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Nicaragua: Matagalpa and the north

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Matagalpa is a breath of fresh mountainous air where liberal descendants of coffee plantation owners rub shoulders with Sandinista-supporting subsistence farmers.

The cool climate is perfect for growing vegetables and grazing cattle while  pristine cloud forest provides the perfect environment for shade-grown coffee and is a boon for birders and hikers.  In addition to coffee, Nicaragua’s best chocolate is produced in this area. Matagalpa is also the birth place of Sandinista founder, Carlos Fonseca: the house  is now a small museum.

Our holidays to Matagalpa and the north

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Our insider tips for Matagalpa and the north


Jamie Swan

This is possibly the best place in the country to eat steak as the climate is perfect for farming. The steak I enjoyed was as good as anything I’d eaten in Argentina !

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

The National Coffee Museum is well worth a visit if you want to know a bit more than the average coffee tour offers.



Lina Fuller

If heading north from Managua take the time to stretch your legs with an 800m stepped climb to Peña De La Cruz for fantastic views over the city and surrounding mountains.

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