La Rota is an extinct, forested volcano located approximately 15 km northeast of the city of León. It is an ecologically diverse area, home to many of León’s few remaining monkeys, squirrels, deer and old-growth forest. The small community of Matacaña is sited atop the volcano, comprised of about fifty residents, a small school and several small farms.
As a tourist destination, La Rota offers terrific panoramic views, a beautiful and moderately strenuous hike to the top, and the opportunity to meet the residents and experience a deeply rural Nicaraguan lifestyle. La Rota is easily accessible from the city of León, but it feels like a journey into the deep countryside and into the past.
All tours share profits with residents of La Rota, to promote protection of the volcano’s endangered resources.
Flora & Fauna : This tour will introduce you to some of the many species of plants and animals that make La Rota their home. You’ll be able to see rare and large trees, some over 500 years old, as well as birds, iguanas, squirrels, and other animals. We’ll also visit three natural springs on La Rota where animals gather and local residents get their water for drinking, cooking and washing. -5 hours
Miradores: This tour will take you to some of Rota’s most striking vantage points, where you can see clearly from the Pacific Ocean to Nicaragua’s central mountains. You’ll get beautiful views of neighboring volcanoes Momotombo, Santa Clara, Cerro Negro, Pilas El Hoyo, and San Cristóbal. -5 hours – $8/person (includes transportation), for groups of 5 or more, $6/person.
Las Fincas: On horseback, we’ll visit three farms on and around La Rota – Matacaña, El Panal & El Cacao. We’ll pass through virgin forests, visit local farmers and have the chance to help in their work, and finish by eating some locally produced vegetables and grains. -6.5 hours
Cultural: This tour will take you to meet residents of La Rota, see traditional methods of house construction, and learn about the customs, traditions and stories of the community. You’ll also have a chance to buy local handicrafts. –5 hours – $8/person (includes transportation), for groups of 5 or more, $6/person
La Rota is under substantial threat from deforestation, illegal hunting, and severe poverty. By drawing more tourists to this practically unknown spot, we hope to improve the local economy and create additional incentives for environmental protection there. Please book this experience at least 48 hours in advance in order to give the community ample time to prepare for your arrival.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.