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Snugly situated within the Nicaraguan mountain regions within coffee plantations and cattle farms, Matagalpa City is a favorite and widely appreciated tourist destination. Offering numerous opportunities for hiking, horse riding and bird watching alongside eco-tourism and coffee-farm tours, Matagalpa is just about two hours driving distance from the Managua International Airport. Featuring several bars, restaurants, hotels, youth hostels, bungalows and mountain resorts, Matagalpa has a large number of residents who can in fact speak English as well.
Located within the highlands, Matagalpa is reputed and recognized as a major Nicaraguan production center of various agricultural products. Displaying ox-carts, cowboys and loaded mules, life is very much like the days gone by. Home to quite a few historic churches, Matagalpa is a fine town to walk around and take photographs. With 12 different protected forest regions located within the region holding a great amount of birds, orchids and wildlife, Matagalpa, also known as the ‘Capital of Coffee’, is fast emerging as a Nicaraguan tourist hotspot.