4 Reasons to visit Somoto in Nicaragua

Are you thinking to visit the north of Nicaragua? Somoto has to be on your “places to visit in Nicaragua” list.

Escape the warm cities and enjoy the fresh weather of Somoto and also an adventure water sport day.

I have four strong reasons to put Somoto on your bucket list for Nicaragua.

1. Somoto Canyon

The main reason for stopping here! This canyon is still undiscovered for tourists and also for Nicaraguans.

It has been less than 10 years since the canyon was discovered as a tourist attraction.

Locals use to swim all the time in one of the oldest rock formations in Central America.

If you love water, stunning scenarios, some adrenalin jumping and have the feeling that you are the only one on earth, you will enjoy Somoto canyon.

You will swim the waters from the Comali River (from Honduras) and Tapacali joins to form the large Coco River, and even check the exact point where these rivers collide.

The best part of the tour starts when you are floating face up in the water between 120 and 150 meters walls, just impressive!

If you really enjoy some adrenaline I really recommend doing all the jumps, the highest one is 20 meters (do it only if you did this kind of jump before). Standing on top of the rock and make the decision to jump is one of the best feelings ever!

I recommend doing the long tour of 6 hours and 14 kilometers, you are able to see really cool parts of the canyon and spend all morning in this beautiful spot.

It is not a better way to appreciate the canyon than doing it with Henry Soriano, the local tour coordinator. He will fix you up with the best guides and will solve all your problems with the best smile.

Henry Soriano house also provides rooms and other activities. The long tour is US$30 and includes a delicious lunch cook in a traditional Nicaraguan kitchen with homemade tortillas.

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2. Rappeling the canyon

I’m a climber, so the rappelling wasn’t really impressive (Up to 60 meters high). However, rappelling with the Somoto Canyon views can be really cool. (US$12)

Henry Soriano can arrange this activity too, so don’t hesitate to ask him.

3. Rosquillas somoteñas

Somoto produces its famous cookies, don’t miss the chance to visit one of the factories and buy a big bag of them.

Ask for directions to go to Rosquillas Vílchez, two big adobe wood-burning ovens that cook 20,000 rosquillas a day with only 16 workers doing all the stuff.

The factory is really small with a family environment. They start working around 3 am in the morning to have the first order ready in the morning, the best time is around 12 when the ovens are on fire again and they are baking non-stop.

Basically, the rosquillas are made of salted corn dough baked with cheese, and they are really addictive!

4. Somoto City

The city, that preserves one of Nicaraguan’s oldest churches, has a cowboy essence that I like. The men usually wear cowboy hats and belts, and you can be in the same street with a guy on a horse and a taxi driver fighting to crossroads.

Somoto people are really friendly and are more than available to talk to you.

The local markets are colorful and it’s a great place to find strange things not only from Nicaragua but also from Honduras, the border is only a 15 minutes ride.

How to get to Somoto:

  1. Take a bus to Estelí (From Managua or Leon are direct buses).
  2. From Estelí found the North Terminal and take a bus to Somoto, buses run every hour (C$30 and it takes around 2 hours).
  3. Once you are in Somoto catch a bus to El Espino (the Hondura’s border) and tell the driver to stop in Henry Soriano’s place (La casa de Henry Soriano) or the entrance of the canyon. (C$10 and it takes 10 minutes).
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