Matagalpa is in the heart of the coffee-growing region of Nicaragua. It is a region of highlands and misty forests, with a temperate and moist climate. These qualities favor the cultivation of coffee. The coffees of Matagalpa are internationally renowned.

If it’s all a little too overcaffeinated for you, wild nature – and lots of it – is just a short hike away. Matagalpa makes a very comfortable, even sophisticated, base for cloud-forest reserves and coffee-related tours, including one organization that will put you up in a grower’s home so you can see firsthand what that few cents extra for a cup of Fair Trade coffee really buys. And when you come back to the big city, you’ll appreciate the great restaurants, hotels and nightlife even more.

Getting to Matagalpa from San Juan del Sur: In Managua, the buses that head to the northern cities of Nicaragua leave from El Mercado Mayoreo (The Mayoreo Market). From this station, you can reach the cities of Matagalpa, Jinotega, Esteli, Somoto, Boaco, Chontales, Jalapa, San Carlos, Nueva Guinea, Rama and the border of Las Manos and El Espino.

Bus times: Departure time from Managua: Hourly, from 4:00 a.m until 5:30 p.m

Estimated time: Expresos (Express service): 2 hours. Ordinarios (Regular service): 3 hours

(Times subject to change)

You can also arrange a driver to give you a ride to Matagalpa directly from any other pickup point in Managua such as airport or hotel. The average price for this is around U$ 75.00 dollars from the airport, U$ 85.00 from any place in Managua

Travel time: 2:15 to Managua and 2:30 from Managua to Matagalpa