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Salto de La Estanzuela Waterfall

Department: Estelí

Municipality: Esteli (view on map)

Type: Waterfalls



  • Maria wrote on Jun 18, 2011:

    Es un lugar muy bello,no hay duda.Por favor no olvidemos :El mirador de la Finca Los cerratos,La garnacha.Finca el Jalacate ,son parte de los atracctivos que tenemos en la reserva el Tisey ademas del Salto Estanzuela.
    Me gusta mucho esta pagina pero creo deben incluir mas informacion sobre la reserva el Tisey.Ademas dar informacion sobre el bus que sale de Esteli hacia la reserva.

  • Jorge Castillo wrote on Jan 6, 2011:

    My son, wife and I were in Esteli this past holiday season (December 2010) and it was great. Visitamos El Salto y estaba con mucha agua debido al fuerte invierno recien terminado. El agua fria como hielo pero refrescante despues de la caminata hacia la cascada. Encontre el cobro por persona exagerado tomando en cuenta que no hay mantenimiento ni amenidades extra en el sitio.
    I highly recommend it for every visitor coming to Esteli, it gets you away from the dust and noise of the city.

  • Gisela Fröbisch wrote on May 21, 2010:

    auf dem Weg von Managua nach Esteli besuchte ich im Februar 2010 den Wasserfall und erfreute mich in dem kühlem, sehr erfrischenden Wasser des Auffangbeckens. Meine 13 Monate alte Enkelin planschte so begeistert wie ich!

  • Kamia Ramirez wrote on Feb 28, 2010:

    Yes La Estanzuela is very nice! We went last year and we are going again next month. Cant wait!

  • belkin wrote on Mar 8, 2009:

    gracias por darnos la forma de ver nuestros lugares turisticos cuando no estamos en nuestro pais ya q estoy viviendo en mexico y mi tierra nica no la cambio por nada

  • Remi wrote on Jan 5, 2008:

    Just an FYI, the waterfall gets much bigger during the rainy season. The water is also much colder. During this time the waterfall can be heard from far away. Remi- Peace Corps NIca39

  • dave wrote on Mar 19, 2007:

    Buses leave the Cotran Sur Terminal at 6:30 am and 1:30 pm, cost about 10 cordobas to get to falls dropoff. It takes about half an hour. The bus is called the La Tejara Bus, and it also says Tisey on it. The buses return by the dropoff at about 9::15 am and 4:10 pm respectfully, and you do not want to spend more than an hour or two there anyway. It costs 10 cordobas a person now to get into gate. From the falls, hitching is sometimes reasonable too.

    If you want to see another pretty site besides the main falls, just as the trail from the gate hits rocks, there is a little trail to the left (west) that switches back and goes to an area of small falls and pools called by the locals La Molina .

    I have lived in Esteli for almost a year.

  • mathias wrote on Sep 6, 2006:

    please i wuold like you to put more information on estelis tipical things please i need you to put it today or tommorow.Its for a political project please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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Salto de La Estanzuela is a waterfall about six kilometers from Esteli.

The waterfall is not spectacularly big but it is nice to see and it’s surely refreshing to swim in the pond underneath the waterfall. You can also walk around in the area surrounding the waterfall to absorb some nature.

The entrance fee is about US$1 per group.

Getting There

It is possible to hike all the way from Esteli. This will take a couple hours and is exhausting, but will make a dip in the cold water even more deserved and refreshing. The road that takes you to Salto de La Estanzuela is located in the southern part of Esteli, just off the Pan American highway.

Coming from Managua, you will see a big bus stop on your left hand right before entering Estelí. Close to this terminal you will find the road, on your left as well. Ask around close to the bus station for the town of Estanzuela. After taking this road, you should go straight and wait for signs that point to the waterfall. The hike is not particularly hard, but it will get hot and the road is never really flat. You could also drive there and walk the last 15 minutes, but a 4WD, or more importantly a high clearance vehicle, is recommended.