Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Culture of Matagalpa and Esteli

4 Days | Community Visit, Cultural Activities and Hiking

If you want to go immerse yourself in the diverse local cultures of northern Nicaragua, this tour is perfect for you.

We will visit several communities to experience and share in daily life alongside lovey people in Matagalpa, Esteli and El Chile Indigenous . We will visit coffee and tobacco farmers, appreciate the creative work of artisans and sculptors and explore beautiful natural areas.

It is truly a cultural and natural experience.

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4 Days / 3 Nights

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion, Connect with Nature and Off the Beaten Path


English and Spanish

Physical Activity

Moderate activity


Small Towns/Villages and Rural Communities


Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

Matagalpa Tours

Locally Owned Tour Operator
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Speaks: English and Spanish


  • See how local chocolate is made and taste organic cocoa
  • Meet the farmers of a fair trade coffee cooperative
  • Learn the traditional weaving techniques of the El Chile Indigenous Community
  • Explore the Tisey Estanzuela Nature Reserve
  • Meet Don Alberto Gutierrez and see his impressive stone scuptures
  • Swim in the breathtaking La Estanzuela waterfall



Begin and end in Matagalpa. Start at 8:30am on Day 1


Flexible Departure Date
All year

We will start with a tour designed to experience daily life in this important city. We will visit the most representative historical and cultural sites of Matagalpa , also we will take you to the chocolate factory where you can watch the manufacturing process and taste one of the best chocolates in Nicaragua, made from organic cocoa produced in the area.

In the afternoon we will take you to La Corona, a nature-filled community that produce Fair Trade coffee. Here we will visit the coffee plantations and you can be part of the collection process and pulping of this important crop.

Overnight in Matagalpa

El Chile is an indigenous community rich in history and culture.
On this tour we will visit the weaving workshop, where we will see the process of making products such as wallets, purses and backpacks using traditional indigenous techniques. Then continue with a walk through the community and climb to the viewpoint of Cerro El Chile where we have a 360 degree view of the mountains around. Finally we will enjoy a traditional lunch with a local family, to have an inside look at their lifestyle.

Overnight in Matagalpa

After breakfast we will depart to Estelí, where in addition to visiting the most important sites of this historic city, we will see the entire process of tobacco, from the plantation to the manufacturing of prestigious export cigars.

In the afternoon we will go to Tisey Estanzuela Nature Reserve, where we will have a delightful climate and an environment of pure nature.

Overnight in Nature reserve Tisey - Estanzuela

This day we will visit La Garnacha, a united community producing different types of cheese and organic non-traditional vegetables, we will visit also the farm El Jalacate, where Don Alberto Gutierrez, a born sculptor, has become every stone a work of art. We will enjoy trails through the forest, breathtaking viewpoints and of course the waterfall La Estanzuela , a natural sanctuary for swimming.

After lunch you will have a transfer to Matagalpa wher the tour ends.

What's Included


3 Nights Community Lodge and Guesthouse


Chocolate Making, Coffee Farm, Community Visit, Getting to Know Locals, Swimming, Weaving, Walking tours and Waterfalls


Bilingual guide


Private Room


All meals included
From lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4


Private van

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Matagalpa Tours

Locally Owned Tour Operator

Matagalpa Tours takes you to the most unique and remote places of Nicaragua. After a decade of developing new routes to unexplored parts of the country and being dedicated to outdoor adventure tourism, Matagalpa Tours has become synonymous with rural community tourism, agro-tourism, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, and jungle expeditions in northern Nicaragua.

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