10/05/2013

It’s Saturday Morning, and it’s time to load up the 4 x 4 rental truck and head for the Black Forest. Finding volunteers that wanted to go was not a problem.

Nicaragua Béisbol

Baseball is the national game of Nicaragua, and one of the most popular sports in the country. Nicaragua and Panama are two countries who have baseball as their national sport, rather than soccer, the national sport of many Central American countries. Shortly after leaving Esteli, taking the road leading to Jinotega, we passed a baseball game in progress (Reds vs. Dodgers). Had to stop to capture a few photos (photo info: 11mm, 1/160 sec, f/13, ISO 200).

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A game of baseball near Esteli Nicaragua.

Selva Negra Nicaragua

Selva Negra (Black Forest) is a virgin cloud forest near Matagalpa. It is part family resort, part coffee farm, and part rainforest preserve.  Below is a view of  the lake from the restaurant (photo info: 11mm, 1/40 sec, f/16, ISO 200). The building to the left houses some of the rooms available. The estate was founded in the 1880s by German immigrants, and is named after Germany’s Black Forest. While there we sampled their coffee, was so good that we had to purchase two bags.

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View from the restaurant at Selva Negra.

The estate also has 10 miles of trails. Below is one of large trees we passed on one of the trails (photo info: 11mm, 1/100 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400). If you look close, you can see a nephew hanging on.

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One of the large jungle trees at Selva Negra.

Selva Negra has an abundant variety of wildlife, including birds, butterflies and monkeys. Below is one of several different hummingbirds we saw while there (photo info: 500mm, 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

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One of the many hummingbirds we spotted at Selva Negra.

Jinotega Nicaragua

The city of Jinotega is enclosed on all sides by mountains dappled in cloud forests. It is also known as the “City of Mists”. Jinotega produces 80% of the nation’s coffee. The photo below was taken on the highway between Selva Negra and Jinotega during our ride back to Esteli (photo info: 18mm, 1/100 sec, f/13, ISO 400).

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From the highway heading north toward Jinotega.

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post for part 2 of our trip to Nicaragua. Adios!

Part 3 will include a trip to the Tisey Estanzuela Natural Reserve, spiders, waterfalls and more!