Personalized Miraflor Tours

It can be a little overwhelming to look at all the possibilities in Miraflor. With over 15 homestay families, 8 separate communities, 3 different climate zones, and limitless wildlife; it’s easy to spend days trying to see it all! To help give you an idea of what’s possible we’ve put together a few ‘model tours’ to help you out in planning your own Miraflor adventure.

Before looking through this, please take a moment to read the Planning for Miraflor page where we have shared some information on the different zones and aspects of Miraflor. A few more things to note are as follow:

  • The majority of the guides live in Miraflor, and will meet you there
  • Guides work on a per-day fee. Tips are welcome if you’ve been happy with their work!
    • $20 per group of 2-3, $15 for only 1 person(+$5 for English speaking guide) Additional guests are $5 per person.
    • Specialist guides are available, all with prior notice, for bird watching tours, botanical tours and coffee tasting tours.
    • Special tours are available of natural medicine plants or organic gardens by the specialist hosts @$8 per tour, for 1-2 people.
    • There are several bus routes, but limited bus times. Two our of three bus routes leave Esteli for Miraflor early morning, then turn around to come back. They return to Miraflor in the afternoon and back again.
  • Due to the bus schedule, tours typically leave in the early morning and return in the afternoon to maximize time in Miraflor

Trip #1 – 2 days / 1 night

Arriving in Miraflor nice and early, you can start your day with breakfast at your local homestay family followed by several hours of hiking or riding with your assigned guide. Lunch is after midday and you can continue hiking or take some rest and relaxation. Finish the day by hanging out with the family and a great home-cooked dinner before turning in for the night. An early rise the next day will give you time for breakfast and more amazing hiking. Enjoy lunch with a homestay family, then head to the bus stop to get back to Esteli late that afternoon.

*Like Horseback Riding? No problem, just swap a day of hiking for a guided horse tour.

Trip #2 – ONE DAY TOUR

Only have time for a day tour? That’s ok, with TreeHuggers we can arrange for you to have a great day of hiking and community tourism.

We’ll help you arrange a trip to whichever zone you want. Generally, you’d arrive on the early morning bus to Miraflor, be met by your local host then have breakfast with a local family. A hiking or horse-riding tour would let you see some of the spectacular sights available in Miraflor. Your unique day would include breakfast and lunch at a homestay families and then return to Esteli on bus in mid-late afternoon.

Trip #3 – 3 days /  2-3 nights

Looking to see ALL areas of Miraflor? That’s no problem. We can help arrange a tour that would let you hike through all three of the diverse zones of Miraflor and visit several different homestay families. In this trip you would spend a day  hiking and exploring, and also have the chance to stay at with different local families. If you’re looking for some adventure then this might be a great option for you!

We hope this can help you in seeing all of what is possible in a Miraflor trip! We’re happy to work with you to design your perfect trip, all you need to do is come into our tourism office and talk to one of our experienced guides to help you out. Tours can be booked on-line through our contact page, or through our tourism office (located opposite corner to Cafe Luz & Luna International Hostel) which is open every day from 8am to 8pm. All tours must be finalized and paid for at the tourism office the day beforehand.

Massage & Natural Medicine

Esteli is a hub of natural medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture and botanical outlets. Primarily at Isnaya laboratory, amking teas, and herbal products that are proven to improve chronic complaints. Also there is Cecalli, another research resource offering outreach into the community and herbal products sold retail locally.

TreeHuggers can recommend local massage therapists, for men and women, with some discounts offered. Most are therapeutic, one chiropractor, no Thai style massage but incredibly well priced, max $25 per hour! SO much cheaper than San Juan del Sur.

TreeHuggers also recommends two homestay families in Miraflor, and one in Tisey, who have trained and offer a tour of their gardens and teas or rubs (pomada). Price is only $8 per person, for their tour of up to 2 hours, offering expert advice, in Spanish, to support your interest or need.

Trpoical Botanical plants are in abundance here in Miraflor and Tisey. We can also offer a specialist guide who offers botanical expertise in the countryside, and speaks English. Please reserve with anticipation for our Botanical Guide.

Bike Rentals

TreeHuggers is Renting Bikes!

Stop by the tour office to rent one of our bicycles so you can cruise around town, ride out to some hidden local attractions, or go see the murals of the city at your own pace!

C$120 per day (Bicycle Only)

C$150 per day (Bicycle + Local Route Map)

Bike rentals are per day, you can stop by to grab your bike any time that the office is open from 8am to 8pm. Please bring a copy of your passport with you.

Miraflor Reserve

Miraflor is an extremely diverse natural reserve that is home to a virgin cloud forest, mountains and fertile farming land that sustain about 6,000 people across 50 small communities.

With stunning views, waterfalls, excellent hiking, horse riding trails, birdwatching and organic coffee farming, it is easy to spend at least a few days exploring Miraflor.

We offer tailored guided tours, horseback riding and home stays with local families from eight participating communities. No matter what experience you’re looking for, we can help you find it.

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Hiking Tours are from US$15 per day (Groups of 1-3)*

We work directly with home owners and guides in Miraflor Nature Reserve and can help tailor your trip to your specific needs.

Horse Riding Tours – $10 per person plus guide**

Private land owners may charge between C$10-25 (up to US$1) for some hiking routes across private land.

Home Stays US$20 per night, Includes 3 Meals
The best way to experience Miraflor! You can learn about the life and culture of these rural communities, organic farming methods, community development projects, herbal medicines, the war and struggle for Nicaraguan independence, how they have recovered from hurricane disasters, and much more (just to name a few things).

Other accommodation

Cabins cost US$24 and includes 3 meals
Private enterprises start at US$30


*Tours of more than 3 persons charge an extra $5 per person. English speaking guides also charge an extra $5 fee for their services.

**Horse tours are a great option to see Miraflor. The price of a horse tour is $10 per person plus the guides fee ($15) plus the guides horse ($10). For example, a horse tour for 2 persons would cost $45 ($10 per person + $15 for the guide + $10 for the guides horse)


Cafe and Hostel

We work closely with Cafe Luza friendly, stylish and relaxed place to enjoy healthy food (Nica and international) sourced from local gardens and coffee growers and staffed by a team of Esteli locals. Together with Cafe Luz and Luna International Hostel, we are driving forward a new movement of socially and environmentally responsible tourism.


The Cafe and Hostel are informational hubs to help learn your way around Esteli. Besides being a unique social enterprise, the Cafe Luz and Luna International Hostel are some of the most social places in town!

  • Free wireless internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Open every day 7am-10pm
  • Conveniently located opposite Hostel Luna and TreeHuggers Tourism Office
  • Lounge atmosphere with sofas, chilled music and healthy, delicious food from Nicaragua & more
  • Interested in meeting some friendly locals and practicing your Spanish? Well Cafe Luz is a buzzing bar and restaurant full of locals and travelers all day long
  • Funds community development projects, many donations to local initiatives and is an excellent model of local employment with the fairest of working conditions