Miraflor Nature Reserve

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We took a bus from Granada to Esteli and stayed the night prior to catching another bus to the Miraflor reserve. We had to change buses in Managua so we got to see what the capital is like. The city is sprawling and much newer looking than I imagined (didnt see any sign of a shanti town but we may have only seen the good parts).  Esteli is the largest city in the north of nicaragua (not a lot of attractions but I was dissapointed to miss the cock fighting on saturday and sunday).

Miraflor is a private reserve which has a mix of cload, intermediate, and dryland forests. We stayed on a coffee / banana farm that provided room and board.  The farm was quite rustic (see photos) but very nice.

Heh Roomie
The people who owned and worked on the farm spoke less english than we spoke spanish so we had some fun communicating. Lots of animals on the farm (cows, chickens, dogs, cats, horses, bugs the size of small birds, snakes....).  When we saw  the display of pickled coral snakes we asked them how common they were in the area (hoping they would say not) but instead the girl said she saw them often (thus, we stayed close to the cabin).

We enjoyed the fireflies at night (breathtaking), however, the other bugs were a nusiance and large enough to make us pull out the hooded jackets. Note, the flash of the camera makes my jacket look much more disco tech than it actually is.

We hired a tour guide for a day who walked us through a small part of the reserve. The tour was good but very basic and would have been better with some transportation (i´m lazy and the area is too big to see by foot). We were on the hunt for Toucan Sam but were not able to make a visable sighting. 


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Market in Sebaco
Market in Sebaco
Heh Roomie
Heh Roomie
Hangin´ at the bus station and lo…
Hangin´ at the bus station and l…
Chicken buses- litterally they are…
Chicken buses- litterally they ar…
our cabina
our cabina
superhero under a banana tree
superhero under a banana tree
coffee growing in the shade of the…
coffee growing in the shade of th…
self explanatory
self explanatory
our cabina closer up
our cabina closer up
and closer up
and closer up
closest up
closest up
gross! Hope he´s in your bed Wes.
gross! Hope he´s in your bed Wes.
flowers in the garden at our place
flowers in the garden at our place
These chickens firmly rooted thems…
These chickens firmly rooted them…
Spaceman oh spaceman.
Spaceman oh spaceman.
Hiding from bird sized bugs that s…
Hiding from bird sized bugs that …
same- my face was under the sheet …
same- my face was under the sheet…
how pastoral!
how pastoral!
you wouldn´t believe how loud the…
you wouldn´t believe how loud th…
transparent butterfly
transparent butterfly
mushrooms
mushrooms
on the search for Toucan Sam.
on the search for Toucan Sam.
Hangin´in the strangler tree
Hangin´in the strangler tree
Wes and our guide Jimmy
Wes and our guide Jimmy
how dark and scary it really was i…
how dark and scary it really was …
Jimmy climbing up the indside of t…
Jimmy climbing up the indside of …
hot and sweaty
hot and sweaty
a well deserved break
a well deserved break
nice view
nice view
a poor attempt to show how strong …
a poor attempt to show how strong…
typical farms of the ¨campesiños…
typical farms of the ¨campesiño…
How sweet would a giant David or J…
How sweet would a giant David or …
Esteli
photo by: Yoshu