One of the many reasons why Matagalpa is such a valuable Nicaraguan gem is because of its thriving coffee production. If you’re one of the millions who have been jolted by the powers of this beverage, then visiting Matagalpa is like getting into Coffee Mecca.
This humble city is set out to satisfy your craving for anything that involves relaxation and tranquility, while supplying you with just the right amount of urbanized living which is too enjoyable to miss out on. Set forth on a journey to where festivals would endear you to the locals, or when that Sunday afternoon mountain trek is the highlight of your week.
Matagalpa is such a wondrous town to explore and with all the sights and sounds, this will surely complete your much-awaited South American escapade.
Known as Nicaragua’s fifth largest city, Matagalpa is right in the middle of the country. Covering a total land area of 640.65 square kilometers, this Nicaraguan rural town is home to a total of 542,000 residents and counting. Matagalpa is also dubbed as the ‘Pearl of the North’, as this is one of the few cities left with activity aside from another famous Nicaraguan town, Managua.
If you love the smell of leaves and the unmistakable happiness that the sun brings, then you’ll be delighted to know that Matagalpa experiences spring all year long. Rightfully dubbed as the ‘Land of the Eternal Spring’, Matagalpa has an average temperature ranging from 26 to 28-degrees Celsius with humidity from 75% to 85%.
Annually, Matagalpa receives a total of 45 to 75 inches of rainfall, making the well-balanced weather conditions perfect for growing crops such as coffee. Also, Matagalpa is elevated at 2,297 feet above sea level, making the city’s climate fair and bright all year long.
The city of Matagalpa is situated in the middle of Nicaragua and the best way to get in is through the Managua International Airport. If traveling by air, this airport is your only way in and out of Matagalpa, which will take two hours of travel time. Getting around the city is be easy as there are a lot of services you can avail such as taxicabs, local buses or just by merely walking.
What to See
Museo de Café
Since Matagalpa is widely known for their coffee, Museo de Café was built to show locals and tourists how the coffee industry helps in boosting the town’s economy. Here, an intricate and comprehensive display showcases how Matagalpa coffee is processed from planting to harvesting.
Large and head-turning glossy displays are available, both readable in Spanish and English, discussing the roots of Matagalpa’s very innovative and successful coffee industry.
Iglesia San Jose
For those who adore religious establishments for their history and beauty, Iglesia San Jose should be included in your priority list of places to visit. Baroque styles, lovely ceilings and the illustrious golden altar are some of the many things that would please your eyes once you enter this landmark. Renovated in 1917, Iglesia San Jose was originally built in 1751 and was even used as a jail house for rebels in the early 1800s.
El Castillo Del Cacao
Aside from coffee, one of the main reasons behind Matagalpa’s booming economy is their production of raw chocolate or cacao. On your way to Matagalpa, stop by the El Castillo Del Cacao to satisfy your sweet tooth and taste some samples of these expertly made chocolate, and see how they are produced from scratch.
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