10/09/2013

It’s Wednesday Morning, and it’s time to get some more use out of our 4 x 4 rental truck. Today we are traveling to the Miraflor Natural Reserve. The reserve is located north of Esteli.

Miraflor Natural Reserve Nicaragua

The Miraflor Natural Reserve is considered one of the richest orchid zones in the world. To get there you take a dirt road, one that can be very rough at times. Below is a photo of the road (one of the better parts) with our diesel powered 4 x 4 parked on the side of the road (photo info: 22mm, 1/200 sec, f/18, ISO 200). Miraflor has three climate zones. The lowest elevation is a tropical oak savanna. The middle zone includes many varieties of orchids, and remnant cloud forest. The higher elevations are where the coffee is grown. There is also a large variety of wildlife, including many species of birds, and even monkeys.

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The road thru Miraflor with our diesel powered 4 x 4 parked on the side of the road.

A pair of oxen pulling a plow thru the rich soil in Miraflor with the morning mist above the trees (photo info: 50mm, 1/160 sec, f/18, ISO 200).

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A pair of oxen used to plow the land in Miraflor.

On our way thru Miraflor we stopped at the Finca Neblina del Bosque. Finca Neblina del Bosque is about 27 kilometers (17 miles) from Esteli. They have rooms, food, drinks, tours and more. This a view from one of their cabanas (photo info: 18mm, 1/125 sec, f/11, ISO 100).

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A view from one of the cabanas at Finca Neblina del Bosque.

The beautiful waterfall below was about 200 meters (219 yards) from the road (photo info: 11mm, 1/14 sec, f/14, ISO 100). We had to pay 10 Cordoba (25 Cordoba = 1 dollar) each to walk down to the waterfall. We also had to tip the little girl that was our tour guide (see additional photos slideshow below for her picture).

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A beautiful waterfall about 200 meters from the road.

We almost left without our bananas from Finca Neblina del Bosque! See photo below (photo info: 135mm, 1/125 sec, f/18, ISO 400). In the past I did not cared much for bananas, but the bananas here taste way better! We stopped again at the Finca Neblina del Bosque on our way back to Esteli from the waterfalls.

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A cowboy rushing our forgotten bananas to us.

A Chicken Bus rushing towards Milaflor (photo info: 70mm, 1/6 sec, f/18, ISO 400). A “Chicken Bus” is what the locals normally use for transportation between towns. The word “chicken” is used because you could see live animals on the buses. The buses are normally old school buses. They have a schedule to keep, so they like to drive them fast!

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A Chicken Bus rushing down the road towards Miraflor.

 

Additional Photos From Miraflor Natural Reserve Nicaragua

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Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post for part 4 of our trip to Nicaragua. Adios!

Stay tuned for Part 5.