It is located between the municipalities of Somotillo and Villanueva, Chinandega, north of the Pacific region of Nicaragua, about 170 kilometers from the capital Managua, it has an area of ​​1,576 hectares.

Created in 1996 by Law 217-General Law of the Environment and Natural Resources, published in La Gaceta No. 105 on June 6, 1996, in order to conserve the last populations of primitive maize endemic species of world importance and the only species of teosinte that grows at sea level, considered a unique wild species in America.

The protected area has tropical broadleaf alluvial forests that are in a relatively well-preserved state along the Villanueva River. Deciduous shrub savannas are another important ecosystem

The floodplains of Appease they are part of the tidal floodplain produced by the Estero Real River. These plains become temporary wetlands at the end of the rainy season (September-November), forming in this period an important area of ​​habitat especially for migratory birds such as blue winged duckspoon duck and among the resident birds the pitcher or suirirí piquirrojo.


  • Trekking
  • Observation of flora and fauna
  • Landscaping