This deep, Y-shaped valley 30km south of Managua has a small, 184-hectare natural reserve that was originally created to safeguard almost one-third of Managua’s water supply. El Brujo (The Warlock) is a waterfall that seems to disappear underground, separated by a 400m cliff from El Chocoyero (Place of Parakeets), the high but less immediately impressive cascade. Show up at around 3pm and you’ll see bands of parakeets come screaming home for their evening gossip.
Start at the interpretive center, with displays about the park’s five parakeet species, then follow the trails leading to the waterfalls. Ask the staff about hiking guides or special tours, like the nighttime bat tour or a birdwatching hike.