It is located 15 kilometers from the city of Jinotega. The protected area was declared through Presidential Decree 42-91, published in the official newspaper La Gaceta No. 207 on October 31, 1991. It has an area of ​​5,873.5 hectares that is part of a high mountain massif, formerly known as La Jinotega Mountain; which is interposed between the cities of Jinotega and Matagalpa.


The Bastille Ecolodge

The area of ​​the Reserve, like the rest of the massif, belongs to an old volcanic plateau and corresponds in its highest parts to the so-called Upper Coyol group formed by a wide range of volcanic lavas, mainly of the basaltic and andesitic type. This volcanic plateau originated in the Tertiary, which makes this area one of the oldest in Nicaragua.

Probably the age of this area is one of the factors that explains its high biodiversity in land snails. The heights in the Reserve vary from 900 meters above sea level at the level of the La Bastilla ravine to the summit of Cerro El Diablo at 1650 meters above sea level.

The average altitude is close to 1300 meters above sea level. Inside the Reserve there are eight peaks greater than 1350 meters above sea level9. Average precipitation varies between 1650 millimeters in the North of the Reserve and 2600 millimeters annually in the South. It rains 9 months a year, between May and January. The rain normally condenses in the form of mists that occupy the highest peaks and slopes, giving the Nature Reserve its characteristic touch of foggy area. Even in the “dry” months of February, March and April some rain falls, around 30 to 100 millimeters per month.


  • Trekking, it is possible to take a tour of the forest and know the La Bujona Waterfall
  • Landscaping, from the most outstanding hills such as Chimborazo, El Horno, El Diablo, La Florida, Palo de Sombrero, El Picacho, Las Nubes and Volcán Grande.
  • Observation of flora and fauna
  • Camping

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  • Own vehicle: The roads that provide access to the Reserve are all-weather macadam trails, with public and private access depending on the place you want to get to. The main routes are 2; one of them is through the Jinotega - El Cua highway at the Venice junction on the North and the second is through the Matagalpa - Jinotega highway at the La Fundadora junction on the southern part.