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Grazing cattle atop rolling green hills and cowboys strutting in spurred boots are common sights in Boaco and Chontales. As the primary source for most of Nicaragua’s beef and dairy, cattle is very much part of the culture in these bordering departments. Rodeos and bullfights are frequent, and are probably the most exciting events a visitor can hope to attend. Juigalpa, by far the most cosmopolitan city in either Boaco or Chontales, hosts rodeos every month. You wouldn’t think the bleachers at the ring would fill up every time, but Juigalpans take the sport very seriously. At their patron saint festival in August people come from all over the world to play spectator at their rodeos and bullfights. Locals like to don cowboy gear, and boots, hats and other paraphernalia are easily found all over the region, especially in Camoapa.

If cattle isn’t your thing, there are plenty of beautiful hikes to take and local farms to visit. Bear in mind though, that as this region sees very few tourists, these are sometimes hard to get to. Set among the Amerrisque mountains, Boaco and Chontales have peaks such as Mombacho, La Cebadilla and the more challenging Quizaltepe.

While Boaco and Chontales haven’t seen the sort of governmental investment in agro-tourism you’ll find in other regions, a few entrepreneurial farmers and ranchers have opened up their properties to the public. Nueva Guinea has La Esperanzita, a teaching farm, and San Jose de Los Remates has plenty of coffee farms. All are good places to get a sense of the sort of development going on in this peaceful, prosperous region.


Other places in Nicaragua : NindirĂ­, San Juan Del Sur, Diria, Corn Island, Casares, El Castillo, Altagracia, Islas Solentiname, Isla de Ometepe and Puerto Diaz.

05 May 2009

Central Nicaragua Things to See and Do

Hiking Mombacho

For an easier day hike outside of Camoapa, consider heading to Mombacho, a forested peak offering beautiful views of the surrounding lowlands. With ideal soil for growing coffee, this mountain is the ...
Camoapa, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

La Parroquia de Santiago Apostol

This cheerful, yellow church sits atop the upper part of the city and is the focal point of the town square, where people congregate at all hours to sit at the open air café and shoot the breeze. ...
Historical Building
Boaco, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Aguas Claras Hot Springs

130691If you start to miss hot water while in the Boaco area, you might want to check out the Aguas Claras hot springs, located 7 kilometers west of town. Budget travelers will want to get there early to ...
Spa/Hot Springs
Boaco, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Museo Arqueologico Gregorio Aguilar Barea

130733Part portrait gallery, part museum and part old fashioned freak show, this eclectic assemblage of artifacts is the one place in town where Juigalpa’s history is on display. Half the museum consists ...
Juigalpa, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Rodeo at Plaza Taurina Alberto Homberto e Isabel Mongrio

130743Cowboy town that it is, it’s no surprise that Juigalpa hosts a popular rodeo every month. Thanks in part to a generous donation by the government of Taiwan, the town boasts an impressive rodeo ring ...
Other Activity
Juigalpa, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Jardin Zoologico Thomas Belt

130739One of two zoos in Nicaragua, and the largest, Thomas Belt will come as a shock to most western travelers. Lions, Jaguars and other large animals dwell lethargically in spare, cement-floored, ...
Other Activity
Juigalpa, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Cerro El Faro

130682For a panoramic view of Boaco and the Rio Mayales valley, climb the Cerro El Faro. This tower was constructed as part of Boaco’s efforts to revamp the city following the destruction of the ...
Boaco, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Hiking Quizaltepe

At 300 meters high, this monolith (whose name in Nahautl means “place of the grinding stone”) is visible from all over the Boaco province. The volcanic material from which the peak is comprised ...
Camoapa, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Parque Palo Solo

130738This clean and airy park is a great place to catch a view of Juigalpa’s stunning surroundings. Around the central monument (an oversized corn-on-the-cob) groups of teenagers and couples, and the ...
City Park
Juigalpa, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Hiking to La Cebadilla

If you’re itching to strap on those hiking boots while in Boaco, head to La Cebadilla, from which there is a nice view of Boaco’s hills. Religion buffs will appreciate the fact that at ...
Boaco, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Parroquia de Nuestra Senora del Perpetuo Socorro

Although smaller and more run down than Santiago Apostol, Nuestra Senora still retains a lot of character. The Eastern Orthodox style exterior is completely incongruous with its surroundings and can ...
Historical Building
Boaco, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Central Nicaragua Hotels

Hotel El Regreso and Hospedaje Nuevo Milenio

The small, colorful rooms wrapping around the bright second-floor terrace at El Regreso will do the trick for budget travelers. Rooms have televisions, fans and air conditioners, though use of the AC ...
Juigalpa, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Hotel Los Arcangeles

A swanky option east of the cathedral, Hotel Los Arcangeles may be the closest thing to an American-style hotel in Juigalpa. Rooms are spacious, with well-crafted wooden furniture, quilts, ...
Juigalpa, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Hotel Sobalvarro

Flanking the Central Park’s south side, Hotel Sobalvarro is a basic, clean, and convenient option for the adventurous ones who actually stay in Boaco long enough to sleep. Rooms congregate around a ...
Boaco, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Hotel Santiago

The best reason to choose this clean, inexpensive hostel is its owner, Carlos Obando, a friendly English speaker who, if he has time off from his cattle ranch, will be happy to take you on hiking ...
Boaco, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Hotel Farolitos

For slightly more upscale lodgings in Boaco, try the Hotel Farolitos, located halfway up the hill between the central park up the Nuestra Senora church. Rooms here are a bit pricier than the other ...
Boaco, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Hotel Casa Country

Conveniently located across from Parque Palo Solo, Hotel Casa Country is a decent midrange option for travelers looking for slightly nicer digs. Rooms have actual furniture, and the private bathrooms ...
Juigalpa, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua
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