Mountains and coffee plantations surround Matagalpa, the gateway to Nicaragua's Northern Highlands. This laid back mountain town is the ideal base for exploring Nicaragua’s northern mountains, valleys, and cloud forests. This breathtaking region is home to crashing waterfalls; monkeys, armadillos, tapirs, and even big cats like jaguars and pumas, not to mention parakeets, flycatchers, tanagers, and even the elusive resplendent quetzal. Those seeking more adventure can try rock climbing on Cerro Cusmacayan. The region is also famous for its coffee production. Explore local coffee plantations and enjoy tasting some of the world's best coffee.