One would not believe that just 15 years ago the land was barren, completely cut down and used as cattle pasture, it was not the lush mountain forest we know it as today. These days, Ojochal is home to various works of living art, as many homeowners take pride in their manicured and fruitful gardens. Ojochal, named after the “Ojoche” tree, also known by natives of the area as the tree of life (as one can consume the tree from root to leaf). You can find the Ojoche trees that were replanted are now growing strong along the sides of the roads in Ojochal.
It is a quiet village that is home to many expatriates and snow birds alike. Winters are becoming more harsh and many travellers are wanting to escape the cold. Rental villas are being filled and retirees are flocking to the quaint village to relax and resource. Also well-known for its large French Canadian expatriate community, Ojochal boasts a strong community with a wide diversity of people, whether it is culturally speaking or professionally. It has a cosmopolitan community and you never know who you may meet at one of the various social events held throughout the year, fascinating people and fascinating stories light up conversations.
As for services, new to Ojochal is an ATM at the grocery store. On the corner of the entrance to Ojochal, you will see a building being erected, which will be a national hardware store, the town is developing, seemingly at a slow yet assured pace. Ciudad Cortés and Palmar Sur, both within a 30 minute drive from Ojochal; offer all the services you will need, like the nearest hospital in the area. There is an airport in Palmar Sur with national flights that depart daily.
With a direct view of the island formations ‘Las Très Hermanas’ (The Three Sisters) and ‘Isla Ballena’ (Whale Island), accompanied with the sound of the waves crashing on the rocky rimmed beachfront, Playa Piñuelas makes for a great swim at mid tide and delivers perfect sunset moments. Swaying palm trees provide shade cover and fishermen cast out lines from the shore. Playa Piñuelas is the last stop on the ‘Parque Nacional Marino Ballena’ circuit.
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Located at KM 162
Cascada de Ojochal
Natural beauty put on display, it is a location easy to get to, and the relaxing pools of water are wonderfully refreshing midday. The flowers and landscaping are unique and complete the authentic experience. Small entrance fee for maintenance.
Go straight on Calle Bosque and turn right at the Church
Go 700 mtrs, turn left down dirt road (before bridge)
Go 50 mtrs, entrance to Doña Elida’s is