It is located in the Mecatepio region of the San Juan del Mombacho municipality in the department of Granada. It was declared a natural reserve by Decree 13-20, published in the official newspaper La Gaceta No. 213 on September 8, 1983.

It has an area of ​​2,464 hectares. It occupies small depressions as a result of some collapses related to the activity of the Mombacho volcano; Among them are Juan Tallo, Jiron, El Cacho, Laguna Verde, Laguna Blanca, Santa Isabel and Las Plazuelas; all of these drain into the Manares River into Lake Cocibolca.

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Mecatepe Lagoon

It presents a dense forest, standing out remnants of the dry tropical forest, wetlands, riverine forest and cloud forest. In this reserve there are large trees such as panama, genízaro, melero, guanacaste, espavel, pochote, mahogany, cedar, ceiba and that serve as food and a nesting site for parrots and other birds that are endangered species in the Pacific of Nicaragua.

In total, 215 species of vertebrates are reported, 188 insects, for a total of 403 species of fauna. Species such as white-tailed deer, jalacatero chocoyo, peacock bass, chachalaca, black garrobo and green iguana predominate.


  • Trekking, to know the flagstone mine
  • Observation of flora and fauna
  • Swimming in the lagoons

visit him

  • Own vehicle: From Managua take the Granada to Nandaime highway until you reach kilometer 60 ½ at the entrance to Monteverde, go 12 kilometers south until you reach the Reserve. The road breaks down in the winter, so a four-wheel drive vehicle is a must. Likewise, it is possible hire the trip through the UCA Tierra y Agua cooperative and do it as a full day excursion from the Nicaragua Libre hostel or the Casa Comunal La Granadilla.