See more in Matagalpa The Matagalpa is one of the most hilly areas of Nicaragua and is the beginning of the north of the state. The area, traversed by two massifs known as Dariense e Isabellia, includes several river courses, interesting cities, countryside municipalities, countryside tourist establishments and many nature sites such as hills, nature preserves, seas and caves. Matagalpa, a busy and mountainous municipality, is the regional administration centre. Close by is the Rio Santa Emilia Natural Park Falls and Apante Hill, where you can walk. The Selva Negra is a privately owned, sheltered intersanter Berg with a well-known resort situated just off the northern edge of the downtown area.

To the west of the area there are several tourist sights. The Darius is the tranquil little village that has a small musuem in the birth place of the renowned writer Rubén DarÃo, as well as the centre and lakes near the Playitas, a wonderful, rare, nature area. Located to the northern side is the northern Nicaraguan village of Sébaco, where you can find farm produce throughout northern Nicaragua, and its tribal communities have an interesting collection of pre-Columbian woven fabrics and hand looms at their disposal.

Close by is the more rustic and urban Terrabona San Isidro. Nordmatagalpa is very hilly and has another series of hotspots. There are other little-known nature sites in the southern part of this departement, which comprises a population of 13 communes. This is the countryside of San Dionisio with its native people.

Also, the Esquipulas area, near the protected area, that is the Cerro Cumaica, that is the beginning of the series Chontaleña. Farther eastwards are okay the humans of Far, Matiguás-Quirragua your sanctuary, and White River, just a few miles from Cerro Musún sanctuary woods and mistyforest. With Matagalpa as its main centre, also known as "La Perla del Septentrión", this community has many different municipal and environmental features in its colder area.

Cerro Apanante Nature Reserve is close to the town, as are the Santa Emilia River Falls, various mountain ranges with pinewoods, coffe farm and scenic country town. It is the centre of the community of Ciudad DarÃo, the small town that is the place of birth of the most renowned Nicaraguan painter and worldwide poet:

Some of the countryside around the commune also includes the Cerro Güissil (1149 metres), the Las Playitas lagoon and the Moyuà lagoon, where the ruins of an ancient pre-Columbian pantheon can be found. Besides the quiet atmosphere of the countryside and the only city Esquipulas has several tourist sites that are not often used.

This area has important streams, hills like the Cumaica, Peña La Luna and Cerro Santa Maria, and two lagoons: Religions are celebrated from 14 to 15 January in honour of the Black Christ (also known as Señor de Esquipulas). Undiscovered nature spots of Matiguás are the major attraction of this town.

Cerro Kirawa nature reserve and other mountain areas such as Paipi and Bijuagual are there. Matiguás is the capital, which holds its holy feasts on 19 March in honour of San José. Gastronomy of this commune is split into several plains and large hills. It has 12 country hamlets, in added to the capital, the city of Muy Muy Muy.

On 25 April, the residents of the commune hold their own celebrations in honour of San Benito de Palermo. Mountain, river and waterfall are the major features of this town. In spite of the absence of adequate tourist developments, there are several interesting places such as the Yahoska Falls, the Cerro Alegre Nature Reserve and the forested areas of Kuskawás.

Also known as Fátima, El Rancho Grande happens to be the main city, and on 13 May it holds its fiestas in honour of the Virgen de Fátima. Rural activity is very widespread in this community, whose main city is the small city of Rio Blanco. Cerro Munsún Nature Reserve (1450 metres) is situated in the north of the city centre and is the main tourist destination of the area.

In this reservation the fog forests and cascades predominate. You can find a guide at the parking lot or at the mayor' s office of the city. It is a country community with many aboriginal communities run by "Caciques". The capital is San Dionisio, where the people of the region hold devotional festivals on 9 October.

A number of nature features can be discovered, such as the El Bonete massif, a hill named El Gavilán and Montaña Grande, all situated in the south part of the town. Most of the land in this village is in the Sebaco Valley, but there are also some hills in the north and west.

Kapitol is the small town of San Dionisio, which has a quiet atmosphere and a beautiful landscaped area. Around the fifteenth of May his devotional feasts take place in honour of "San Dionisio Labrador". Hilly and predominantly rustic, this village has hills, an interesting cascade, rustic tourist activity in ancient mining and hand-made El Chile produce as its major attraction.

San Ramon is the most important centre of the area. Accommodation is available in several different locations in the countryside and towns. Sebaco, the capital of this commune, is an important commercial centre due to its position, serving as a link for all the motorways that come from the agricultural areas and the towns of the north and the Pacific.

A very interesting place is the native city of El Chagüitillo, where you can also find a beautiful local textile collection and a very interesting local area. Santiago's devotional celebrations take place on 24 and 25 July. It is a hilly and rustic community. The centre of the city is located in the city of the same name, surrounding small towns.

It has several different nature landmarks, such as the hills of MallorquÃ?n and El Gigante. Religions are celebrated on 16 and 19 March in honour of San José. Traversed by the Dariense and Isabelia chains, this commune has a hilly area with small pinewoods and mist. Its name refers to its two capitals:

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