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Selva Negra Lodge

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Selva Negra Lodge is a working coffee estate in  Northern Nicaragua welcoming visitors with a range of outdoor activities.

Selva Negra Lodge has a rich history and its owners, fifth generation German coffee producers, are still very much part of it.

The lodge blends perfectly into its natural surroundings as each room is protected and insulated by a bed of tropical cloud forest. The smart timber bungalows and chalets have polished wood interiors while the restaurant sits beside a tree-shaded lake and is popular with day-trippers and families alike.

Selva Negra is still a thriving coffee estate and what with its protected reserve full of walking trails is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area on foot or horseback. A working farm produces much of what is eaten at the lodge and a cheese factory produces first class Gouda and Manchego.

An unusual touch: there's a wooden fairy-tale chapel which was built for a family wedding.

 

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What our clients say

  • “Great trip, very varied and not yet catering to the masses. Beauty everywhere, lots of wildlife to be seen and very welcoming people. Would go back in a heartbeat.”

    JK, Polegate
  • Highlights? Solentiname Islands for their remoteness and bird life. Masaya volcano for the bubbling lava.

    CY, Wirral
  • “El Castillo is remote and absolutely rewarding . Our guides took us kayaking and made us a picnic from local produce and treated us like family. Owners of Victoria Hotel…

    SF, Reading
  • Highlights?: Gondoleering up the Bartola river; jungle treks in Indio Maiz Reserve; Staring at the mists rising above the rio San Juan at dawn; gazing down at the liquid lava…

    RD, Chippenham
  • Most Memorable Moment?: Seeing into the crater of Volcan Masaya at night. The red fire was like staring into the gates of hell.  Absolutely amazing sight

    IM, Andover
  • "This was our first experience of Central America and the itinerary was spot on for us. Every place we visited held some considerable interest making it probably the best holiday…

    DRF, Stafford
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Maggie Wilson Travel Expert Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.

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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    A globetrotter since her childhood, Alex spent a year studying abroad in Guadalajara and has returned to Latin America countless times since then.

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    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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