Coffee plantations in the mountains
The export product without comparison most important for Nicaragua is coffee. The best coffee is grown at an altitude over 1.000 meters. Therefore the city Matagalpa has become a center for the coffee. If you want to see a coffee plantation and how they take care of the coffee beans you shall stay at the hotel Selva Negra just outside Matagalpa. It is an old coffee plantation with guided tours where you can see the cultivation and other facilities; you can ride horseback and go for walks in the surroundings. They also have a very good restaurant.
Monkey for a day
Now it is not only the monkey that can swing around in the crown of the trees. The phenomena called Canopy Tour has come to Nicaragua. At La Chocolata close to the city of Rivas, they have built wooden platforms in the crown of the jungle trees. You will hang under a cable and pull yourself from tree to tree. At the different platforms guides are waiting and tells you all about flora and fauna. If you easily feel dizzy at high altitudes you can stay at the ground and ride on horseback, while your friends are playing Tarzan.