Selva Negra is a full-service ecolodge, organic farm, rainforest reserve and coffee estate located in the highlands of northern Nicaragua. Add a stay at this Nicaragua rainforest lodge to Nicaragua tours up north. Here travelers learn about successful sustainable farming, hike in the protected rainforest, and explore the coffee plantation.
Day 1 : Arrive at Selva Negra Day 2 : Free Morning & Coffee Tour Day 3 : Return to Managua
Hike through the cloudforest and search for local flora & fauna
Tour a coffee estate and learn about the production process
After breakfast this morning in Leon, you are picked up and transferred to Selva Negra. Upon arrival, settle in, have lunch, and spend the remainder of the day exploring this truly unique farm and ecolodge.
The nature reserve on which the Ecolodge rests is classified as cloud forest. This area is rich with plant and animal life and home to exotic and elusive bird species, stunning vistas of fog-shrouded valleys and mountains, and rare rainforest flowers, trees, and vines. Enjoy a self-guided hike through the grounds this afternoon, or pay a visit to the farm animals as you settle in to your Nicaragua rainforest lodge.
In the evening, relax lakeside and partake in a delicious meal consisting of organically-grown fare raised onsite.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a free morning to explore the grounds and take part in some onsite optional activities. We recommend the guided hour and a half tour of Selva Negra's sustainable farm and community. Take a unique look into the sustainable farming and the roles that history, climate, topography, and social programs have played in the development and operation of the estate. Other activity suggestions include a hike or horseback ride on the reserve's rainforest trails. Or visit the local the museum and artisan shop. If you don't mind a drive, you can also arrange to drive into Matagalpa to explore the town.
After lunch, join a small group guided tour of Selva Negra's coffee estate. On this walking tour, see the process of coffee production from seed to cup. Learn about the nurseries and organic laboratories. During harvest time (Nov-Feb) you may be able to witness the bean picking and weighing process. Sample the product at the end in the museum with a complimentary cup of coffee.
After your tour, spend the evening relaxing on the farm and enjoy dinner by the lake.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.