It would be hard to dream up a sweeter setting than what you’ll find in this tiny mountain pueblo 20km north of Ocotal, and just a 30-minute drive from Honduras. Think narrow, cobbled streets, surrounded by the pine-studded, coffee-shaded Segovias, carved by a rushing, cascading river. The principal site is the Santuario de la Virgen de la Piedra, where the radiant Virgin of Guadalupe blesses a kneeling pilgrim surrounded by fragrant gardens that attract butterflies. Her faithful arrive on Saturday and Sunday to light candles and voice their prayers. And if you land here on December 12, the Día del Virgen de Guadalupe, you can be a part of the festive love mob, which descends from all corners of the northern highlands.
The majestic mountains around Dipilto are known for producing some of the best coffee in Nicaragua. Staff in the alcaldía can help organize hikes through some of Dipilto's stunning shade-grown plantations with especially trained local guides. Several of the farms offer rustic accommodations, including Finca San Isidro, a charming old hacienda with great views. Also ask about guided treks to quetzal nesting grounds in the cloud forest on the 1867m El Volcán.