Flora and Fauna of Nicaragua
Wetlands, Tropical Dry & Cloud Forest Nature Reserves
7 days – 6 nights
Nicaragua is home to a great biodiversity. If you have not previously had the opportunity to travel in the tropics this is a real eye opener to the unique nature of specialized tropical ecosystems like tropical dry forest and cloud forest. If you are an experienced traveler in tropical ecosystems the lack of crowds in these five nature reserves and the authenticity of the nature viewing experience is a great pleasure to be savored. With the assistance of a Tours Nicaragua biologist or naturalist guide this flora and fauna tour allows you to peel back the layers of the extraordinary biodiversity that Nicaragua’s nature parks preserve. The world’s most endangered tropical ecosystem is the tropical dry forest, with less than 10% of its original coverage in Central America still intact. At both Montibelli and El Chocoyero this highly specialized ecosystem where plants and animals must continually adapt to survive 6 months of draught and 6 months of hard rains annually, is a true beauty of natural engineering and home to many unique species. At Selva Negra, Cerro Arenal and Datanlí you will enjoy the fresh mountain climate and highly diverse evergreen forest that is teeming with animals and home to special trees and plants that depend on the moisture from clouds to survive. Come and enjoy the biodiversity of Nicaragua on a private tour with one of our expert guides, it is an experience you will never forget.
Nicaragua Flora and Fauna Ecotour Itinerary
DAY 01: MANAGUA – MONTIBELLI PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE
Greeting at the airport by private transport and transfer to the Sierra Managua mountain range and the low mountain private nature reserve of Montibelli. Lodging in private cabin.
DAY 02: MONTIBELLI – CHOCOYERO NATURE RESERVE – MONTIBELLI
Country breakfast and birding with local expert guide. Lunch at the reserve and private transfer with English speaking guide to the tiny and nature rich canyon nature reserve of El Chocoyero, home to howler monkeys, agouti, toucans and more than a thousand cliff dwelling Chocoyos (Nicaraguan for green parakeet). Return to Montibelli for dinner and lodging in cabin.
DAY 03: MONTIBELLI – SELVA NEGRA PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE
Country breakfast and private transfer with naturalist guide to Selva Negra private cloud forest reserve in Matagalpa. Guided nature walking in the cloud forest reserve. Lodging in cabin at Selva Negra.
DAY 04: SELVA NEGRA – CERRO ARENAL NATURE RESERVE
Breakfast and private transfer to the misty peaks of the Cerro Arenal Nature Reserve, home to the Resplendent Quetzal and other unique birds and flora for hiking through the reserve and down into the Selva Negra private nature reserve. In the afternoon a eco-hacienda tour to learn how the most ecologically sustainable farm in Central America operates it various sources of income in complete harmony with the environment.
DAY 05: SELVA NEGRA – LA ESMERALDA & LA BASTILLA, DATANLÍ
Breakfast and private transfer to the magnificent cloud forest waterfall of La Bujona in La Esmeralda in the Datanlí Nature Reserve. Continue to the northwest side of Datanlí for afternoon bird watching and lodging in cabin at La Bastilla.
DAY 06: LA BASTILLA – BIOLOGICAL STATION, DATANLÍ – MANAGUA
Breakfast and private transfer to the biological station in the northern part of Datanlí for nature hiking in this world-class cloud forest reserve, at a place of important research of highland species of flora and fauna. Lunch at the biological station and private transfer to Managua for lodging at Hotel Los Robles in Managua.
DAY 07: MANAGUA
Breakfast at hotel and private transfer to airport for flight home.
Nicaragua Flora and Fauna Tour includes:
- 2 nights lodging at the Montibelli Private Nature Reserve
- 2 nights lodging at Selva Negra Cloud Forest Reserve
- 1 night lodging at La Bastilla Ecolodge in Datanlí
- 1 night lodging at the Hotel Los Robles in Managua
- All meals at Montibelli
- All breakfasts in the rest of the trip
- Private transfers in 4×4 or van with a/c and professional driver
- All driver expenses
- Assistance of an English speaking naturalist or biologist guide
- All guide expenses
- Assistance of local guides at Montibelli, Selva Negra, La Esmeralda and Datanlí
- 17% hotel taxes
- Admissions fees to parks and nature reserves
All tours are private.
Tours can begin any day of the year providing hotel space is available.
Tour costs depend on the number of travelers in your party and visit dates.
Please specify number of people and target dates when requesting a quote.
Custom tour itineraries are available upon request.
Nicaragua flora and fauna does not include: Lunch and dinner when not at Montibelli. International flights or airport taxes. Guide for final airport transfer day out. Drinks. Travel insurance, tips or medical treatment.