Nature, history, coffee, religion, Rubén Darío, adventure, Sandino, indigenous populations, crafts, water, Carlos Fonseca and nature again ... this and much more offers us the department of Matagalpa. Some destinations offered by this department have been disseminated and services have been developed to guarantee visitors an unforgettable experience with the highest quality. But most of the destinations, riches and jewels that have kept us this region are practically unknown and are very little exploited tourist, which represents a direct contact with the virgin nature and the daily life of their rural communities.
The department of Matagalpa is formed by the departmental head, city of Matagalpa, and the municipalities of Ciudad Darío, Esquipulas, Matiguás, Muy Muy, Rancho Grande, Rio Blanco, San Dionisio, San Isidro del Guayabal, Sébaco, Terra Bona and El Tuma-La Dalia.
It is the southernmost department of the northern departments of Nicaragua and is one of the most mountainous in the country. We offer two types of climates according to the region, in the south of the department we find a dry and hot climate, while in the east and the headland they have a much cooler and pleasant climate, with temperatures ranging between 16º and 25º.
The department of Matagalpa offers a great diversity of services and activities framed in the experiences of ecological tourism and rural community tourism, all of them closely linked to its maximum production ruble, coffee, as well as its history and its illustrious characters.
It is, undoubtedly, the perfect apartment for the tourist to know the nature of the Nicaraguan coffee mountains. Along the coffee route, Matagalpa is more than ready to welcome the thousands of tourists who travel every year through the department, There are variety of hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions.
Along the territory of the department have been archaeological remains and petroglyphs, from San Ramón, Matiguás and Ciudad Darío, but above all, the municipality of Sébaco, where you can visit the Pre-Columbian Museum of Chagüitillo, and the sanctuaries of the Deer and the Leap of the Mico. At present, descendants of the first indigenous communities live in the area and retain part of their cultural legacy, their ancestral traditions and their own organization and authorities.
Cerro Pancasán and Carlos Fonseca Amador's House Museum, declared a historical-cultural heritage of the nation, bring us closer to a more recent episode of the country's history, that of the Sandinista revolution.
And if we speak illustrious characters, no doubt Rubén Darío has a relevant place in the department and throughout the country. In Ciudad Darío we will be able to visit the House where the poet was born, declared Cultural Historical Monument of the Nation, and turned into Museum, or we will be able to participate in the Dariense Day that is celebrated every year in the month of January.
The Cathedral of San Pedro in the city of Matagalpa and the Church of the Immaculate in Sébaco are religious buildings declared historical and cultural monuments of the nation. In Esquipulas is celebrated the pilgrimage of the Lord of Esquipulas that has acquired diffusion at national level and in Terrabona can know the particular celebration to San José that takes place in the month of March.
In the department of Matagalpa, black pottery is produced, declared a cultural heritage of the nation. In La Trinidad you can see how the hammocks of a thousand colors are woven, or buy some leather boots in the workshops of Talabartería Muy Muy. In the community of Chile, in San Ramón, you will be able to travel in time and learn about the traditional techniques of the indigenous peoples in loom weaving. And in the community of Aranjuez you can admire the authentic works of art made by a group of women with henequen. In Sébaco, a must if you want to go to Matagalpa city, let yourself be surprised by its wide palette of colors from its vegetable and fruit selling points, photography lovers can enjoy excellent shots.
Matagalpa is a department with a great natural wealth overflowing, striking waterfalls, paths in the middle of forests surrounded by fog, curious geological formations that guarded impassible the passage of history, mines and caves wrapped in mysteries and legends.
In the city of Matagalpa we can visit El Parque Ecológico El Calvario, where besides enjoying its nature offers us the possibility of practicing an experience not suitable for people who suffer from the heart as is the Canopy.
One of the Natural Reserves best known and visited is the Selva Negra Natural Reserve with its artificial lagoon, its trails and its Coffee Museum. In the Natural Reserve Salto Rio Yasika (City of Matagalpa) we can not miss a waterfall that leaves with The bo Ca open to the most demanding tourist, Salto Santa Emilia or Cascada Blanca.
Other 3 Natural Reserves exist in the territory of the departmental headland Cerro el Arenal Natural Reserve (Matagalpa City), Cerro Apante Natural Reserve (Matagalpa City), Matagalpa City, Cerro Frío-La Cumplida Nature Reserve (Matagalpa City) and Natural reserve Cerro Cumaica-Cerro Alegre (Matagalpa city).
In the rest of the department we find the Cerro Kiriwuá Natural Reserve (Matiguás), Cerro Pancasán Natural Reserve (Matiguás), Macizos Peñas Blancas Natural Reserve (Rancho Grande, Tuma-La Dalia) , Cerro Kuskawás Nature Reserve (Rancho Grande), Cerro Musúm Nature Reserve (Rio Blanco), Forest Genetic Reserve and National Protected Natural Area of Yúcul-Guabule-El Gorrión Serranías (San Ramón) In the municipality of San Ramón you can enjoy The Private Wild Reserve Finca Esperanza Verde.
In Ciudad Darío you can visit the site RAMSAR System Lacustre Playtas-Moyoguá-Tecomapa, place of nesting and sighting of numerous av Are tropical.