this is a fascinating post no doubt…we are testing a blog post to Facebook tool, so we will see if this works. Farmstay El Porton Verde is technically located in the city of Managua, but we are on the border of Ticuantepe, and our view is mostly towards that small town. We have a special back way to get to Ticuantepe if the highway, Carretera a Masaya, is blocked (like it was yesterday for El Repligue). We do some of our shopping there; we go to a meat market there and also take our puppy Lady Gigi to a veterinarian located in in Ticuantepe. It is nice to be able to get some errands done and not have to go to Managua.
The following is from Wikipedia:
Ticuantepe comes from the Nahuatl language of the first inhabitants of Nicaragua. Ticuane, which means fierce or tiger, and tepeh, which means hill, are combined to make Ticuantepe (“Hill of the Fierce”).
Ticuantepe has the largest underground aquifer in the nation and is the largest supplier of pineapples to all of Nicaragua. Ticuantepe has an estimated population of 34,000, 37% of which live in urban zones and 63% in rural zones. The town has a nice “pueblo” feel to it. It is one of the safer areas of Nicaragua and is located just 20 minutes from downtown Managua. There is easy transportation to and from Ticuantepe to most of Nicaragua by bus, microbus and moto-taxi.
Flora and fauna
Located in Ticuantepe is Chocoyero Nature Reserve, which is the smallest protected area in Nicaragua at just 455 acres (1.84 km2). Chocoyero is a tropical rainforest and is abundant in water. It is home to two waterfalls, El Brujo and Chocoyero, named after the Pacific Parakeets that make the walls of the cliff their home, they are locally known as Chocoyos.
Chocoyero Nature Reserve is regarded as an important tourist attraction. Each year an estimated 10,000 people visit the reserve. There are wild howler monkeys as well as a vast array of flora and fauna and two waterfalls. It is a two-hour hike around the reserve and most people travel in and out of the reserve by moto-taxi. It is about 7 kilometers off of the main road. There are a handful of clean hotels and nice restaurants. The main hotels are Viva Guesthouse and The Chocoyo and both have pools and are secure. The restaurant Las Pitahayas is well-known throughout most of Nicaragua and is located in Ticuantepe.