How do I get to InanItah?

Directions and maps can be found here.

Do I need a visa to visit Nicaragua?

Citizens of the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel can stay for up to 90 days without applying for a visa and are able to get an extension of another 90 days. For all other countries, it is best to check with your embassy or consulate. Keep in mind that you will need a passport that is valid for 6 months from your date of entry.

Should I exchange U.S. Dollars to Cordobas (Nicaraguan currency) before I go?

It is not necessary to exchange money prior to arrival, but you may get a better exchange rate in your home country. Most businesses in Nicaragua accept U.S. dollars, but usually only if you have small bills.

Where is the nearest ATM machine?

The most reliable ATMs are in Moyogalpa, the port city, a 2-hour bus ride, or 45 minute drive away from InanItah. This is the last ATM stop on your way to InanItah in your travels.

Is it safe to drink the water at InanItah?

Yes. The water comes from a fresh spring high up the volcano.

What kind of electricity is there?

110 Volts, which is standard North American voltage. At InanItah we live completely off the grid, relying on the sun and human engineering to supply our electrical needs, with a back up generator for construction or emergencies.

What’s the weather like?

May through November is invierno (winter), the rainy or green season, when temperatures are cooler and the rain and the sun take turns, the rainiest months being September and October.  November through April is verano (summer), characterized by hot, dry days and blue skies, with temperatures in the high 20s (80°F), and reaching into the low 30s (92°F) in March and April. High tourist season here is December through March.

What do I need to bring?

The following is a list of items that can make your stay more comfortable.  Often, people also want to help by bringing items that are challenging for us to get here.  We have an ongoing list of those items on our wish list page.

If you are planning a shorter visit:

  • Shorts and t-shirts
  • Light Long-sleeved shirts
  • Long socks (to keep the mosquitoes and sand flies from biting your feet)
  • Light Long pants (leggings work well, or anything that is tight at the ankle for the mornings and evenings, when the mosquitos and such are out)
  • And/or…All-natural bug spray (the best is All Terrain Natural Herbal Armor)
  • Rain jacket (preferably with a hood)
  • Bathing suit (in case you’d like to swim in the lake)
  • If your camping with your own gear, you’ll need a sleeping bag or warm blanket if camping during the greener cooler season (May – Jan)
  • Warm sweater or hooded top during the cool season (Nov – Feb)
  • Towel
  • Headlamp and rechargeable batteries (we have a recharger)
  • All-natural sunscreen if you use it
  • Biodegradable shampoo, soap, etc.
  • Personal medical supplies
  • Tampons if you need them (they can be difficult to find on the island)
  • If you are a smoker, please be aware that we only smoke natural tobacco. Please bring natural tobacco with you, or you may purchase it from us or our neighbors, El Zopilote.

If you are staying for a longer period of time, additional things that are very useful:

  • Rubber boots (in the rainy season)
  • A sandal or gardening shoe that you can wear with socks and are easy to slip on and off

Stuff that is not necessary, but can be nice to have:

  • Musical instruments
  • Art supplies
  • Fire toys
  • Yoga mat
  • Essential oils
  • Plastic bags for keeping clothes and electronics dry (rainy season only)

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