Enjoy the freshness and greenery of the mountains of the Estelí municipality, discover the wonders of landscapes and ecosystems in the four protected areas that surround the city.

La Estanzuela Waterfall

In the Tisey-Estanzuela Nature Reserve you will enjoy its tropical mountain forest, exuberant flora and fauna. Live with the daily peasant life and its cultural manifestations in crafts, gastronomy and more in its picturesque communities: La Estanzuela, La Garnacha, La Tejera and others.

Let yourself fall in love with the sound of the wind in the pine and oak forests, cradle of the woodpecker that with its song will captivate you.

Refresh yourself in the sweet waters of the La Estanzuela waterfall and be amazed by the hills that adorn the landscape of the reserve, El Tisey, El Divisadero, La Escala, El Jalacate, La Cueva El Duende and the Pedernal rows.

Within the reserve there is a site that will give you an unforgettable experience, the El Jalacate Stone Gallery, where the artist Alberto Gutierrez He has used stone walls to make more than a hundred sculptures and drawings in high and low relief. On this tour, guided by Don Alberto himself, you will hear interesting stories about his inspirations to make these sculptures.

You can also visit the community of The Garnacha, where you will learn about environmental conservation issues, as well as take guided tours with lots of educational information about the environment. This place has a hostel for tourists where you can stay.

El Jalacate Stone Gallery

El Jalacate Stone Gallery

RCerro Quiabúc Natural Reserve - Las BrisasIf you like adventure, this place is the ideal place to take a walk through pine forests, listening to the wind cut through its branches. Admire the city of Estelí from its majestic natural viewpoints.

In the Cerro Tomabú Nature Reserve you will be able to come into contact with diverse ecosystems, which provide protection and food to numerous species of resident fauna and migratory birds that go south. The hills Tomabú and Picacho They are highly attractive for walks, observation of flora, fauna and contemplation of the landscape.

El Miraflor Protected Land Landscape - Moropotente located just 30 kilometers from the center of Estelí, it is a place that will fill you with peace and tranquility, it has an overflowing nature where orchids stand out for their beauty and color.


The most outstanding bird species are the quetzal, the rancher or bell bird and the swallow hawk. Two species of parrots, magpies and mallard, are also highly visible.

Among the mammals we can find howler monkeys, segovian squirrels, ostoche, guatusas, keepers, porcupine, pissing fox, coatis and raccoon.

This Protected Area has a body of water where some species of macrophytic plants have proliferated, to such an extent that of the 8.85 hectares that comprise the total area of ​​the wetland, currently only 0.4 hectares, (3,955 meters, 4.40%) They represent the water mirror, that is, the area that is free of vegetation, in addition the micro-basin is surrounded by one of the most important forest masses located in the sector.

If you want to experience rural community tourism activities, Miraflor is your ideal destination, here you will come into contact with nature and the community by enjoying a walk or horseback riding on the trails of the different agrotourism initiatives in the different communities.

I discovered the La Meseta viewpoint that offers you a spectacular view towards the city of Estelí and the neighboring towns, and from where you can enjoy impressive natural trails.

La Meseta viewpoint

Relax in the cool waters of the waterfall The Estancia-The Volcancitos located in the El Coyolito community, with a waterfall of approximately 35 meters high and the La Chorrera waterfall, with 65 meters of height.

You can also visit the Barranco Blanco waterfall, in the San Gabriel community, located in an inaccessible place that represents a challenge for those who like adventure. To get there you must ride a horse for about three hours.

Delight in the Viewpoints Ocote Footwear, In the La Pita community, it is very beautiful to explore the dense oak forest with its many ferns, bromeliads and orchids.

Visit The MontañuelaIn the La Pita community, I discovered the open forest with coffee plantations and where many species of tropical birds can be observed. Also The Robledal, a pine and oak forest that is adorned with multiple orchids and an old man's beard that give it a very mysterious atmosphere.

The Apagüají Caves

Visit the orchid in the El Cebollal community and explore a farm dedicated to the conservation of the nebliselva forest and which has a variety of orchid species.

Take a walk around the community and you will see small waterfalls and pools of water such as the Blue Pool the piles, where you can take a bath and observe the varieties of birds and flowers of the place.

And if adventure is your passion, from the Sontule community you can reach The Apagüají Caves which are a system of interconnected caves, here you can walk in the middle of a pine forest that has inspired several popular myths and legends of elves.

I shared the daily life of the Miraflor communities, participating in agroecological activities that constitute a wide range of crops, such as coffee with natural shade, organic vegetable crops such as tomatoes, cabbage, chiltoma, tobacco crops, flowers, crops of staple grains and pasture areas for livestock.


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