Cañón de Somoto -Monumento Nacional

Cañón de Somoto -Monumento Nacional

Cañón de Somoto -Monumento Nacional

Cañon de Somoto is located 15 kilometers from the provincial capital, Somoto, it is one of the most spectacular natural beauty that has Nicaragua. It was enacted on 29 November 2006 in the protected category of “National Monument” and the government stamped his image area ticket 50 cordobas.


This rock formation is the oldest in Central America, is estimated to have a length between 15 and 5 million years. The locals have always known by the name of the Estrechura or Namancambre, where Ulua-Matagalpa language the term “naman” means “bone”. According to another version it comes from the indigenous Chorotega and was the name given to the tree with magical properties that grew in the area of the cliffs

The gun was discovered to the world in 2004 by a group of Czech geologists and Nicaraguan undertaking studies in the area of its tourism potential.

Exactly it is a canyon between two mountains together in a narrow space occupied by a river. From inside you can see the natural beauty of the site and use it to perform any of the sports activities offered in the area.

According to INETER (Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies) barrel is composed of irregular rock formations with a width that varies depending on the area between 10 and 15 meters, with cliffs from a height between 120 and 150 meters, it has an area of approximately 4.5 kilometers and an area of 170.31 hectares.

The gun houses the headwaters of the Rio Coco also known by the name Wangki, the longest river in Central America. At that point together Comali small rivers, from Honduras and Tapaclí river from San José de Cusmapa in the department of Madriz.

Along the rock formation jumps are formed and can find 8 pools, some with considerable depth between 80 and 100 meters, of a color between turquoise and emerald green.

In the canyon area there is a wealth of flora and fauna. We can find a great variety of birds like parakeets, hawks, herons and ojoques; also they live in the canyon iguanas, raccoons, white tailed deer, pacas and rabbits and a variety of butterflies and nocturnal birds like bats.

As for the flora we can find plants like orchids, bromeliads, agaves and cacti.

From the year 2004 and because of its tourism potential they have been developing services and activities to exploit sustainable, respectful and responsible manner Canyon.

They are many of the locals who have been trained to offer the service of tour guide, some of the houses of the communities located in the area have adequate facilities to offer visitors a comfortable stay and friendly service.

There are several tour operators in the area and elsewhere in the country that offer tours and packages to visit this national monument. Prices vary depending on the services you want to hire.

It is recommended to hire the services of local guides and tour operators to make the most of the visit.

The entrance to the Canyon is 20.00 cordobas ($ 0.75) managed by the Municipality. The tour boat about 200 meters per person costs approximately 50.00 cordobas ($ 1.80), the trip is done safely and is required to wear a life jacket. There is also the option to tour some of the giant tires at a very affordable and guided by expert staff place in the price.

In the Canyon you can perform a number of activities: rappel, 35 meters and 45 meters. Pick up the tourists and for professionals declines of up to 300 and 400 meters. , Hiking paths that have been enabled by INTUR (Nicaraguan Tourism Institute) to enjoy the stunning views and fauna., Boat tours and tires, swimming, camping, hiking.


If you travel in your own car from Managua, you have to head for the exit in the north, through the airport, along the Panamerican Highway towards Esteli-Somoto. At the junction follow direction Yalagüina Somoto-El Espino. Always on the Panamerican, once it reached Somoto, follow direction Espino. At kilometer 230 and a half is the entrance to the Canyon, Valley community Sonis on dirt road. A few meters from the entrance where you find the house provide all the information you need and where you have to pay admission.

If you do not carry a suitable vehicle for the type of road you can leave your vehicle parked in the parking area at a cost 10 cordobas ($ 0.2) or in one of the houses near with confidence.

From the information booth you have to walk on dirt road about 2 kilometers to the river. Then you have to skirt the river to reach the area where the boat trip starts.

The canyon is accessible on foot from the river running through walking about 1km and once in the canyon can still walk another stretch of 400 meters. But at a certain point it is necessary to cross any of the boats which are arranged by the tourism administration. and it is priced at C $ 20 a round trip. You can also tour a stretch of river with inflatable donut-shaped float for a small fee. Both highly recommended activities

We recommend hiring the services of a local guide to have more security and more information and so make the most of his tour of the Canyon.

If traveling by bus from Managua, you should go to the bus terminal Mayoreo. The express buses leave at the following times: 7:15 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 12:45 m, 1:45 pm, 3:45 pm and 4:45 pm with a price of 110 cordobas (about $ 4.00). The trip to Somoto expands from three hours to four. Once in Somoto you have to catch a bus to the terminal “border” to the Valley of the passage SONIS worth about 8 cordobas ($ 0.35)