There are dreams that take a lifetime to achieve; that become a guiding thread in a person’s life.
Such is the case for the Baltodanos: Sonia, an architect, and Toño, a globetrotting entrepreneur.
After residing in New York and Miami for the better part of three decades they established a family residence in their native country, Nicaragua. Returning to their homeland was a long cherished aspiration for both, which provided them the opportunity to serve their country while investing in businesses that provide jobs and inspiration.
Their home is situated on a volcanic ridge, overlooking an ancient Cloud Forest, known locally as El Bajo. In the preceding decades El Bajo has been imperiled by the activities of poachers and subsistence farmers burning and clearing the neighboring lands for agriculture. This is not unlike what is happening with rainforests the world over. Fifty million hectares of Cloud Forests existed in the world 30 years ago; only 10% of them remain today.
El Bajo forms part of this fragile network of forests that serve as the lungs for our planet and as a home for rare and endangered species.
Wishing to contribute a solution to the problem the Baltodanos have purchased 800 hectares of land from local farmers, placing them in a preservation trust that can never be sold.
Now they are unveiling an ecotourism project called Habitarte that seeks to ensure the forest’s long term survival by providing an important service for those who are seeking a respite from the outside world.
Sonia, the architect and builder of the project, describes Habitarte as the confluence of their passion for nature and their thirst for adventure and spiritual growth.
“It is a place of great beauty where one can indulge the senses and learn the art of journeying into oneself”
Our purpose is to contribute to the conservation and protection of the forest, as well as to contribute to the development of the community, to make each member a guardian of the Forest and its wealth. This is possible thanks to your preference, since the profits generated are reinvested in maintaining the cloud forest and in Apapachoa Foundation social programs.