Reserva Natural Miraflor

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Daghora
San Jose, Costa Rica3 contributions
Couples
We booked a tour with tree huggers, from Luna International Hostel. We spent a great day with gentle horses, nice landscapes, nice company of the guide and horse owner Darvin, who explained everything about the mountain, agriculture, how the community lives and how they care about the environment.
It is amazing to be on a horse so you can stop watching your feet and enjoy the mountains.
Written February 26, 2021
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drey4444
Bologna, Italy84 contributions
Friends
We booked 1 day in Somoto canyon and 2 days with 1 night in Miraflor Reserve to discover the different zones from the reserve.

Somoto canyon was a SUPER experience, worth to do for 30 $!
We did the large tour with our guide Rigo explaining a lot of things all along this tour.
Great lunch when we went back.
Overall very good organisation and nice time!

For Miraflor some comments:
Treehuggers will assign to you a family and a guide depending of their "friend/ family" relations to help them to make money, however not all of them are good, so our best advise is to read what is below:

We spend our first day at "Ruiz, ojo di agua" family and it was SUPER nice!
Their soon, Jemmie was our guide, full of energy and motivation explaining as much things as he can.
In the house, the mother was preparing the nice food and asking us if we like certain things or not.
We also have the meal together with the family and it was great.
We ate there the best cheese we had during our holidays in Nicaragua homemade prepared with the milk of their cows.
During the evening, the father was playing guitar for us and the little soon was singing, nice moments!

On the second day, feelings were really different:
Our guide was Juan de Dios.
Firstly he was not waiting for us at the bus station as expected.
Afterwards he was not speaking at all during our tour.
When we were asking him questions, we had the feeling to bother him.
Juan de Dios didn't seem to be interested by what he was doing but only doing it for money.
Also we did so many long stops during the walk like to "spend" the time and he was constantly looking at his clock to be sure we will reach the 5 hours promised by treehuggers, which was annoying . So avoid the guide Juan de Dios!
We had lunch in the family and it was not in the same friendly atmosphere as the day before, we eat alone, without the family.

Overall nice adventure in Miraflor but choose your guide and Family and really AVOID JUAN de DIOS!
Written March 14, 2017
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Linnea N
Surrey, Canada2 contributions
Friends
My friend and I stayed at a small farm called Finca Neblina del Bosque, where we were fed the best food of our lives by the lovely German woman who owns it with her husband. The surrounding farms and hills were stunning. We took a 7-hour trail ride through the area with a local guide. If you love walking around, enjoying quiet and seeing the most amazing orchid-filled trees, you will love this area. Bring a warm sweater and pants - it gets cold at night!! And the rather long bus ride (it's all uphill...) from Esteli is totally worth it. And if you are on a budget, opting for the dorms at Finca Neblina is a good option at $7 a night.
Written April 26, 2012
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J-in-Naperville
Naperville, IL80 contributions
Couples
"Treehuggers" arranged a one day trip to Miraflores for us. They gave us two vouchers: one for lunch and another for guide. They told us that our guide (Rodolf) does not speak English. We said that is ok. They told us to take 5:45 am bus and our guide will wait for us at the destination bus stop. We asked them whether our guide would hold a paper with our names. They said yes. When we got off at our destination bus stop (Coyolito?)at 6:45am, there was nobody waiting for us. We were in the middle of nowhere. We waited 20 mins, but he did not show up. We showed our voucher to passing by local residents. They said Rodolf lives in this village. So, we waited another 20 min. He still did not show up. We showed our vouchers to another passing by local resident. He knew Rodolf and called him. Rodolf did not answer the phone. Kindly, he led us to the restaurant where we are supposed to have lunch. The restaurant owner called Rodolf and told us he has a problem and cannot come! She called another guide and he will come here. But he lives in another town and needs to take a bus to come here. He will be here at 8:15 am. At 8:30 am, the second guide did not show up. We were tied for waiting and got mad. We asked her to call "Treehuggers". She reluctantly called them, explained the situation and handed over the phone to me. When I said "hello", he hung up on me! We asked the restaurant owner for our lunchvoucher back and told her that we will go back to Esteli. Bus runs only three times per day in this route. If we miss the 9:00 am bus, we have to wait until 3:00 pm for going back to Esteli. Restaurant owner now told us our second guide will come here with 9:0 am bus. The Esteli bus arrived at 9:00 am and our second guide was in the bus. We waited for over two hours for our guide. If we did not meet the kindly passing by local resident, we would wait for Rodolf in the middle of nowhere whole day. Terrible experience with "Treehuggers".
Written January 8, 2015
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Ashley D
New York109 contributions
Friends
The cloudforest is definitely beautiful but it's not the type of beautiful you travel all the way around the world to see. There's some cool fauna and wildlife but it's actually still farmland where people live and thus it's not too amazing to see. Worth a trip if you find yourself in esteli with nothing to do.
Written August 14, 2016
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worldwoman
New York145 contributions
Couples
My partner and I dropped into TreeHuggers as soon as we arrived in Esteli. We booked a day trip to Miraflor with an English speaking guide - only $20. We were fortunate to have Wilder as our guide. Fluent in Spanish & English he was born in The Miraflor Nature Reserve and so had much information and many stories to share. We left at 5:30 am to take the only morning bus to Miraflor - he accompanied us.Got a bus at 3:30pm to return to Esteli after a very full day of hiking and nature experience - very biodiverse area. Be sure you ask for Wilder as your guide. Dur to the early morning start one shpould book at least the day before as we did.
Coincidentally we arrived just in time for a tour of a local cigar factory (Esteli is the cigar capital of Nicaragua). $8 for a 2 hour tour - and all the cigars you can smoke on site - sorry no take-aways. Our guides from TreeHuggers were Nelson (Spanish) and Forrest (English) who conducted the tour as a team.
Written March 9, 2017
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pickphlow
37 contributions
Couples
We almost didn't go to Esteli, and we were so happy we did. We booked a homestay in Miraflor through Treehuggers in town. By far one of the most friendly and knowledgable tour companies. They clearly care a lot about the area, and most of the staff were born and raised in Miraflor. We left really early on the bus up to Miraflor, which was a pretty drive as we watched the sun rise. Met our guide, an 18 year old who was super friendly and fun, at the bus station with three horses. We spent a few hours riding around the reserve as he pointed out various local plants and their traditional uses. We stopped at some old indigenous caves, before heading to our homestay for breakfast. Our hosts, Marlon and Mayra, were gone most of the day since they had to take their newborn daughter to the hospital for some vaccines, but everyone else was super nice! After a hearty breakfast, we hopped back on the horses for some more touring. Lots of baby pigs, cows, chickens, kittens, all running around the various farms. Everyone we met was super friendly, and our guide showed us his father's coffee farm after lunch. That evening, we took a short hike up to a lookout spot to watch a beautiful sunset - definitely one of the highlights. We went to bed around 8pm since there's limited electricity, and there wasn't much to do after dark. But I swear it was the best night's sleep I got in 3 months of Nicaragua. The next morning, our guide taught us to milk some cows, and Marlon and Mayra fed us some coffee and sweet bread before we caught the bus back to town. All in all, we paid $89 for a private guide, three meals, accommodation and tons and tons of coffee (grown there in the reserve). A great value.

Things to note:
While Marlon was the only person we met who spoke English, everyone spoke slow, basic spanish, and were patient when we asked questions.
Definitely a rural experience - probably not going to see exotic rainforests, but a cool place to relax.
We were glad we only chose to stay one night. My girlfriend wasn't a huge fan of the basic facilities (no running water), and beyond the touring we spent a lot of time lazing around in hammocks reading and playiing with the various puppies, kittens and piglets around the farm. Bring a book!
It does get fairly cold at night, but the family we stayed with provided plenty of blankets to keep us warm

Overall, this was probably the highlight of my three weeks in Nicaragua.
Written February 17, 2017
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wayrobinson
Valemount, Canada101 contributions
Couples
We love nature, we are avid hikers, so we thought this would be a sure bet for us. We don't understand the hype. There was a mix up when we arrived with our booking. We were not expected. However the family hosting us whipped us up a breakfast and lunch and we did not know anything was amiss until we found out there were no horses for us and no guide. However, the father of the family got his son to guide us on a day hike. He was a nice young guy who took us to a waterfall, and orchid reserve, a mirador and through a lot of farm land. When we signed up for this we were expecting less farm land and cattle grazing than what we saw. We were expecting more wilderness. Don't get me wrong, the people are very lovely, the farming landscape is beautiful, but there is little wilderness to experience. When we later went to Tisey, we wondered why people were raving about Miraflor and not Tisey. Tisey was much more beautiful in our opinion.

Note, we only stayed for a day, we only hiked the mid region. Worth a visit but maybe lower your expectations compared to what others are saying.
Written March 24, 2016
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DaMarcanos
Norfolk, VA712 contributions
It is Ok for city types
For some of us that have been around farm animals is nothing special. It was nice to go with the kids they tough it was ok.
Written August 25, 2015
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XelaGringa
181 contributions
lots of cows and coffee, not as much cloud forest as you think you're getting. so many cows. so many. i stayed in the high zone, which was supposed to be a cloud forest. maybe at one time the whole thing was cloud forest but what i saw were cows. and banana trees with coffee growing underneath, which was nice the first 100 times i saw it. get off at la rampla bus stop to go to the nicer fincas or el instituto de la rampla, which is closer to where some of the host families live. i stayed with a host family for one night. i used an outhouse that was smaller than i ever imagined an outhouse could be. it was made out of sheets of tin so it was basically an oven of poop eating flies during the day. they grew vegetables and coffee. they served me my food separate from the rest of the family and the kids peeked around the kitchen door and watched me eat. it was extremely awkward. the pozo de la pila waterfall is ok. the one closer to esteli is nicer. the idea of protecting land from development while trying to help farmers is a good idea. but "protected nature reserve" means something a lot different there than it does in the states. the land is intensively farmed, cleared, burned and managed. parts are wild but it wasn't the vast swath of primary rainforest i thought it would be.
Written May 11, 2015
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