El Chocoyero Nature Reserve
- Location: La Boquita, Carazo
Chocoyero Nature Reserve
The Chocoyero Nature Reserve is a great place for hiking and bird watching. This reserve is located less than 30 kilometers away from Managua near the community of Ticuantepe. The last seven kilometers are mostly unpaved and cross pineapple, coffee, and banana plantations. This will slow you down but the road never bores and the views are magnificent. There are volcanic ridges around the reserve, and wonderful nature everywhere.
The nature within El Chocoyero Reserve also has a lot to offer. There are several trails that take you to different types of forest and vegetation. With an abundance of water Chocoyero is always green and wildlife flourishes. Two types of monkeys inhabit the park: howler and white-face monkeys. The howler monkeys are bigger and black and (no surprise) howl a lot. They can be heard from far, but you will also have a good chance of spotting them from close by. Taking the Congo trail increases your chances of seeing those monkeys even more. The white-face monkeys are seen less frequently, but come down from the mountains in the afternoon and can then be seen from the regular trails.
Chocoyero also houses lots of birds. The reserve is famous for its chocoyos, green parakeets that all nest right next to a waterfall and can be seen in big numbers in the morning when they leave, and in the late afternoon when they return. The best time to see the birds is around 6:00 am or around 4:30 pm. Throughout the day they browse the area looking for food. There are numerous other birds and by hiring a guide you will be able to see more than only the easily recognizable ones like hummingbirds or mot-mots. The guides often spot animals you missed and they can tell a lot about the nature.
The trails in Chocoyero have different lengths and difficulties. The adventure trail leads up the mountain and takes six hours to complete. You will, however, have great views of the reserve and the surrounding area. There are even some cities you can see from atop (Managua included)! The other trails are shorter and lead to the waterfalls. There are two waterfalls: Chocoyero and El Brujo. The trail to El Brujo is steep but not that long. The Chocoyero waterfall is maybe 30 minutes away from the entrance, and you don't need to climb in order to get there. This is where the chocoyos nest.
The waterfalls are small but worth the hike. The water comes from rain further up in the mountains, and is collected to be used as drinking water in the communities nearby.
- Monkeys (White-face monkeys - Howler Monkeys)
- Chocoyos - Green Parakeets
- Waterfalls (depending on the season rainy or dry)
- Numerous Hiking Trails
- Pineapple farms
- Departure points
- 1) Granada
- 2) Managua
- 3) Masaya
- Departure time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
- Duration: 6 Hours
- Return details: Returns to original departure point
- Transportation Pick up/Drop Off
- Bottle Water
- "Coco-Loco or Coco & Pineapple"
- Extra alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages during lunch
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*Airport - Initials: MGA- Managua