Located in the epicenter of the country, Matiguás is located 249 kilometers from the capital Managua, and 68 kilometers from the departmental capital, Matagalpa City.
Matiguás was declared municipality in 1918 and elevated to city in 1999. Its name means "water mouse" in Sumo language.
Matiguás is prepared to welcome visitors and offers a great variety of restaurants and dining rooms as well as fritangas and numerous hotels, especially near the municipal market.
This municipality is part of the so-called "Milky Way", one of the most important points in milk production and its derived products.
A few kilometres from the town centre, in the village of La Patriota, on Cerro El Encanto, more than 400 paintings, petroglyphs and engravings in the stones as well as pre-Columbian ceramic pieces were discovered in its caves.
Two nature reserves are located in the municipality of Matiguás.
The Cerro Kirawa Nature Reserve (Quirragua) of volcanic origin dating from the tertiary era.
Within this reserve the visitor may choose to stay in one of the various farms, which offer adequate infrastructure and quality.
There are many activities that can be done on the farms, from hiking to guided tours,
baths in the different dams, and in the future we hope to be able to offer the activity of climbing and abseiling, taking advantage of the natural resources that the reserve has, such as La Peña Kirawa and La Peña del Trapiche.
The other reserve is the Cerro Pancasán Natural Reserve,
that has relevance as a protected area but also as a historical site.
Pancasán means in Sumo language "Cerro de la Danta" and is 1090 meters high.
Cerro Pancasán is an ancient volcanic cone from the tertiary period.
In the area of the reserve there are some outstanding hills that invite us to make excursions, trekking, guided routes and enjoy spectacular panoramic views from their peaks.
The Cerro de los Mojones, presents a group of capricious rock formations of hitherto unknown origin and surrounded by a certain magical air.
Cerro Paipík, which allows us to observe the central chimney from which centuries ago was a volcano; and Cerro Colorado more distant, but equally attractive.
Some of the animals that live in the Reserve are the monkey congo and white-faced monkey, cusuco, toucan green beak, parrots and chocoyos.
Cerro Pancasán was the scene of a historic event on August 27,1967.
Sandinista National Liberation Front fighters were ambushed and killed by the National Guard.
Among those killed was one of the founders of the FSLN, Silvio Mayorga.
Today you can visit the 13 tombs of the combatants and the museum. This place was declared a national historical site.
They exist within the Natural Reserve, agro-tourist farms, dedicated to the production of coffee, cocoa and livestock, among others.
Its agro-tourist promoters will be in charge of accompanying visitors so that they can get to know up close the operation and agro-ecological production processes of the different rubles.
There are farms that still dedicate themselves to the artisanal milling of sugar cane, an interesting visit to discover the methods and tools used to process sugar cane in the traditional way.
Ground cane is used to make honey and typical sweets such as alfeñique.
A sweet taste to finish the route through the Pancasán Natural Reserve.
To get to the nature reserve, if you come from Matiguás, you have to take the road towards Boaco-Matiguás, and go to the Jobo-Pancasán junction.
You can reach Matiguás from Boaco or Matagalpa.
Coming from Boaco, take the road towards Muy Muy-Rio Blanco.
If you travel by public transport, there are buses from Boaco that leave regularly.
If you come from Matagalpa, you have to take the road that leads to Muy Muy in the direction of San Ramón.