Frogs and More in the Mountains of Nica
Unless you rent a car, arriving at La Sombra Ecolodge way up in the mountains of Matagalpa requires a couple of rides in packed chicken buses followed by 45 minutes in a bouncy cab along a semi-paved road. But just look at this little, green guy - he alone made the trip worthwhile! In addition to the ranario ("froggery") where you can see these green tree frogs, they have a butterfly observatory, and coffee groves where we saw several varieties of toucans and parrots on an early morning birding walk. The lodge is comfortable and the food is delicious. And if you are a coffee geek like me, it's also a great place to learn about coffee (and drink it too, of course). The staff is more than happy to give you a tour of the coffee groves and processing facilities.
By Leah Madsen
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