Fifteen kilometers from Matagalpa this waterfall is easily accessible by car and is a popular destination for locals during the summer months. Take the road to El Tuma-La Dalia towards the town of Santa Emilia for which the falls are named. After passing the town there are two bridges; make a right after the second. The fifteen meter waterfall, known both as Salto de Santa Emilia and Salto el Cebollal, is surrounded by thick vegetation. Legend has it that the caves beneath the falls are the home to a colony of small elves.
Many of Santa Emilia‚Äôs residents work on the 12,000 acre coffee plantation creatively named Santa Emilia. Designed by an international team of architects and engineers, the farm is actually part of a project focusing on communal living and sustainability. The project is documented in a recent Dutch film called ‚ÄúThe Hanging Gardens of Santa Emilia.‚ÄĚ Other residents work on their own small farms which they received as part of the Sandinista‚Äôs land redistribution initiative.
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