Attractions

Top Choice National Park in Somoto

Monumento Nacional Cañon de Somoto

The Coco (or Wangki), Central America’s longest river, runs all the way to the Caribbean, but its first impression may be its most spectacular. Gushing from underground, it has carved solid rock into this 3km-long g…
Top Choice Church in San Rafael del Norte

Templo Parroquial de San Rafael Arcángel

Beginning in 1955, the revered Father Odorico D’Andrea turned this antiquated cathedral into a labor of divine love. It’s impeccably restored, with a soaring interior flooded with light streaming through stained-gla…
Top Choice Christian Site in Jinotega

Cerro La Cruz

A steep yet worthwhile hour’s hike from the cemetery and embedded in a boulder-crusted ridge is the town cross, originally placed here in 1703 by Franciscan Fray Margíl de Jesús. The view of Jinotega and the layered…
Top Choice Museum in Estelí

Galería de Héroes y Mártires

Be sure to stop by this moving gallery devoted to fallen revolutionaries, with displays of faded photos, clothes and weaponry. Check out the exhibit (with English signage) on Leonel Rugama, the warrior-poet whose la…
Top Choice Museum in Matagalpa

Casa Museo Comandante Carlos Fonseca

Commander Carlos Fonseca, the Sandinista equivalent of Malcolm X (read: bespectacled, goateed, intense, highly intelligent and charismatic), grew up desperately poor in this humble abode with his single mother and f…
Nature Reserve in Reserva Natural Cerro El Arenal

Selva Negra

If you’re looking for comfort with your virgin cloud forest experience, then Selva Negra – part family resort, part coffee farm and part rainforest preserve – could be for you. The 850-hectare estate blooms with bro…
Nature Reserve in La Dalia & Peñas Blancas

Reserva Natural Macizos de Peñas Blancas

What is possibly the most enchanting nature reserve in Northern Nicaragua has the mossy, misty, life-altering cloud-forest scenery you’ve been waiting for. Besides massive cathedral trees draped in orchids and brome…
Park in Lago de Apanás

El Jaguar

Both coffee enthusiasts and nature lovers will be enamored with this fantastic private reserve with comfortable cabañas (dorm/room per person including three meals US$35/75) and family-friendly trails (read: nothing…
Gardens in Área Protegida Cerro Tisey-Estanzuela

Galería del Arte El Jalacate

Artist and naturalist Alberto Gutiérrez is, some might say, a bit of a hermit – but a welcoming one who loves showing off his orchid-studded property, which is carpeted with coffee and accented with a dozen kinds of…
Mountain in Jalapa

Cerro de Jesús

Just outside Jalapa you'll find Cerro de Jesús (1885m) the largest mountain in the area. It is dominated by the Jesus Mountain coffee plantation, which boasts 400 hectares of organic coffee. But on the flanks of the…