"Matagalpa" Departamento de Matagalpa by paradisedreamer

Departamento de Matagalpa Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 50 photos

Our first stop after arriving in Managua was Selva Negra, a coffee plantation in the north of Nicaragua about 12 kilometers from Matagalpa (a town that is not even worth stopping at as there is nothing to see or do). As you wind your way up into the mountains the temperature cools considerably, you will need warm clothes whatever time of year it is. We were here in January and it was cold at night and cool during the day, because you are up in the clouds in can be very wet as well so if you are going to go hiking bring waterproof gear along. Selva Negra (Black forest / Schwartzwald) is a huge coffee plantation (about 850 hectares) that was started by a group of Germans that were invited by the Nicaraguans to start coffee growing back in the 1880’s. Their descendants still manage the farm. There are the apartments where we are staying as well as more expensive chalets dotted around the property all in the German style of architecture, you would hardly believe you were in Nicaragua. You need to have a basic knowledge of Spanish as there is not a soul that can speak a word of English. It was a challenge in my terrible Spanish but good fun and at least I make the locals laugh.

  • Last visit to Departamento de Matagalpa: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • May 2, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    The chapel is gorgeous with some stained glass windows and foliage, and surrounding gardents. Little did I know last summer (06) that we'd be returning in 07 for our son's wedding here. I'm looking forward to the return visit. DarBro

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    Aug 16, 2005 at 3:55 PM

    I've been loving your beautiful pages on Nicaragua. It's been a pleasure going thru them all. Happy travels to you and your familia!


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