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Estación Biológica Mombacho

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Estación Biológica Mombacho (Mombacho Biological Station) is located six miles (10 km) south of the city of Granada, and is co-managed by the Cocibolca Foundation.

The lodge is at an elevation of 3,937 feet (1,200 meters) above sea level, where moist trade winds travel from the Caribbean Sea, cross Lake Nicaragua, and collide with the cliffs of Mombacho Volcano, producing a rare microclimate with hurricane-force winds, heavy fog and torrential rains, driving temperatures down to 54° F (12° C) in some seasons of the year.

Details:

Rooms:

One large room with 15 cots.

Making a Difference:

Certification Score
Environmental management:
91%
Sociocultural management:
97%
Business management:
92%
Overall Performance:
93%
Supporting Community
Number of Employees:
23
Percentage of local employees:
75

We carry out multiple projects to support conservation activities in the Mombacho reserve, for example a campaign against the pet trade and wildlife trafficking and using local tourism routes and activities (colonial architecture, archeological and volcano tours, bird watching, and more) to support local economic development. We also conduct research projects outside the Mombacho area, such as biological monitoring on wind farms in the city of Rivas. We also supplement reserve staff salaries and contribute to the reserve’s financial sustainability by selling T-shirts, brochures and other materials.

We participate in the Rainforest Alliance’s “Adopt a Rainforest” program, through which we receive donations to help protect Mombacho’s forests. We have also formed partnerships with landowners surrounding the reserve, who serve as volunteer rangers to improve surveillance against illegal activities in Mombacho’s critically important areas.

Forest canopy - photo by Sergio Izquierdo

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