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El Jaguar Private Natural Reserve

Department: Jinotega

Municipality: San Rafael del Norte (view on map)

Type: Natural Reserves

Predominant Forest
Cloud forest
Type of Reserve
Private Natural Reserve
73.5 ha



  • Mercier Alain - France wrote on Feb 14, 2015:

    We stayed for 3 nights to the reserve El Jaguar. It was an awesome moment with my family. We had Nice moments with Georges which was very available despite his work, an all the staff (Moises, Johnny, Ingrid...).
    And the birds !!! magic, for all people which want to live new émotions, and extraordinary moments. And the sweet coffee for the complet breakfast... Everything was very good.

  • annemie wrote on Mar 24, 2008:

    Very nice eco-lodge ! Great food ! Very friendly owner but be aware of the musquitos, they really bite ! Especially in the rain season.

    Nice walks on the finca and good birdwatching !

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El Jaguar Natural Reserve is located within a private farm, a property of the Duriaux Chavarría family. It is situated 188 kilometers away from the city of Managua and at 1, 350 meters above the sea level and has 120 hectares; 95 of them belong to the tropical cloud forest and 25 to high quality sustainable coffee plantations. Its fresh mountain climate, 290 bird species (migratory and local) and a variety of flora and fauna, make this place suitable for research or a vacation time.

One of the main goals of the farm is to produce, in a sustainable way, high quality organic coffee in harmony with the environment and the community. In addition, it is extremely important for the owners to protect the 95 hectares of the reserve, which was declared an Important Bird Area (IBA) by the BirdLife International.

Two hundred and ninety species have been identified until today (May 2010) by the Alliance for Wildlife Areas (Alianza para las Areas Silvestres - ALAS). Its experts make a frequent control of resident and migratory birds of the reserve, where some endemic species can also be found. According to the experience, a bird watcher can observe more than 50 species when touring the reserve in one day.

Furthermore, tourists that are interested in spending one or more nights in the reserve can perfectly stay at El Jaguar Hotel. The establishment has four cabins and one biological station for tourists, groups of students and investigators. Also, trips to the Apanas Lake, pine forest, a canopy at San Rafael del Norte, among others, can be organized from this hotel.

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  • Getting There

    El Jaguar is situated 188 kilometers away from the city of Managua, taking the Jinotega-San Rafael highway. A path (to the right) on the same road will take tourists directly to the reserve (follow the signs). If the visitor chooses to get there independently, we recommend to use a 4x4 vehicle and take a look at the reserve's map.

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