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Peñas Blancas Massif Natural Reserve

Department: Jinotega

Municipality: Cuá Bocay (view on map)

Type: Natural Reserves

Predominant Forest
Cloud forest
Type of Reserve
Public Natural Reserve
11,549 ha



  • Sergio vega wrote on Jul 16, 2013:

    Las brumas de la Montana escondian las emboscadas de las tropes de el "tigrillo".Que diferencia hace la PAZ en mi Bella Nicaragua

  • arling geovanny medina wrote on Aug 11, 2011:

    Es impresionante, que lugar tan fantastico, Nicaragua es un pais aun por descubrir, tienes lugares muy bellos, me gusta

  • Ing: Roque Herrera wrote on Aug 21, 2010:

    Of verity which our scenery tally with one large potential at tourism and the township of the cua tally with impressing venue tourist which is the chunky of high,steep rock white one venue where you found one climate highly pleasurable outside her pollution. AND him which me llama but her attentions is her people which yourself atiende am highly hospitable. I invite to everyone which it can and she wants know about a little of Nicaragua which visitation this chunky aqui find one wildlife highly assorted and one flora highly lovely in as much as tally with grove highly lofty. Too tally with one waterfall of mts of tall and of this saltcellar sundry rios of large extentions. Itself the recomiendo in order to while away an vacation at kinfolk.

  • Brenda Vega wrote on Nov 6, 2009:

    El 10 de octubre se realizo una gira de campo a Peñas Blancas, con un grupo de estudiante de la carrera de ingenierìa en ciencias agrarias de universidad popular de nicaragua UPONIC, con el propósito de reforza la clasa de RRNN.

    Los alumnos quedaron satisfecho y motivados por que muchos de ellos aprendieron la importancia de los RRNN, y muchos desconocian que existia la reserva de Peña Blancas.

    En lo personal quede satisfecha por que logre despertar el interes por la clase de RRNN. Y siempre tendre disponible las gira de campo A Peñas Blanca.

    Att. Ing. Brenda Vega Gonzàlez.

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The impressive Peñas Blancas Massif is part of the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve. It forms a natural border between the departments of Matagalpa and Jinotega, located about 70 kilometers from Matagalpa, in the direction of Cuá. It includes one of the highest mountains of the country (1,745 meters above sea level). The area is best known for its stunning – yet rather unexplored – natural surroundings.

Steep cliffs, rich ecosystems (including rain forests and cloud forests), waterfalls, and beautiful animals can all be found here. The area is inhabited by rural, small-scale farmers, living in small settlements throughout the region. There are some lodging options within the reserve, and adventurers can even camp at the top of a hill.

The most important activities to undertake at the Peñas Blancas massif include hiking through the impressive forest, visiting a local farmer producing coffee, cacao, and other products, and tranquilly enjoying the natural setting and the great, locally produced food.

Getting There

The Peñas Blancas massif can be reached by taking a bus from the terminal in Guanuca (heading to El Cua-Bocay). By bus this trip takes about 2.5 – 3 hours. It is also possible to get here in own transportation or by contracting a tour operator. When driving independently, take the road towards El Tuma and La Dalia. At La Dalia, head towards El Cua, and take a right at the sign that says ‘Centro del Entrendimiento de la Naturaleza’ (heading towards the community of Peñas Blancas). Here, ask for the house of Don Chico, where more information about hikes and guides can be found. Please note that the last part of the road can be in bad shape, and a 4WD car is necessary. With private transportation, this trip can be done in 2 hours.

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