  • What if I have dietary restrictions?
    Our wonderful cooking staff is happy to work around dietary restrictions (as much as possible) as long as notice is provided in advance. Vegan and Vegetarian options are very normal, and for more specific dietary needs, there is a small market close by.

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