Estelí and Matagalpa

If you enjoy coffee, cacao and cigars (and learning how they’re made), then you shouldn’t miss the northwest region of Nicaragua!

Where to Stay & What to Do

This was at the end of our (first) Nicaragua trip, so we didn’t have as much planned out ahead of time, and unfortunately I didn’t keep the contact info from our guides. There are several options for guided tours, so just ask around!

Adam outside of the Chapel at Selva Negra

Selva Negra Ecolodge
We enjoyed our stay here! It is a bit remote, but the grounds were beautiful and they offer several on-site tours too- including nature, coffee, cacao, farm, birdwatching, hiking, and even horseback riding.


Las Brisas
I don’t remember where we found a guide to come here, but it was a nice add-on to our trip. I wouldn’t go out of my way to come here, but if you’re in the area…


Cascada Blanca
Again, I don’t remember how we found the guide, but it was a fun excursion! This is a little more popular than Las Brisas, and you can even walk up and behind the waterfall.

Cascada Blanca

Swimming in Somoto Canyon

Somoto Canyon
This was a great, adventerous excursion! It’s definitely for adults or older children, but you hike, wade, swim, and relax your way through the canyon. We hired a guide to bring us here and I think it was worth it. This blog has a lot of more detailed information, including if you’d like to try it without a guide!