Selva Negra, Near Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Northern Highlands

The Northern Highlands has a timeless ambience that makes them Nicaragua’s best-kept secret. Here, several cloud forest reserves are found at higher altitudes, most notably the Reserva Natural Miraflor.

Reserva Natural Miraflor features a network of trails designed to make most of the diverse range of wildlife that live here; from resplendent quetzal to the river otter, and a vibrant array of flora including orchids.

North of Managua the valley rears steeply toward the Honduran border with a ribbon of tall rugged mountain peaks shrouded in thick cloud forest and pine trees. Waterfalls cascade from tall granite ridges and the fertile valley below is speckled with acres of prime coffee and tobacco plantations.

Experiences

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Coffee Beans, South America

Matagalpa

Visit the coffee Capital of Nicaragua and sample the intense flavours.

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Chestnut Mandibled Toucan, Nicaragua

Bird Watching

Trek trails for some superb bird watching opportunities.

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Esteli Tobacco Plantation

Esteli Cigar Factory

Tour one of the cigar factories in the university town of Esteli.

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El Salto de la Estanzuela

El Salto de la Estanzuela

Visit the beautiful El Salto de la Estanzuela waterfall that tumbles 40ft into a lagoon.

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Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Highlights of Nicaragua

Uncover the highlights of Nicaragua while travelling between crescent-shaped bays and colonial-era cities, taking a ferry to the nation’s iconic volcanic island, hiking through cloud forests, interacting with friendly fruit-selling and fabric-weaving locals and sipping sundowners on sun-drenched beaches.

14 days

from £4,455 pp

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John Faithfull

This volcanic country offers an epic landscape of smoking cones, and one of John’s recommendations is to climb the young cindercone of Cerro Negro before tumbling down a vertiginous slope of light and (fairly) forgiving pumice scree.

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