Matagalpa is Nicaragua’s coffee capital, a bustling agricultural city, Nicaragua’s third largest. Set up in a small mountain valley, Matagalpa is not terribly attractive to most, but high up in the mountains above the city is one of the most famous properties in Nicaragua. Selva Negra, Black Forest in Spanish is the project of 2nd and 3rd generation German-Nicaraguans. Although Matagalpa has various hotels, none capture the essence of this coffee region, nor enjoy the privacy and great climate like Selva Negra does. Not only are the Selva Negra cabins pleasantly located and cozy, but the cloud forest reserve is excellent for spotting howler monkeys and at times the resplendent quetzal. The farming operation is one of the most ecologically sound in the world, a real model for the entire world with organic cheese, meats, flowers and coffee being just some of the products that are produced on the grounds. When choosing a Matagalpa hotel, there is still really only one quality option.