A day in the cloud mountains

Matagalpa Travel Blog

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Awesome

We started off as any other day; Babs and had a meeting point at 8.30 am and it worked well for both of us so why change it. First goal this Sunday morning was to get some breakfast; Rincón don Chato seemed like a good place and it was just 500 meters down the road from where we stayed.

The town had been up a part of the night but anyway the shops were getting ready to meet the first customers. The street was full of clothing shops and these were the first to open; everywhere young girls were ready to receive their friends and customers. Most of the ones opening these shops were girls in late teens or early in the twenties. The music was on super high in order to attract people and the party from yesterday was starting all over.

In a place completely green and yellow we found the sign of Rincón don Chato, which was the place we had been looking for.

Wish it was forever
There were not a lot of people in the shop so we had no difficulties in finding a table. We were greeted by a sweet young waitress came towards us and picked up the menu on the way.

I wanted an omelette which almost never was on any menu I got for breakfast in Nicaragua but whenever I had ordered it in anyplace; they had all tasted like a million bucks.

The girl quickly understood that I was an omelette kind of guy and decided to give me what I wanted, on the side I order a fruit cocktail with mango and papaya. The omelette was a seventh heaven one with fresh vegetables and spicy pieces of chilli and the juice chilled and just asking for one more.

The breakfast came to us in the time you would expect for fresh made food and the price was far more than fair; plain cheap.

View from the hills

After this great breakfast we went for a walk in the centre of Matagalpa; the day before we had stayed near Parque Ruben Dario and close to our hotel. The city was quite lively and vivid in its expression. I felt that the city had a god feel and in retrospect I liked it much more than Estelí which in the books are mentioned as one of the better cities to visit.    

We walked for some time and enjoyed the action surrounding the Cathedral and Parque Central. After some time we returned to the hotel and made ourselves ready for the drive of the day. First goal would be the coffee production in the small German enclave of Selva Negra, a visit to Jinotega and Lago de Apands.

I picked up the car at the parking and we filled the car with cold water and off we went.

I didn’t take long before we had to ask for direction after we had driven out of Matagalpa. We had come to the conclusion of asking one too many was much better than one time too few.

The road towards Jinotega was better than we anticipated even though we started with road repair the first couple of kilometres. After driving 5-7 kilometres most of it going uphill we came to a road with brand new asphalt. I was laughing at all the bike riders grabbing the different busses but I could not blame them; the road was pretty steep the first many kilometres.

The landscape changed rapidly after some kilometres, the clouds were hanging low and many clouds were in direct contact with the green forest on the sides of the mountains. We drove for some 25 kilometres before we saw the sign of Selva Negra.      

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Awesome
Awesome
Wish it was forever
Wish it was forever
View from the hills
View from the hills
The view from my room
The view from my room
Our hotel
Our hotel
Avenida Jose´Benito Escobar
Avenida Jose´Benito Escobar
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
El Verdugo
El Verdugo
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
The biggest avacados I ever have …
The biggest avacado's I ever have…
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
Breakfast place without fresh fruit
Breakfast place without fresh fruit
Ready for the day
Ready for the day
The coconut family
The coconut family
Nice to know where you are
Nice to know where you are
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
Just waiting!
Just waiting!
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
Toña best beer of Nicaragua
Toña best beer of Nicaragua
Our breakfast place; Rincón don C…
Our breakfast place; Rincón don …
Inside Rincón don Chato
Inside Rincón don Chato
Next to Parque Central
Next to Parque Central
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
The police station amonst many thi…
The police station amonst many th…
The Parque Central
The Parque Central
Another president from the local c…
Another president from the local …
Coke sales man
Coke sales man
Hot dog stand
Hot dog stand
In the city centre
In the city centre
Live wire!
Live wire!
Parque Central
Parque Central
More fun when the music plays
More fun when the music plays
Parque Central
Parque Central
The Cathedral of Matagalpa
The Cathedral of Matagalpa
Ready for the coming day
Ready for the coming day
The coca cola stand
The coca cola stand
Going for church
Going for church
Inside the Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral
The municipality HQ
The municipality HQ
Super products
Super products
Going for church in the best cloth…
Going for church in the best clot…
Tired and the day hasnt even star…
Tired and the day hasn't even sta…
The Cathedral in Matagalpa
The Cathedral in Matagalpa
Waiting for the bus
Waiting for the bus
A Barca bus in Matagalpa
A Barca bus in Matagalpa
Another tired soul
Another tired soul
Shoe shine
Shoe shine
Yellow and nice
Yellow and nice
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
Main street Matagalpa
Main street Matagalpa
A speaker van!
A speaker van!
Road work to the mountains
Road work to the mountains
The road looked bad from the start
The road looked bad from the start
I dont balme this guy - I would h…
I don't balme this guy - I would …
I dont balme this guy - I would h…
I don't balme this guy - I would …
I dont balme this guy - I would h…
I don't balme this guy - I would …
View from the hills
View from the hills
If this guy could capitalize his v…
If this guy could capitalize his …
If this guy could capitalize his v…
If this guy could capitalize his …
Fabulous view
Fabulous view
Wish it was forever
Wish it was forever
Clouds on the mountains
Clouds on the mountains
Rain on the way
Rain on the way
View in the mountains
View in the mountains
Matagalpa from the mountain
Matagalpa from the mountain
Getting some vine
Getting some vine
Sharp corners
Sharp corners
Just step out in heaven
Just step out in heaven
Super view
Super view
Sharp corners
Sharp corners
Look at that
Look at that
Looking at Matagalpa
Looking at Matagalpa
Great place
Great place
Babs on the way to a great meal
Babs on the way to a great meal
Wine oh yeah
Wine oh yeah
A salad
A salad
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
Colours of Matagalpa
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