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country Nicaragua
duration 4 nights
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Estelí and Miraflor Reserve

Go on a multi-day hiking tour in Nicaragua! Your adventure starts in Estelí,  where you spend the first night in a hotel in the centre of the town. Esteli is a vibrant town and there’s a lot to do. Visita a traditional tobacco factory for instance and learn how cigars are made, walk to the Salto Estanzuela waterfall or do a city tour in Estelí and admire the beautiful murals in the town centre.

At 28 km from Estelí, you will find the nature reserve Miraflor. On day 2 you depart to the reserve, ready for a unique, local experience. You can leave most of your luggage in the hotel, but make sure you bring a backpack, comfortable walking shoes and enough water for your trip.

Trekking in Miraflor Reserve

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Trekking in Miraflor Reserve

Your trekking starts with an early morning hike for bird watching and you will be accompanied by a local, bilingual guide.  Along the way, you will notice that the landscape slowly changes from tropical savannah to cloud forest. With temperatures between 18 and 27 degrees, it is not too hot. The tall trees next to the road provide sufficient shade.

Authentic experience at local farm

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Authentic experience at local farm

After a beautiful walk, you will arrive at a local farmer’s family home where you will spend the night. You will be warmly welcomed and served a healthy meal with locally (organically) grown ingredients. There is clean drinking water and you have a mosquito net. Please note that you stay in very simple accommodation and do not expect any luxury. Tourism is hardly developed in this area, making this trekking a truly authentic experience.

The family you stay at is a member of a cooperative that maintains the reserve. The cooperative consists of local, organic farmers who promote sustainable agriculture and ecotourism. For example, coffee, vegetables and flowers are all grown organically in the area. The families involved are very proud of what they do and happily share their story with you. After lunch and a rest, you can take a walk with your guide in the afternoon. After another delicious, organic meal, you will go to bed early and enjoy the sounds of nature before you fall asleep.

Upper area

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Upper area

On day 3 you say goodbye to your host family after breakfast and it is time to continue the trekking with your guide. You are now walking in more mountainous areas and stay the night at another family’s home. This family is also a member of the cooperative.

On day 4, after breakfast, you take the public bus back to Estelí and your hotel to relax and recover from your trip with a nice cool drink.

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Nicole

For me, this hiking tour in Nicaragua was the highlight of our trip! The two families where we stayed were so very sweet and cheerful. Although they are very hard workers and get up very early, they seem to have never heard of the word `stress`. Using my best Spanish I had a few nice conversations with them. We have also rolled up our sleeves and helped them doing dishes etc. in the kitchen in the morning. This trip is great, but it was also really back to basic. This way I learned to appreciate again everything we have in the Netherlands.

Tip from Marlou:

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Tip from Marlou:

Staying with local families in the Miraflor Reserve is a real Edventure!
The families live under simple circumstances, but have built up a happy and healthy life with the help of the cooperative and are very willing to share their life with you for a couple of days. They are also curious to know more about you and if you make a nice picture of you all together, make sure you leave them a copy, they highly appreciate that!

What can you see during this multi-day trek?

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

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Jungle and coffee plantations in Matagalpa
Explore the north of Nicaragua and stay in the city of Matagalpa and hike the jungle and coffee plantations around the city! During this trip you stay at local family homes and your rooms are comfortable, but basic. Your host families however will make sure to provide everything you need. As a result, you do not need to worry about hygiene and the food they serve is great!
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Taste great cigars and hike the green hills around Estelí
Visit Esteli when in Nicaragua! The village lies in a valley on 800m above sea level and is surrounded by mountains and lush jungle. Because of its geographical location and climate, the town is the agricultural centre of Nicaragua. Here there's no mass tourism and you'll experience the true Nicaraguan way of life. Enjoy nature and admire the beautiful murals in the town centre. Don't forget to taste some of the local fruits and vegetables or try a cigar even!
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Experience history in colonial León
León is a beautiful colonial city that has been playing an important role in the country's history for centuries. Here you find Central America's largest cathedral and Leon is the hometown of Ruben Dario, a world-famous poet who was born some 150 years ago and one of the great heroes of Nicaragua.

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