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“Go with a guide” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Reserva Natural Miraflor

Reserva Natural Miraflor
Miraflor Reserva, Esteli, Nicaragua
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Esteli
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Go with a guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

Even if the staff of the hostel sonati say you can go alone you should go with a guide! They cost 15USD for 1-3 people! We went there by our one but its very difficult to find the right way and the realy nice spots is not possible to find them! Most guides only speak spanish but just ask around the town for an english speaking guide! Realy dont go alone its worth to hire a guide otherwise its a bit waste of time i think

Visited August 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Saint Louis, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“A sojourner's paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

I traveled throughout Nicaragua for five months and the two places I fell head over heals in love with are Ometepe and Miraflor. Miraflor is captivating. It is stunningly beautiful, embedded with rural mountain culture and rich in history and lore from the Contra/Sandanista era. Women own their own coffee cooperatives in Miraflor. People organize for community development, including bringing solar panels up the mountain for electricity and increasing micro-agricultural enterprises for an improved local economy. Youth play a valuable role in Miraflor and figure prominently in maintaining the traditional way of life in the mountains. The people who live in Miraflor embrace tourists, so you will feel at home here. But Miraflor is not for everyone. It's rural, isolated, and poverty is apparent. Expect outhouses, lack of electricity, simple eating, rustic lodging and no frills. Expect a long bus ride from Esteli in an ancient, non-air-conditioned school bus that is packed with everything from people to huge sacks of rice, live chickens and even pigs. It's not uncommon for the buses to break down. Expect long walks from where the bus drops you off to the destination you intend to visit, so take plenty of water, dress comfortably and wear sensible footwear that's designed for hiking and climbing. Arrive early at the bus stops, and expect to wait for the buses. Also expect to get stranded on the mountain if you miss the last bus connection. For someone like me, all of these characteristics add to the adventure and charm of Miraflor, and they enrich the experience of truly living the way the locals live their daily lives. That means a lot to me because I travel like a pilgrim, not a typical western tourist. Miraflor leaves a lasting impression in the heart and mind. It tugs at your soul and beckons you back. I found it to be a magical spot on Earth.

Visited July 2012
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Kingston, Jamaica
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“Amazing landscape, fun journey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Took the wrong bus up to Miraflor and ended up taking a 20 km walk through the whole thing. My shoes literally fell apart by the time we got to the location where we were supposed to be staying! Still the lengthy walk was on a cool day and there are little shops to buy water in every aldea. Things I loved: the flowers, the views, the farms, the people (and the characters among them.) This really felt like community tourism which was great-- although you start to see that the families that can plug into having international tourists stay with them are among the wealthier cooperativists in the area by far.

Visited April 2013
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Rionegro, Colombia
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“Precious Spot of Cloud Forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Visited the Reserva during the dry season when the rest of Nicaragua is dry and dusty. Miraflor is like a cool, shady oasis where you can see a wonderful variety of plants that are unque to this part of Nicaragua. Saw bright red heliconias and numerous other shade-loving plants.

Visited March 2013
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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Lovely place to relax and explore”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We spent two nights with a family at Finca Las Palmeras. We hiked to a waterfall and went swimming one day and rode horses to a vista the next. The guide, Hugo, was very easy to talk to and knew a lot about the area and its history (he spent his whole life there). The family was very welcoming. The daughter was super friendly and loved playing with our five year old son. Marta, the owner, prepared fresh, tasty meals with a good variety of fruits and vegetables, all local of course. The accommodations are in the family's home and are very basic but perfectly fine; it may not be for the overly fussy because you will find big spiders in the room, and the bathroom is a pit-toilet in an outhouse a little distance from the home. There's a bug net over the bed and truly it's not a big deal. There's no running water, but there's a light in the room. Speaking Spanish is a plus because we did not encounter any English speakers there. My son loved all the farm animals, swimming at the waterfall, and the long horse ride--he could have stayed all month!

Visited March 2013
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