It was declared through Decree 42-91, published in the official newspaper La Gaceta No. 207 on November 4, 1991. It has an area of ​​14,627 hectares.

It is part of the western plateaus that flank the Estelí river valley to the west, which extends from the Portillo de Matasano to the Oyanca table next to the Sébaco valley. It is dissected by the San Roque and La Sirena rivers that run eastwards, entering the Estelí valley and merging with the Estelí river, which belongs to the Coco river basin.

It is a wide volcanic plateau formed by fractures and upheaval of large blocks of volcanic rocks, spilled mainly in the form of lava during the Pliocene, the most common being ignimbrites; as well as flows of basalt, rhyolites and andesites from the formation called Coyol Superior, mixed with breccias and tuffs. The emission centers form the most outstanding peaks such as the peaks of Las Brisas, La Flor, El Volcán and Pajarito. The Rodeo Grande plain appears to occupy the center of a wide caldera with eroded walls.

There is a characteristic vegetation such as pine forests that together with mixed forests (pines + broadleaf) are the predominant ones. The associations of oak oaks and broadleaf forests are represented in small patches. It is remarkable to observe a great variety of orchids, low temperature and very strong winds, mainly in the northeast sector, covering the trees with mosses and ferns.

Among the wild animals that are still found in the area according to the inhabitants are: the deer and the sahine, although very scarce, in greater abundance are rabbits, armadillos, there are also red-capped woodpecker and buffalo, guices and buzzards.


  • Trekking
  • Observation of flora and fauna
  • Landscaping
  • Bath in Salto La Golondrina
  • Camping

visit him

  • Own vehicle: Four-wheel drive vehicle is required due to poor road conditions. To get to the Reserve you have to go to the Community of La Montañita, however it should be noted that there is no signposting.