Declared a protected area of ​​national interest by Executive Decree 42-91, published in the official newspaper La Gaceta, on November 4, 1991. It has an area of ​​9,754 hectares occupying part of the municipalities of Estelí, San Nicolás and el Sauce, in the Estelí river basin.

Characterized by a combination of elevations, which allow it to host species of flora that vary from transition strips of dry broadleaf forest to mixed sub-montane forests of the oak and pine genera; as well as a varied fauna in which 28 species of mammals stand out, among other species.


  • Bath in Salto La Estanzuela It has 36 meters of fall in the winter, while in the dry season it decreases and sometimes interrupts its flow.
  • Visit to El Jacalate Stone Gallery where a rocky outcrop has been used by the artist Alberto Gutiérrez to make more than 100 sculptures and 87 drawings.
  • Visit to the El Quebracho marble stone mine, where material is extracted to make decorative crafts by the owners.
  • Trekking: ofrecen tours of crop areas in the area and the dairy to learn about the dairy production process.
  • Landscaping: the elevated and broken topography offers several observation points with numerous panoramic views: El Divisadero, overlooking the entire Pacific plain and the Momotombo and Cerro Negro volcanoes; La Escala, with a journey to Cerro Apaguají from where you can see areas of pine forests.

visit him

  • Own vehicle: accessible from the Pan-American highway, if you come from Managua or cities in the center and south, you must reach kilometer 135, where the junction to San Nicolás is, turn left and take the paved road until you reach the La Laguna sector where you will find detour that takes you to the community of La Tejera and La Garnacha, about 3 kilometers away is the park ranger station.
  • Public transportation: From Managua at the Mercado Mayoreo bus terminal, it is possible to board a bus that goes to Estelí, when you arrive at the San Nicolás junction, you can board another bus that takes you to the communities of La Tejera and La Garnacha.