Matagalpa attractions

Top Choice Museum in Matagalpa

Casa Museo Comandante Carlos Fonseca

Commander Carlos Fonseca, the Sandinista equivalent of Malcolm X (read: bespectacled, goateed, intense, highly charismatic), grew up desperately poor in this humble abode with his single mother and four siblings, de…
Museum in Matagalpa

Museo Nacional de Café

This absorbing museum features large, glossy, printed displays in Spanish and English on the roots of modern coffee production in the region, as well as antique coffee-processing machinery. Particularly interesting …
Cemetery in Matagalpa

Foreigners Cemetery

Graveyard fans should check out both the Foreigners Cemetery (and nearby National Cemetery) on the eastern edge of town, where you'll find great views and the headstone of Benjamin Linder, an American hydroelectric …
Church in Matagalpa

Iglesia San José

Originally constructed in 1751 and used as a jail for indigenous rebels in the late 1800s, this church was rebuilt in 1917 by Franciscan friars. The baroque gold-leaf altar and arched ceilings are lovely, while its …
Cathedral in Matagalpa

Iglesia Catedral San Pedro

Built in 1874, Matagalpa's glorious, whitewashed neoclassical cathedral is flooded with light. Inside the sanctuary are a natural wood altar, gorgeous domes, arches and crown moldings. It fronts Parque Morazán, a re…
Church in Matagalpa

Iglesia Molagüina

The 1751 Iglesia Molagüina, in the center of town, is the plainest of Matagalpa's churches, but has nice gardens.