About Me


Esther Bakker I'm a Dutch expat who always wanted to start a B&B in another country. In 2010 I sold my house in the Netherlands, quit my job as a bank manager and bought a ticket to Ecuador. I lived there for a while,but it wasn't the place for me. I then decided to go for my second choice; Nicaragua. In 2011 I arrived here in Esteli, fell in love with the place, the people and bought a house. I'm an outgoing person who speaks English, Dutch, German and Spanish fluently. I used to speak French as well, but somehow when I learned Spanish, the French got a bit lost along the way :) Like I said I fell in love with Nicaragua, but I also fell in love with my boyfriend Jairo. I have known him from the first months I arrived in Nicaragua and we have been living together for some years now. Still very happy :). It has always been my pleasure to welcome people to my house and pamper them with great atmosphere, food and drinks and Jairo is also of the same spirit. So in our B&B we would like to do the same. Please if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask us , we would like to make you feel very welcome in our B&B. Hope to see you very soon :) Esther and Jairo
 

Bed & Breakfast Villa Riviera

We have food :)

If you don’t feel like going out after a day of hiking, we also serve some small meals at our B&B. Sometimes we have ‘a meal of the day’ as well. Just ask us what we have to offer and we promise you, you won’t go hungry :)! 

Miraflor Tour

Did I mention that Jairo is from Miraflor originally and does tours up there :)? Well now you know it…..:). Miraflor is pretty big (254 square kilometres) and has a lot of small communities. You definitely need a knowledgeable guide to show you all the good spots, otherwise you will be walking around and miss some of the nicer places. In the morning you take the local bus (an adventure) up to one of the highest points in Miraflor and during the day you start walking your way down. You will see a waterfall, beautiful vistas, nature etc. Lunch will be made for you at a local farm and they produce their own food!! Around 3pm you will take the bus back to Esteli. Come and do the tour and see for yourself how beautiful Miraflor is!!  

‘The White House’.......

After 6 years of having had a yellow and white house…..we now live in ‘The White House’. And although we don’t have any presidential suites, the white does give our rooms extra comfort. Reflecting the sunlight and being at 1100 mtrs, provides a nice climate without the necessaty of air conditioning :).

To lounge or not to lounge….

Get ready to put your feet up after a day of hiking in Miraflor or other sightseeing! It all started with 6 posts Jairo gave me for my birthday and ended in a lovely lounge area! Wicker baskets turned into lamps and wooden slabs into tables…..here is the result!

Our ‘famous’ banana bread recipe


For a long time now people have commented on our homemade banana bread and have asked me for the recipe. So at last I have decided to put it in our blog so everyone can enjoy it, even though they are not staying at our bnb :).

Here is the recipe, it is per loaf (I usually make three at the same time and of the three that I make I always give one away. Sort of a paying it forward :)

10 very ripe bananas

2 cups of flour or ground oats

1 tablespoon of baking powder

1 egg (beaten)

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

A dash of vanilla

A pinch of salt


Mash the bananas together with the vanilla and oil. Add the salt, egg and baking powder. Then add the (sifted) flour. Mix it all together till the batter is firm. Add more flour if you think it is too fluid. Bake for app an hour at 180 degres Celsius. I use silicon molds so I don’t use any more oil, they come out of the molds easily :). And enjoy your bread. Also delicous with our peanut butter (with chili). Will share that recipe later on in a blog :)

Homemade goodies :)

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My Dutch name is Bakker, which as you can probably deduce, is Baker in English. My friends used to call me the ‘real Bakker’, because I love to bake and even had a little afternoon tea business on the side at one point during my life. So it is safe to say I am one happy Bakker and therefore just recently started adding some homebaked goodies to our ‘menu’. And they have been received well so far :). Key lime pie, banana cream pie( see picture), ‘Not really apple’but mango pie, coconut kisses(see picture) and also savory ones like spinach (from our own garden) and local fresh cheese quiche. We will always try to have some of these scrumptious goodies for you available from now on. Come and try them out, or if you would like a recipe, just mail me :) and I will be happy to share!

Have a ‘sweet’ day :)!

Highland Tour

If you have only visited the beaches and places like Granada, Masaya, Leon etc, you will never know how diverse Nicaragua is. The beautiful hills and mountains in the North of Nicaragua paint an altogether different picture. Especially in the winter when these HIghlands have turned  lush green again it is a sight for sore eyes.

A couple of months ago we decided to offer this tour to our guests. It started as a customized request for some guests staying with us. But later it turned out there was more demand for a tour like this.

It can be quite difficult to find your way into the mountains, especially when not driving a 4 wheel drive. Plus the roads we take are defintely of the beaten track and no tourist route at all. That is what makes it a great tour.

Leaving the B&B at your convenience (or even if you are not staying with us you can take the tour as people have done so already), we take the road into Miraflor. The nature reserve Miraflor is quite big and almost upon leaving Esteli we are entering it. We follow the road all the way up to the Cloudforest, where we stop at a finca so you can see the sights. Also if you wanted to you can do a tour there as well. Then we drive on to San Sebastian de Yali and San Raphael de Norte. Both are typical Nicaraguan mountain towns. After leaving both towns behind us, depending on what time it is, we plan a route back to Esteli. 

The tour costs 130$ for the car and the driver (me :). And including me 5 people can fit the car comfortably. So you can split the costs.

The real advantage of this tour is that you get to see a lot of countryside and places in only one day. And follwing an off the beaten track path that most tourists will never see. 

Here are some images 

El Sumidero

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After having had Harry Potter’s Moaning Myrtle presiding in our toilet for half a year it was enough…she had to go.

One night Jairo came home and said I am going to build a sceptic tank before the proverbial ‘shit hits the fan’ :). My cousins are going to dig the hole and I have bought bricks cement and iron to make the tank. The pictures give you an idea :)

So now we run on sceptic thanks to Jairo and his famil, no more gurggling sounds and Myrtle has moved on to another location :)

El Sumidero

After having had Harry Potter’s Moaning Myrtle presiding in our toilet for half a year it was enough…she had to go.

One night Jairo came home and said I am going to build a sceptic tank before the proverbial ‘shit hits the fan’ :). My cousins are going to dig the hole and I have bought bricks cement and iron to make the tank. The pictures give you an idea :)

So now we run on sceptic thanks to Jairo and his famil, no more gurggling sounds and Myrtle has moved on to another location :)

Coffee

Yeeehaaaaw our own coffee!!

Two years ago we planted 10 coffee plants, which have now become bushes. And what is more, they recently bloomed and the blooms turned into……yes!!!…..coffee beans!!!! I cannot describe how cool it is to have your own coffee. I know I know, the first ‘crop’ will probably be no more that 2 pounds haha, but hey it is the idea of having your own coffee that counts right? Maybe one day we will have our own coffee label ;)

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