A guide to getting off the beaten track!

 Getting from Managua to Matagalpa by Bus:

  • Take a bus marked as bound for Matagalpa from the Mercadeo Mayoreo in Managua. Buses leave every 1/2 hour from 3 am to 6 pm. The trip will cost US$3 and will take about 2 hours.
  • Buses arrive from Managua to the COTRAN Sur, on the south end of the city of Matagalpa.  To get to your hotel from the bus station, get a taxi just outside the gate of the bus terminal, or catch one of the taxis that waits inside the bus terminal.


 Getting from Granada (and points South) to Matagalpa by Bus:

  • Take a bus to Managua and then follow the directions above. 


Getting from Leon (and points North) to Matagalpa by Bus: 

  • Take a bus marked as bound for Matagalpa from Leon´s Main Bus Terminal (1 km northeast of the city center). Buses leave between 5 am and 3 pm. The trip will cost about US$4 and will take about three hours.


Orientation and Transportation within Matagalpa:

  • Matagalpa is a relatively small city, and you can get anywhere on foot or in taxi.  Taxis cost 10 córdobas per person, more if you are carrying luggage or going to a destination that lies outside the city.
  • Most of the major amenities are located along the Calle Central, or the adjacent Calle de los Bancos, two parallel streets that run the length of the city.  On the Calle Central you will find La Matagalpa, a well-stocked grocery store, many small variety stores, a souvenir and artesanía shop, and a few small places to eat.  Not everything is located on these two streets, however; it is definitely worth the effort to wander the city a bit.
  • Be sure to stop by Artesano´s bar/cafe where you can enjoy an expertly prepared coffee beverage made from beans grown by the farmers in the communities you will soon be visiting!


Getting to San Ramon and the communities from Matagalpa:

Note: Please  contact us for help arranging your transport. And, please respect the autonomy of the communities and this project. In order to support sustainable community development, it is important to organize your visit through the project office.

  • All buse leave from COTRAN Norte on the North side of the city in the district of Guanuca. 
  • To get to San Ramon take a bus marked as bound for San Ramon. Buses leave every hour between 6 am and 7 pm. The trip will cost US$1 and take about 1/2 an hour.
  • To get to La Pita take any bus to San Ramon, get off in the city center and walk 3 km east from the park. (Or take a taxi from San Ramon)
  • To get to La Reina take any bus marked as bound for Cerro Colorado and get off in the community of La Reina. Buses leave every 1/2 hour between 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • To get to El Roblar and La Corona take a bus marked as bound for Yasica Sur. Buses leave at 5:30AM, 6:30AM, 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 12:00PM, 1:00PM, 2:30PM.  The trip to La Corona will cost US$2 and the trip to El Roblar US$3. It takes approximately an hour to arrive to La Corona, and two hours to arrive to El Roblar by bus.
  • Note: The return bus schedule from Yasica Sur to Matagalpa is more or less as follows (it is always recommended you arrive to the side of the road about 10 minutes early in case the bus arrives early): From El Roblar, buses leave at 4:45AM, 5:50AM, 6:30AM, 8:00AM, 9:15AM, 2:15PM.  From La Corona, buses leave 5:30AM, 6:30AM, 7:15AM, 8:45AM, 10:00AM, 3:00PM.


Getting to Solcafe drom Managua or Matagalpa:

  • The Solcafe dry mill is located at Kilometer 120 of the highway between Managua and Matagalpa
  • Any bus bound for either Matagalpa or Managua will let you off in front upon request
See you soon! 
Photo Donation: Bridget O´Brien and Matt Kadey