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 was called the Salto de Santa Emilia, named after the small town that is situated close by. Now this site is know as Cascada Blanca, and 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. Cascada Blanca is a great place to enjoy with family or friends, picnicking next to the fall or the cave, or swimming in the fresh water. There is a C$50 entrance fee to be payed; here you can fiand a private parking, a restaurant and a lodge. 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 where no infrastructure awaits for you, just a rural path. 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. Salto Escondido is located exactly in kilometer 148 El Tuma – La Dalia road; from here you must walk for 5 minutes approximately. You will be asked to pay C$20 as entrance fee in a house next to the entrance, where people sell sodas and little snacks.
When hiking down the river from El escondido, visitors can reach the Salto Seco ponds. Again there are plenty swimming, relaxing, and sunbathing possibilities. There is no entrance fee, but people in this community ask for a voluntary contribution. 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.
You can also reach La Flor from the same entrance to El Escondido, from where you must walk for around 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) in the local school direction. This rustic way is full of wildlife and in winter is a muddy path, ideal for real nature lovers.
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.