Somoto trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Somoto is a city and municipality located in the hills of northern Nicaragua, and capital of the department of Madriz. It is around 20 km (12 miles) south-west of Ocotal and 51 km (32 miles) north-west of Estelí. It sits on the Pan-American Highway around 16 km (10 miles) from the Honduran border crossing at El Espino.Founded in pre-Hispanic times by Olmec and Aztec immigrants from modern Mexico, Somoto is the economic and cultural heart of Madriz. It has also become a growing tourist centre since the discovery of Somoto Canyon, located 13 km (8 miles) west of the city. Somoto has a total population of approximately 40,000, with 15,000 people living in the urban area and 25,000 in 48 nearby communities.It is known as La Flor de Henequén (the Flower of Henequen) as a result of the cultivation of this crop in the city's environs. It is also renowned for its production of rosquillas somoteñas, crispy corn biscuits with a variety of flavours.HistorySomoto was settled by Olmec and Aztec peoples from Mexico, and subsequently inhabited by Chorotegas and Nicaraguas. The name Somoto originates from the Nahuatl Tépecxomotl, meaning 'Valley of Geese', while Spanish royal decrees of 1591 give the city's name as Santiago de Tepesomoto. Although the city is now universally known as Somoto, the name Tepesomoto is retained by the volcano overlooking the city to the south and its surrounding Tepesomoto-La Patasta Nature Reserve.Explore the family-friendly attractions of Somoto and add them to your vacation plans using our Nicaragua family vacation planner.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Somoto
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top tours for Somoto
Best things to do in Somoto and nearby
Visit for: 4h
Reserva Natural Miraflor
Visit for: 2h 30min
Visit for: 2h 30min
Visit for: 3h
Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos
Visit for: 30min
Visit for: 1h 30min
Where to stay in Somoto
Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
Millions of travel reviews
Extend your holiday
Visit top cities near Somoto:
Recently planned trips to Somoto
17 days in Nicaragua BY A USER FROM CANADA April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 47 days in Central America BY A USER FROM POLAND December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Nicaragua BY A USER FROM NORWAY January, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 22 days in Nicaragua BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS December, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Nicaragua BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans