Finca Esperanza Verde was founded in 1998 by Sister Communities of San Ramón Nicaragua; a community-based project run by volunteers from North Carolina. The organization’s aim is to have a sustainable and environmentally-friendly farm/reserve. The results can be seen in the solar-powering of the farm, the spring-fed water supply, the organic shade-grown coffee production, and above all a Sustainable Tourism Award received in 2004 by the Smithsonian Magazine.
Finca Esperanza Verde is located 30 kilometers from Matagalpa, at an elevation of 1,200 meters in the mountainous and forested region in the northern part of Nicaragua. Besides a cool climate, great views, and peaceful moments, the farm also offers lodging and many educational and recreational activities.
Visitors can hike the forests of Finca Esperanza Verde and encounter howler monkeys, sloths, butterflies, and more than 150 species of birds. The reserve is a good birding site, and a bird station has recently been installed as well. There are also trails leading to waterfalls and a picnic site. More nature can be absorbed by horseback riding through the reserve. At night, a campfire can be organized. Rental of a truck and driver is also possible.
When it comes to more educational activities, visitors can participate in harvesting, de-pulping, washing and selecting of coffee (December – February). It is also possible to learn how to make tortillas and roast coffee in the traditional Nicaraguan kitchen. Learning about herbal medicine is part the guided tours at Finca Esperanza Verde.
There is a butterfly farm you can visit as well, and it is even possible to receive an introduction to the process and the stages of life of the butterflies.
To get there please call the office in San Ramon where transportation can be arranged. You can also take the bus from Matagalpa (at the Guanuca station). Take the bus that passes through the center of San Ramón (15 min.) in the direction of Pancasan/ El Jobo. Get off at Yucul (40 min. from Matagalpa). Prepare for a one hour uphill hike from Yucul to Finca Esperanza Verde (follow the signs along the road).
In your own car, take the road from Matagalpa to San Ramon. After about 10 minutes from Matagalpa you will see signs to San Ramón. Finca Esperanza Verde is 30 minutes from San Ramón on open roads, please be advised to take a 4x4 vehicle. Once in Yucul, turn left off the main road, following the signs toward Finca Esperanza Verde.