Coffee plantations in Nicaragua? But of course! If you book this trip you go and explore the north of Nicaragua, where you will find jungle, coffee plantations and the city of Matagalpa. You stay with local families in their comfortable, but basic homes.
Your host families, however, do have experience with foreign guests. Where necessary, they provide you with mosquito nets and water filters for instance. Therefore, you really do not need to worry about hygiene. The luggage you do not need for the next four days will be stored in Matagalpa, so you can travel light. Do bring your camera, binoculars and enough water.
On the first day, you arrive in the northern city of Matagalpa. From here you continue your way to La Pita, the village where you will stay the first night. Here Fairtrade coffee is produced by a local cooperative. You spend the night in basic rooms with private bathrooms. In the morning your Nicaraguan host family serves a tasty, traditional ‘Campesino’, or farmer’s breakfast.
On your first hike, you will pass large coffee plantations on the way to the village of La Corona and you will visit a local farm with your local guide. From there you walk to a beautiful waterfall, this is, of course, an excellent place for a refreshing dive. You spend the night with a local family in La Corona.
The next morning you walk about 2 hours through open fields with traditional crops such as corn and beans. The last stretch towards your final destination, the impressive mountain range of Peñas Blancas, you travel by car.
Peñas Blancas is the largest protected rainforest in Central America
(20,000 km2). In the village with the same name, Peñas Blancas, you will spend the night in an eco-hostel (you will sleep in basic bunk beds and the weather can be rather cool!), which is run by the local cooperative Guardian del Bosque. Peñas Blancas is a small community of about 20 families and is surrounded by beautiful rainforest.
Today you hike deeper into the jungle of the Peñas Blancas mountain range, which is part of the Bosawas biosphere nature reserve. This hike takes about 4 to 5 hours and is quite intensive. The mountains (overgrown with tropical rainforest and cloud forest) are very rugged and beautiful here. Most of the area is inhabited by small-scale farmers. You will pass an impressive waterfall of 20 meters high during the walk. Here you can take a refreshing dive. After the hike, you will travel back to Matagalpa by car. You will spend the night in Matagalpa again, before continuing to Granada the next day.
Transfer to Granada (or another destination, if desired)
Good binoculars really are recommended, you will spot so many beautiful birds!