It is located in the department of Jinotega and extends into the territory of the municipalities of El Cua, San José de Bocay and Wiwilí. It was declared a protected area through Decree 42-91, published in the official newspaper La Gaceta No. 207 on October 31, 1991.

The reserve is of volcanic origin and has an area of ​​10,128 hectares; Within it, its structural geology, canyons and cliffs stand out, and its great water wealth due to the fact that more than 40 rivers are born in it. It has a cloud forest with a mountainous climate. The soils are clayey and swampy, with drainage problems and high levels of aluminum, which makes them infertile for agriculture.

It is very important in its diversity of fauna, because it is possible to find extinct species in other mountains; Among these, the jaguar, tapir, puma stand out; birds such as parrots, limpets, bellbirds, chocoyos and the largest colony of quetzals in the country with approximately 400 birds of this type.


White Horse Waterfall

Cerro Kilambé is characterized by its dense primary forest, in which 160 different botanical families have been found so far, but also the tallest liquidambar in Nicaragua and the tree ferns Taller. The flora of the nature reserve is little known due to its difficult access. Presents closed broadleaf forest over 20 meters high and closed and open pine forest. Among the most represented genera are: guzmania, heliconia, epidendrum, sobralia, stelis, clusia, conostegia, myconia, ardisia, eugenia, peperomia, piper and psycotria. The most represented families are: Bromeliaceae, Cyclanthaceae, Orchidaceae, Asteraceae, Gesneriaceae, Lauraceae, Melastomataceae, Piperaceae, Rubiaceae and Solanaceae.


  • LandscapingFrom the Cerro Kilambé at about 1,750 meters you can get a spectacular panoramic view.

  • Trekking, to know the different waterfalls and waterfalls, the most important being the Salto Caballo Blanco.

  • Observation of flora and fauna.

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  • Own vehicle: trip from Managua to Jinotega, from there take the road that goes to the municipality of Wiwilí passing through Pantasma. Before arriving at Wiwilí there is a junction, take the road that goes to the community of Agua Fría.

  • Public transportation: you must board a bus bound for Jinotega, this trip lasts approximately 3 hours; When you arrive at the department, you must board another bus that goes to Wiwilí with a 5-hour drive and then take a public truck that will take you 1 hour to reach the reserve.