Northern Highlands

Why Visit

The Northern Highlands have 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.  The reserve 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. 

About the Northern Highlands

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:

  • Trek trails for some superb bird watching opportunities
  • Visit the beautiful El Salto de la Estanzuela waterfall that tumbles 40ft into a lagoon
  • Tour one of the cigar factories in the university town of Esteli
  • Visit Matagalpa, the coffee Capital of Nicaragua and sample the intense flavours
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