Adventures in Macizo de Peñas Blancas and Somoto!

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This semester we had two awesome trips with our ISEP and LNU exchange students and UAM students.

To celebrate Earth Week in April, UAM College organized a weekend filled with adventures and talks about the environment in Macizo de Peñas Blancas, Bosawas. For one weekend, we stayed at the Centro de Entendimiento con la Naturalez (CEN), learning about their work and hiking in the area. CEN is a research and workshop center in Peñas Blancas, working alongside local communities in subjects such as preservation of the environment, water conservation, leadership in rural organizations and indigenous communities, and reforesting the area.

 

Cascada Blanca, Matagalpa
Cabin at CEN, Macizo de Peñas Blancas

 

 

Made it to the top of the Macizo!
A sunset in this place… breathtaking!

 

Next day’s hike was to Cascada Arcoíris

 

Cañon de Somoto

For the last overnight trip, we decided to head to Cañón de Somoto for a weekend adventure. Somoto is in the department of Madriz, very close to the Honduran border, and is home to the best rosquillas in Nicaragua.

Camping site at Quinta San Raphael 

 

The team about to enter the canyon!

 

The canyon is about 20 minutes from the town and excursions usually consist of swimming and walking through the entire canyon, canoeing and rappelling down a cliff.

Quick break! Photo by Malin Pripp 
Starting the hike. Photo by Malin Pripp

 

Swimming through the canyon. Photo by Elise Levesque

 

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