Impossibly scenic and peacefully pastoral San José de los Remates has relatively easy access to Reserva Natural Cerro Cumaica-Cerro Alegre, and it flaunts it through a municipal tourism program launched to help preserve its own clean water supply. Several years ago, a Boaco-based cattle-ranching operation had polluted the watershed to the point that municipal ground water was threatened.
The townspeople mobilized, convinced the rancher to grow sustainable organic coffee instead, and reforested much of the property themselves. The land is now protected as a municipal park, Reserva Hídrica Municipal La Chorrera, adjacent to the national reserve. Local tourism helps foot the bill.