Selva Negra Lodge
Selva Negra Lodge is a working coffee estate in Northern Nicaragua welcoming visitors with a range of outdoor activities.
Selva Negra Lodge has a rich history and its owners, fifth generation German coffee producers, are still very much part of it.
The lodge blends perfectly into its natural surroundings as each room is protected and insulated by a bed of tropical cloud forest. The smart timber bungalows and chalets have polished wood interiors while the restaurant sits beside a tree-shaded lake and is popular with day-trippers and families alike.
Selva Negra is still a thriving coffee estate and what with its protected reserve full of walking trails is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area on foot or horseback. A working farm produces much of what is eaten at the lodge and a cheese factory produces first class Gouda and Manchego.
An unusual touch: there's a wooden fairy-tale chapel which was built for a family wedding.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Most memorable experiences: “Nicaragua as a whole including Ometepe island and Granada. Bocas del Toro”MT, Birmingham
'"Overall we had an absolutely fabulous time and would recommend anyone to visit Nicaragua and visit using JLA - we felt it was a great mix of culture and wildlife and relaxation. Thank you!”OW, Arsenal
"This was our first experience of Central America and the itinerary was spot on for us. Every place we visited held some considerable interest making it probably the best holiday for a very long time...When mentioning Nicaragua to friends and family here in the UK, every time the reaction was ' why go there'? A perception that it is dangerous and still in revolution appears to exist. Nothing could be further from reality we felt. Leon is probably still living and relying on the revolution to tell its stories to tourists but everywhere we found friendly people and that made the experience fantastic. We met some really interesting travelers from other parts of Latin America and already made good new friends. We will visit again."DRF, Stafford
Highlights: Various boat trips, Matagalpa market, additional visits to Granada prison and political cemetery, Boca del MarJS, Winscombe
“El Castillo is remote and absolutely rewarding . Our guides took us kayaking and made us a picnic from local produce and treated us like family. Owners of Victoria Hotel are fantastic. Many people never make it to El Castillo and it is so worth it ---no tourists”SF, Reading
"All.... the people are wonderful..and all are so keen to promote their country, which is in it's infancy of tourism. I told them that I would happily be an ambassador for their country!"PM, Cambridge
Local cultures were well recognised and customs observed, especially on Ometepe where the local population were trying to maintain a traditional lifestyle while moving into the21st century.AK, Wantage
Overall we had an absolutely fabulous time and would recommend anyone to visit Nicaragua and visit using JLA - we felt it was a great mix of culture and wildlife and relaxation. Thank you!” (OW ArsenalOW, Arsenal
El Castillo - wonderful setting on river - arriving by boat (even though it broke down and we had to Be rescued by public boat for last part of journey. Loved the accommodation and jungle walk.NJ, Pinner
Most memorable aspect: “Many. I liked the arrangement which was a good mix of independent trip and organised travel, I was able to make more out of it than in a group travel because I was able to ask the questions of my own interest about the country and felt it was a trip tailored to my interests but making most of the time I had available.”AV, Brockwell
“Great trip, very varied and not yet catering to the masses. Beauty everywhere, lots of wildlife to be seen and very welcoming people. Would go back in a heartbeat.”JK, Polegate
Highlights? Solentiname Islands for their remoteness and bird life. Masaya volcano for the bubbling lava.CY, Wirral
Highlights: “Sunset at Totoco - closely followed by composting toilet (also Totoco) - actually possible to enjoy both at the same time.”CN, Ruislip
Most Memorable Moment?: Seeing into the crater of Volcan Masaya at night. The red fire was like staring into the gates of hell. Absolutely amazing sightIM, Andover
Highlights?: Gondoleering up the Bartola river; jungle treks in Indio Maiz Reserve; Staring at the mists rising above the rio San Juan at dawn; gazing down at the liquid lava in Masaya crater.Drinking coco loco cocktails at villa paraiso overlooking lake nicaragua on isla omatepe.RD, Chippenham
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Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
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