El wangky river o Coco It is one of the prominent natural attractions of the municipality, it is the longest in Nicaragua and is of vital importance for the municipality, since it is an access route for 116 communities settled in it.

The river and its tributaries drain an area of ​​28.000 km2, runs through the plain forming alluvial terraces five to eight kilometers wide, with an average depth of five meters and a width of 200 meters.

Some sectors bordering the river have gallery forest of great importance for the conservation of birds and mammals. The boat rides through the tributary are usually unforgettable due to the natural features and the coexistence with the indigenous communities.

Ecological Farm Pasa Painkira

Ecological Farm Pasa Painkira

Kihuras jump: an impressive waterfall in which the visitor can swim, observe the beauty of the place, its flora and fauna, as well as explore the surroundings of the site. It is located between Raiti and Siksayari; stroll along the river bank, bathe in its waters and get to know the surrounding communities. This site is very visited at Easter by the inhabitants of the municipality, it is a place where you can share with family and friends.

Waspuk River: It is one of the tributaries of the Wangky or Coco River and is the border with the Bosawás biosphere reserve, the surroundings of the river are a tropical rain forest adorned with lush trees and a great diversity of fauna, among which the red and green limpet stands out. , in this same river is the Salto Yahuk.

It is an impressive river with strong currents, with falls of approximately four meters. To get there, you must navigate the Coco River and turn off towards the Waspuk, in a 75 hp panga you can get there in two hours leaving from Waspam. The neighboring communities are San Jerónimo, Santa Fe and Dakawas, the core area of ​​the Bosawás reserve. It invites you to relax and enjoy nature, you can bathe in its cool waters, take pictures and tour the place. It belongs to the Wangki Li Aubra Tasbaika indigenous territory.

The Yahuk jump according to the myths of the elders of the indigenous communities tell that he was a giant god and husband of the goddess Kairasa, in defense of his honor he made flood with water to capture his nephews and when he died they challenged them in a duel after dead through the Sihkru tara (ritual), in memory of his beloved who was a goddess who was born on the Waspuk River, was raped by the nephews and filled with sadness she left, turning into a rock and from there the stream of Kairasa is born .

Connoisseurs say that if a foreigner visits the waterfall for the first time, there is a loud crunch, with tornadoes of water, drizzle and fog, until the visitor takes the water or washes his face with the river water, calm arrives; it is like an anger of the jump with the visitor for the first time.

Kairasa rapids (rapids): It is a site on the Coco River with a spectacular panorama, the two stones are known as Black Door (black door), it is mighty with strong currents and sharp stones. Rio Coco is located above the indigenous territory of Kipla Sait near the Linda Vista community. It is reached through bato (boats made of wood) and pangas with a flat base, it leaves from Waspam Río Coco and lasts on a 75 hp engine of approximately half a day and in bato a day of travel, depending on the time. You need to spend the night in San Carlos where there are hotels.

It is important to note that most of the sites located in indigenous lands are accompanied by interesting legends or ancestral myths which until now are told by current generations and with great respect for the memories of their ancestors.

Waspam City: Waspam, means in the Miskitu language "Water Swirl", (Guás-water and apantl-swirl), this toponymic refers to the immediate waters of the Coco River and the mill that exists in the urban area. There is also another version and it is associated with the words «Pan»- tapir and «Was»- water, translated it would mean "Water of tapir".

It is the main town on the Coco River, a primary center for shopping, commercial activities, health and recreation. Here you can meet your needs for accommodation and food. It forms the Wangki Awala Kupia indigenous territory.

It has several spas, crystalline water crikes where the visitor can bathe, Miami Beach, suspension bridge (ulwas tara, trin tara, blue pool and piales) and the Coco River itself, where you can fish with harpoon or cast net.

Miskito, Spanish, Creole English and Mayangna are spoken here.



Pine forests near Waspam: In this site you can take a tour of the pine trails of the place, be in contact with nature, enjoy panoramic views and take pictures, as well as learn a little about the particularities of this type of ecosystem. To do this tour it is important to be accompanied by a local guide.

The plain of pine forests are interesting ecosystems, it is quite homogeneous and constitutes a large extension of the municipality. It is dominated by the male pine species, which is widely used by the communities for their construction work, charcoal production and for the extraction of resin for export, without a doubt it is an important site to learn about forest management.

Previously, this pine forest was managed by forestry projects with national and foreign capital, which is why there are artificial pine plantations where we can visit crystal clear rivers.

San Jerónimo, Rio Coco above: it is located about 22 kilometers northwest of Waspam, traveling upstream, on the Coco River. Only Miskito is spoken in this community. At the edge of the river upstream there are some petroglyphs, which can be seen in the summer when the river has less water. About a day's walk from the Farm Pasa Painkira Kururia, and return by panga to Waspam that will last an hour and a half.

San Carlos Communities: Li Lamni territory, these sites are ideal for adventure lovers who dare to explore new places, through an interesting tour of these communities you can observe flora and fauna, panoramic views, interact with the community and nature, here you will find a beautiful natural paradise that you will love.

To do this tour it is important to be accompanied by a local guide. There are lodgings, a trip of approximately four hours in winter and in summer from six to eight, leaves at 07:00 am from Waspam, you can also do artisanal gold panning in the river. 

Bihmuna Communities: It is Miskito, it is 600 kilometers from Managua and 127 from Waspam, it is approximately four hours from Waspam and six from Bilwi by panga or by land. Departure from Waspam to Bismuna by bus, Wednesday and Saturday 11:00 am, and returns Monday and Thursday at 08:00 am.

La Bismuna Lagoon has an extensive water body (132 km2) which is surrounded by mangrove forest and white sand beaches. It is fed by many rivers that are tributaries of the Coco River and coming from the plain. The lagoon is connected to the Caribbean Sea by the narrow Tukrun channel and with other small neighboring lagoons through small channels. The basis of their subsistence is fishing, hunting and the cultivation of tubers such as cassava, taro and others, but they also grow rice, corn, bananas and coconuts. What stands out about the lagoon is that it is the only place where manatees still exist.

Simple and hard-working people, a peaceful place to enjoy nature, to eat fresh seafood and delicious rondón, take a boat ride, take tours of the mangroves and practice artisanal fishing.

Cape Thank God: In this territory the first contact of Europe and the Caribbean coast took place in 1502 during the fourth trip made by Christopher Columbus, who named Cabo Gracias a Dios when entering the territorial sea (Cape of the Caribbean Sea) of Nicaragua, which would later become in the region of Cabo Gracias a Dios and is currently part of the municipality of Waspam. Due to its strategic position, it was the reason for incursions by Spanish invaders and English pirates in the territory of this municipality.

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Miami Beach

La Cabo Viejo Lagoon It is fed by streams that descend from the Coco River and surrounding valleys, it is a site of natural splendor, surrounded mainly by the mangrove ecosystem and the coastal zone of the Caribbean Sea. This transitional location allows it to maintain a lot of biodiversity that mangroves use for reproduction, protection and food, this site is important in the migratory route of birds and a sanctuary for aquatic birds.

Kum Community: in the Wangki Maya territory, it is the oldest of the Miskitu communities; there lived the last Miskitu king, Henry Clarence. Kum means comb, due to a very leafy vine whose fruits serve as a comb and are used by monkeys to groom themselves, it is a neighbor of the Wasla community where the last king's staff is found. In both communities there has been the development of livestock, and they currently have the best pine forests in their surroundings.

Located a few kilometers from the city of Waspam, it is a community where you can take horseback riding, swim in the Coco River or in the streams that pass through the indigenous community. Daily buses depart from Waspam at 09:00 am, in an approximate hour of travel.

Kisalaya Community: It is five kilometers west of Waspam, an example of organic vegetable production, the women of this community are well organized, they stand out for producing watermelons, tomatoes and cucumbers, their production reaches Bilwi. You can visit it by motorcycle or bicycle, go to the rivers that are on the way, the community is surrounded by pine stands. Here indigenous games are also held every August with competitions such as: swimming in the Coco River and cutting a log with an ax.

Leymus Community: It is the indigenous community on the border with Honduras, it connects with the highway that goes to Puerto Lempira, Mocoron and Tuibila, from here the Miskito families of Nicaragua connect with the Hondurans.


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