It is located in the central region in the department of Jinotega. It has an area of ​​5,123 hectares. It was declared through Presidential Decree 42-91, published in the official newspaper La Gaceta on November 4, 1991.

The name of Cerros de Yalí derives from the existence of several neighboring peaks, including the so-called Yalí volcano (1,542 meters above sea level), the Cuspire mountain (1,539 meters above sea level), El Columpio or Zamaria (1,675 meters above sea level), Cerro Azul (1,701 meters above sea level). masl), Laguna Verde (1,605 masl) and La Gloria (1,524 masl), which together form a compact massif, immediately to the south and east of the town of Yalí. In the narrowness between the "volcano" Yalí and the Cuspire mountain runs the road that joins the towns of Yalí and San Rafael del Norte.

The so-called Yalí volcano is a conical hill with a flat top, possibly what remains of an eroded volcano from the Pliocene epoch, as are all the outstanding Tertiary volcanic reliefs that dominate the heights of the central plateau of Nicaragua. The rest of the hills seem to be part of the crest of an old, highly eroded volcanic caldera, open in the direction of San Rafael del Norte. The drainage is radial and to the south run several streams that are the sources of the Viejo River, the beginning of the elongated basin of the lakes of Nicaragua.

Yali Jinotega


It presents broadleaf forest vegetation with mountain characteristics, in its lower parts the forest is very fragmented intermingling with small patches of pine forests (probably Pinus oocarpa) and integrated oak forests of different species of Quercus, among them sun coffee and shadow. The best preserved forest is found in the heights of Montaña de Cuspire and Cerro Azul, Cerro el Columpio and Cerro la Gloria. In its floristic composition it coincides with that existing in the neighboring areas of Miraflores and the similar cloud forests of the Arenal hill in Matagalpa. Likewise, the presence of a species of the genus Cornutia, characteristic of cloud forests, is relevant.


  • TrekkingIt has 1800 meters of conditioned path to reach the top of the volcano hill and then a descent down another 1700 meter path to the community of the volcano.
  • Observation of flora and fauna
  • Landscaping
  • Canopy
  • Camping

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  • Own vehicle: Access is achieved from the City of Estelí, then traveling to La Concordia, then to San Rafael del Norte. From this point you can take the road that goes to San Sebastián de Yalí, crossing the southwestern limits of the reserve or take the road that goes to El Plantes that runs through the eastern sector of the area.