10 Best Things to do in Matagalpa, Nicaragua

10 Best Things to do in Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Discover the 10 best things to do in Matagalpa. Matagalpa is a town in Nicargua surrounded by mountains.

We had decided to make “base” in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, for a few months with nothing to do but Survival Fitness training.

Of course, you can’t train all the time. Luckily there are other things to do in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

10 Best Things to do in Matagalpa, Nicaragua

1. Go on a Coffee Tour

Matagalpa is known best for its coffee and its tobacco. I’m not a big fan of either, but the coffee tour is really nice. Jake, ‘our american’ loves it. He bought some of the local stuff and left it behind when he left. Not one to let things go to waste I started drinking it. It was pretty good, especially when using chocolate milk as the creamer.

Note:The chocolate milk in Matagalpa is cheap and delicious. So much so that I nearly gave drinking chocolate milk its own spot on this list of best things to do in Matagalpa.

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Horses in the mountains of Matagalpa

2. Go on a Tobacco Tour

Since it is ‘famous’ for it, you might as well check out the tobacco also.

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River in Matagalpa

3. Go to the Chocolate Factory

Something most people enjoy, chocolate. Castillo de Cacao is about a 20NIO taxi ride (per person) out of the city center. Tours are about 150NIO (call ahead).

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Exploring Matagalpa

4. Get Super Fit in he Mountains

Obviously this was our main goal. Lots of mountains to run around in, and living is very, very cheap. The altitude is great for training, as is the milder weather (in comparison to he rest of Nicaragua).

The stream near our place. Best Things to do in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

The stream near out house in Nicaragua, Matagalpa

5. Go Rockclimbing

There’s supposedly some good rock climbing a few km’s out of town also. Talk to the folks at the La Bueno Onda hostel.

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This isn’t the official Rockclimbing place

6. Go Hiking

Hiking was probably my favorite of the best things to do in Matagalpa. There are easily accessible places to hike all through the mountains, and even a good one to a view point looking over town.

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Mountain Hike

7. Go to the Secret Waterfall

While hiking near our place we found an awesome waterfall, not too big, that you can jump off. Not really that secret because there are lots of local kids there sometimes, but secret to tourists. This is a highlight in this list of best things to do in Matagalpa.

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Secret Waterfall. You can jump off it.

8. Eat Icecream

There are a few ice-cream shops in town. The ice cream is delicious and ultra-cheap.

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Water hole in Matagalpa

9. Eat the Local Food

We discovered this place with really good meals and cheap (50C a meal). Standard meal is rice, meat, salad and tortillas. There’s only ever 3 or 4 things on the menu but it changes daily. Jake got the fish. Winner, but mine and Matt’s meals where also very good.

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Horses in the mountains of Matagalpa

10. Walk Around the Town

You can find lots of things to do in Matagalpa by taking a walk around the quaint little town. There are lots of shops, a couple of libraries, a few parks and many more things to do for the happy explorer in Matagalpa.

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Got anything to add to this list of things to do in Matagalpa? Let us know them (or anything else you want to say) in the comments 😀 .

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