Kilambé Massif Reserve

The concept of eco-tourism continues to gain ground as travelers become more aware of the impact each individual can have on the environment – either good or bad. With its wealth of natural beauty, Nicaragua has a number of destinations that offer eco-tourism at its best. One of these eco-tourism destinations is the Kilambé Massif Reserve where majestic sheer rock cliffs rise up to a height of 1,750 meters in a densely forested area, providing ideal habitats for a variety of the country’s rare and endangered flora and fauna. In addition to the natural treasures, the Kilambé Massif Reserve also offers the opportunity to spend time with local communities and either observe, or participate in, a variety of initiatives designed to improve rural services, while at the same time preserving the environment.

Located in Nicaragua’s Jinotega department, the Kilambé Massif Reserve consists primarily of cloud forest and visitors need to be prepared for wet and humid weather. Good quality hiking boots are essential as the trails can get slippery. These climatic conditions support an abundance of unusual flora, from giant ferns to delicate orchids, which hikers will have access to via the network of trails designed to allow visitors to really get up close with nature. Birding enthusiasts will be delighted by the number of bird species found in the reserve and are likely to see the spectacular Quetzal along the way. The reserve is also home to a variety of reptiles, insects and mammals.

Nicaragua is renowned for its coffee production, and some of the best coffee is grown at the foot of the Kilambé Massif, alongside the Rio Coco. The coffee plantations are actively involved in eco-tourism projects, with some offering lodging and arranging activities for visitors. Activities to be enjoyed while visiting the Kilambé Massif Reserve include hiking, coffee tours, horseback riding and boating. Coffee tours offer visitors the opportunity to participate in planting, harvesting and some of the production processes that result in the fragrant, stimulating beverage enjoyed around the world. Places to visit include a butterfly garden, orchid garden and museum of petroglyphs. Specialized tours include the BLI hike and the Sandino Route, during which the guide explains the military history of the area.

While amenities at the Kilambé Massif Reserve are basic, they are adequate. What visitors can expect to find is abundant natural beauty, meaningful cultural experiences, interesting history and warm hospitality.