Rancho los Alpes | Informal Campsite



Last Visited: about 1 year ago
GPS: 12.418590, -86.960775
Altitude: 51.0 masl
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Electricity: Yes - At Sites
Wifi: Yes - Fast
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: Yes
Showers: Cold
Water: Non-Potable
Toilets: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes

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You can stay in the parkinglot of the beautiful Rancho. Clean toilet and shower are available. Very friendly owner, who lives on the property with his family. Price now 15 USD for two adults. You find the entry road at N 12.414249; W 86.960413.


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Gorgeous place! Very quiet and lots of shade. Room for a couple of rigs. We arrived at the gate and it was locked but a neighbor came by and offered to go in and alert the people. In the mean time a worker noticed us and opened up. Very friendly owners and Mercedes is extremely nice. We had dinner there; ask in advance how much, because we wanted to pay the next mening and were quoted $15!!! Per plate (chicken, rice and salad) it was very good, but I almost fell over! We bargained down to $6 a plate. I got the feeling it was Mercedes setting the price, although she claimed that’s what her boss told her to charge!! But extremely nice place to stay

Excellent place to stay just a short taxi ride to Leon. No size restrictions for vehicles. Mercedes the housekeeper is an amazing lady and now a life long friend. Very friendly open family that you become a member of. Yes a bit pricey at $15 per vehicle and $20 with electricity. But well worth it. Fast Wifi and super clean shower and bathrooms. Trails around for hiking or horses. I came especially for the vetrenarian services to update shots for the dog and cats. She did them right in the RV. No trip into town in the blazing heat to try and find a parking spot for the rig.

This place unfortunately appeared a little bit abandoned to us. When we arrived, no one was there and even after 20 minutes of waiting nobody showed up. We couldn't figure out where to register or find anybody, so we left.

very quiet and secure place. Axel and his family are incredibly kind, offering the use of their bathroom/shower (cold water, but it's so hot here, it feels wonderful) and common areas (which are very nice). there is a kitchen, but we didn't ask to use and power, but we didn't ask to use as well...not sure if they're available, and if it's an additional charge..there is a pool as well, but there was no water in it at this time. there are also a couple of short trails to walk on the area as well. dog friendly. a great place to have some peace and quiet. $500 córdobas/night for two people and a dog.

Nice sourrounding and so quite. Cool showers.
We paid 15 US-$.

Beautiful and huge property run by a very friendly family. The Matriarch is a veterinarian with an on-site lab. She is very affordable and super accommodating. We were able to plug in and run our AC, we also had clean restrooms and showers and use of the kitchen for 20$.The ranch offers many services such as horseback riding and tours. There are many lovely walking trails and it’s only 10 minutes to Leon and 10 minutes to beach. The housekeeper Mercedes is a real gem and will gladly help you with anything at all. We really enjoyed meeting this family and their animals.

THis place is just as it is described as below. Although we didn’t get to meet axel. Definitely would recommend.

Autumn and rob.

We came here after a day of crossing two borders from El Salvador. We arrived late and they said it was $15 we didn't really have a choice but to agree. Lovely hosts, lovely ranch too. The pool is still not filled, but we got watermelon two fresh orange drinks and some home made liquor too! all in all a lovely peaceful place but probably wouldn't stay again based on the price.

Very nice and hospitable family. Space for a few Overlanders between shady trees, surrounded by nature, lots of birds. Very quiet at night except the frogs at the beginning of rain season. They just built a pool when we was there, unfortunately we couldn’t wait till they finished. Axel can call you a taxi to visit Leon. WiFi was very slow when we was there.

Very nice and helpful family; 12$+1$ for electricity. Parkinglot not very level. Acces to the Rancho is a 1.5km dirt road, but doable also with a classic campervan
We loved to stay here

$12 US per rig. One of those magical IOverlander posts. A beautiful, peaceful ranch with monkeys, horses, Wi-Fi, electricity, immaculate shower/ washrooms and a simply wonderful family. Axel and Ivy were first class hosts. Ivy warmly welcomed us after we arrived late, Axel made us evening cocktails and their talented daughter even put on a dance performance. We ended up staying to nights and went for a horseback ride around the farm on day 2 ($2) An absolute must stop.

Great family, beautiful place, relaxing time.

Best campsite in Latin America! You are treated as friends, can relax in the hammocks underneath the trees, watch birds (the beautiful Motmot for example), ride horses, visit colonial Leon (200 cordobas by taxi, if you prefer to leave the camper at the ranch) or go the beach in Polonia. There’s a short trail through the dry forrest. The family will also arrange various other activities or cook traditional food, on request.
The rate is 12USD for a camper and two persons, 1USD for every extra guest and 2USD for electricity (keep in mind that electricity is expensive for Nicaraguans).

This is a beautiful 170 acre family owned ranch. Jim, Gina, Alma, and Axle, are all extremely friendly, helpful, and accomodating. We needed a doctor visit and Alma set us up with an English speaking doctor. $30 for the office visit.

We rode horses around the farm, enjoyed fresh juices, coffee, and light breakfast each morning. We had electric and water at the parking camp site. They just finished 3 new bathroom with showers right at the campsites. Excellent bathrooms.

The sunsets are gorgeous, and the farm activity is an experience. Quiet peaceful nights, and good wifi. We could stream and catch up on picture uploads.

Great place, only 15 minutes from Leon, or the beach.

Quiet place, very well kept. I'm not here for anything but the electricity... so I negotiated the price at $10 for 1 person with power. Still a bit pricey. But, as mentioned, axel is really accommodating and friendly. The place is very nice and away from the hustle and bustle of either the beach or Leon.
Stayed 1 night.

Amazing ranch with a big parking area for any size rig. Beautiful property with clean bathroom and hot showers ( they have added the hot water recently). Everything is perfect here but the reason to come here is not the facilities; you should come here to meet the owner AXEL. We were lucky enough to meet his sister Alma as well ( she had come home to Nicaragua for a visit). This duo is what traveling is all about, great people with great esprit, the friendliest people one could ever hope to meet. I'm not going to get into the details of it but we are genuinely sad to leave them and go to our next stop. The bright side is we have made life long friends here in Nicaragua. Please come and meet them, stay at their beautiful ranch and learn about all the good things they have been and are doing for their community.
Last but not least, I have to mention his three dogs ( Emma, Lola, and Stitch) if you are a dog lover then to are in heaven these three are going to steal your heart, the most amazing dogs you could hope to meet on your trip ( three amigos).
Mucho gracias mis amigos para su hospitalidad. fue un honor para que se reunió usted y sus seres queridos. gracias por compartir su hermosa casa con nosotros. no se puede esperar a ver de nuevo.

Very nice place, we have rent two bedrooms with breakfast included for 50$ US. Axel and his family are really kind. It is clean and we can use the kitchen. 10km from Las peñitas, you can take a chicken bus 10Q per person.

Great place to stay. Axel and the family are great hosts and made us feel welcome. They had a party for a friend one night and we were invited, too. Very clean facilities, we were also allowed to use kitchen. Paid $15 a night for vehicle camping

As a lot of others before mentioned Axel is a really nice and helpful host and will keep you hydrated with juices and a good night rum. ;) The place is really nice too and you have the possibility to make a BBQ. Also there are showers and toilets which are clean but have a very low water pressure. Wi-Fi is also available and works pretty good. Electricity hook up was possible as well. We paid 15$ per night per car.

We had a wonderful stay at the Rancho. We stayed 3 nights in our car and left it one night at the ranch while volcano trekking. Camping with electricity is 15 USD, without electricity 12 USD, just parking the car was free. The ranch is beautiful and has everything: clean bathrooms, kitchen, wifi, electricity, water hose for filling the water tank, a BBQ grill. Also Axel is very nice and attentive, from time to time we got some complimentary watermelon or juice or rum. Leon is just an easy 10 km drive. All in all a bit pricey but well worth the money.

beautiful finca 10 km far from Leon, Axel, the owner, is unbelievable friendly, clean bathroom, fast wifi, nice view from the patio, 8 U$ pro person/night for camping, he has also double room with own bath for 35 U$/night including cafe in the morning, and a dormitorio 6 U$/ night incl. cafe in the morning, we felt really welcomed,

Axel and his wife run a wonderful rancho about 10 km south of Leon. They have dorms and rooms, but we camped on the property on a (almost) level concrete platform in the lush garden. We were the only ones there. Axel speaks a little bit English, but is very patient with beginners trying español. In the morning he brought complementary crackers with cream cheese and coffee, in the afternoon a plate of BBQ and in the evening quesedillas. Don't know whether this is standard, but it was very attentive. US$ 12 per night, super fast wifi, nice toilet/shower combinations (1 M/1 F), low water pressure, put enough to rinse the shampoo out. Filled up the water tank (takes a while, because of said water pressure). Easy drive to Leon (we parked on the street with medium sized van) or just relax at the rancho. Don't follow your GPS for the last stretch. At the very clear sign at the side of the highway turn right (coming from Leon). This is a Y, keep left (GPS took us right).

Price U$15 now. It's possible to pay in c$. We used kichen, bath, shower, internet and washed clothes.

In theory the perfect place around Leon with the superfriendly owner Axel, a nice camping area and very clean facilities. But in this time of the year for us unfortunately just too hot (38 C)! 12 USD per night for two adults. You find the entry road at N 12.414249; W 86.960413.

Great location close to Leon but bring your leveler. Izy and Axel are great. Lots of things to do. If you are interested they can offer from canopy to horseback ridding. Wifi and restaurant available. Paid 12 USD.

Tranquil place, wonderful people and passionate about supporting the local people. $6 per person per night and worth every penny. Bus to Leon or beach every 45 minutes.

Very Nice! Good food, very friendly. Camping next to the Building. Internet was very fast. 2 hours Horse Ride 10$ per Horse. We 5 payed $15.- per Night. Wonderful surrounding, quiet.

You can stay in the parkinglot of the beautiful Rancho. Clean toilet and cold shower are available. Very friendly owner, who lives on the property with his family. We paid 10 USD/night.