A stay at Selva Negra offers a wide range of activities to enjoy. Located in the highlands of central Nicaragua, there is an abundance of wildlife to encounter, trails to explore and activities to enrich your Nicaraguan adventure.
HIKING - FOURTEEN TRAILS:
Hiking in Selva Negra is a lot more than walking in the woods. Hike into virgin rain forest where you experience nature at its purest, the sights and sounds of the forest will amaze you. Selva Negra offers a wide variety of hiking trails to experience. From the slow pace of a walk around the lake, where you can watch the ducks go about their daily life, and listen to the hummingbirds as they busily buzz around you to get the nectar of their favorite flowers. Or, embark on a strenuous and time consuming venture into virgin rain forest. Here you will see plants that are found in very few other parts of the world, you could also be surrounded by the all-powerful howl of the resident howling monkeys. This is an experience worth the muddy boots, and the sore legs. Go through parts of the trail that will require the aid of roots and trunks to get you moving and continue on a 45 degree climb to the ridge.
Each of the Selva Negra trails has a little something special that makes it a worth it trip, and its name that has been derived for very special reasons. You may have the urge to experience each and every single one of them. All you need is time, and a desire to experience nature at its finest.
The trails all vary in difficulty, please refer to the trail statistics on the map supplied at the lodge for more information of each trail. Trails are rated in three categories: the strenuous and most challenging, the middle of the road trail to enjoy an afternoon in nature, and the enjoyable and non-challenging walk. Trails do not complete a circuit, so a trek must piece together various segments in order to return to your starting points.
Horseback riding is the best way to discover the majority of the estate and all it has to offer. You can take your horse to the coffee plantation, the greenhouse area, as well as on many of the mountain hiking trails. Although the horses are not allowed in all the mountain hiking trails, all the roadway system in the estate is open to the horses. Horses are rented by the hour, and arrangements can be made at the lodge to pick up the horses whenever you would like to schedule them. On Sundays they are always stationed near the restaurant and the youth hostel.
Located in the northern highlands of Nicaragua the Hotel Selva Negra is in a prime location for observing some of the most beautiful birds known to the rain forests. The Bird List that contains almost 230 birds sighted at the estate including Nightingale Wren, White-eared hummingbird, Philadelphia Vireo, Baltimore Oriole and the Resplendent Quetzal.
The coffee tours at Selva Negra are an excellent opportunity for you to learn all about the most popular morning drink in the world. You will be amazed about how much goes into delivering that fresh cup of morning coffee. Guests can jump in a truck with Eddy or Mausi K�hl and visit the plantation to see the coffee trees and how they grow. Selva Negra is what is refered to a "shaded coffee plantation". In general this means that coffee grows within the protection of the shade of the trees, at Selva Negra the trees that protect the coffee are mostly made up of old indigenous trees of the area. The coffee harvest season at Selva Negra is from mid-November to mid-February. Visitors the resort during this season enjoy the activities of the harvest.