A group of waterfalls, located not far from the city of Matagalpa, offer great possibilities for a nice swim or relaxing picnic. The mountainous region is home to many different falls. Below follows a description of three of them, reachable in car or by bus from Matagalpa.
The first waterfall is called the Salto de Santa Emilia, named after the small town that is situated close by. The Salto de Santa Emilia offers a spectacular view in the rainy season when water abounds. In the dry season the waterfall is not as large, but a pound is present year-round, offering nice swimming possibilities. At this same site there is a large cave which, according to local sayings, houses small elfs. Many legends surround this place. Salto de Santa Emilia is a great place to enjoy with family or friends, picnicking next to the fall or swimming in the fresh water. This waterfall is located 15 kilometers from Matagalpa, and it can be easily reached as it is located right next to the road.
Another waterfall is located a little further ahead. The Salto Escondido is another impressive waterfall with a small parking and a little place to buy drinks. There is a trail next to the river that leads to several other small waterfalls and natural swimming pounds, great for a quick dip in the fresh water.
When hiking down the river, visitors can reach the Salto Seco waterfall. Again there are plenty swimming, relaxing, and sunbathing possibilities. Here, two rivers come together: Santa Emilia and Yasica. The second one has a rocky riverbed and is somewhat difficult to ascend, but by climbing the rocks or by taking a communal path visitors can reach the La Flor cooperative, which offers another beautiful waterfall and a small cave, as well as a huge rock which provides the possibility to jump in the water from a height of eight meters.
These waterfalls, all located within the same region, can be reached by taking the road to El Tuma-La Dalia. After passing the town of Santa Emilia there are two bridges and the Salto de Santa Emilia can be reached by taking a right after the second bridge. A little further ahead, also on the right, there is a sign pointing to the Salto Escondido waterfall.