Matagalpa, Activities, Sports

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Matiguás is a complete destination. Surrounded by communities of farmers and cattle-ranchers, the community sits among mountains, between rivers, and a short hour from the Cerro Apante Natural Reserve. It also has a bumping night life, so you can get your hike on during the day and get your dance on at night, all while filling up on tasty 10 cent enchiladas.

Activities

Matagalpa

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A taxi or bus will take you up through the mountainous coffee farms, to the Agua Fria waterfall  (note that the buses run infrequently). You can also hike the two hours up – just ask any local for the road to Agua Fria, there’s only one. True to its name, the water is seriously cold, but if you’re bold enough, you can jump from the rocks near the falls and swim in the pool below.  To warm back up, hike above the falls for some of the region’s best views.

Matagalpa

Cusiles River Swimming Hole
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Rio Cusiles and Rio Viejo are also good rivers for hiking and swimming – just ask a local for the correct buses.

If you are interested in something a bit more organized, you can contact Jeffrey Bishop, a British ex-pat who lives in town and can bring you on farm visits, hikes, and horseback rides. See Community Contacts, below.

 

 

 

Dance Clubs

If you happen to visit Matiguás on a Saturday night, consider stopping by La Boom or Emilce – the two bumpinest clubs in town. The locals are super friendly, but as is common with Saturday night outings, mind your surroundings, especially if you are female.

Lodging

Matagalpa

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Your best price option is Hospedaje Dulce Sueños. It is clean and simple and the family that owns it is wonderful; ask for Fulton.

There are slightly more expensive options that have air-conditioning – go across from the panaderia in the town center.

You can also stay with Jeffrey Bishop and his family.

Dining

Matagalpa

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There are food options on literally every corner of Matiguás, but we recommend the restaurant in the center of the park (across the street, on the east side) and the family that sells enchiladas in their front yard (near the Colegio Miguel LaReynaga). Perhaps you can encourage them to put up signs, but you might forget after you start eating the 10 cent enchiladas.

If you’re looking for more American-type food, there is a place on the east side of town, near Colegio San Francisco that sells pizza and milkshakes.

Getting There

Matagalpa, Hiking

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From Managua: From the El Mayoreo bus station, take a bus headed towards Rio Blanco and get off in Matiguás. 4 hours regular, 3 hours express.

From Matagalpa: Take a bus headed towards Rio Blanco and get off in Matiguás. Between 2.5 and 4 hours.

Community Contacts