The Somoto Canyon is one of oldest rock formations in Central America. Recently it has been "re-discovered" as one of the main attractions of Northern Nicaragua due to its tourist potential. It is an entirely impressive site and worth a visit.

Fifteen minutes West from the city of Somoto, visitors will find this amazing geological formation that the locals call "the structure" or "Namancambre". The vertical walls, which have an approximate width of between 20-45 feet, extend for approximately five miles on a windy path. The waters from the Comali River (from Honduras) and Tapacali River join to form the Coco River. At the canyon bottom, the river is interrupted by rocky formations that have created a number of small ponds filled with various flora and fauna.

The walls of the canyon have a height of between 120 and 150 meters. According to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER), these cliffs a result of a combination of a existing geological formation and erosion. It is estimated that the existing canyon was formed over a period of approximately 10 million years. In December 2004, this area was declared a protected area and a National Monument.

Various activities are available at the canyon. Hiking, boating and rafting are all popular activities. One of the most popular activities is to float down (raft) the river in an inner tube. Inner tubes can be rented for a few dollars. For the less adventurous, boats are available to take you on a short river journey. Some local guides also offer horseback rides.

It is at least a 6 hour drive to the Somoto Canyon from San Juan del Sur. To properly enjoy a visit to the Somoto Canyon, plan on 2 days of travel and one day at the Canyon.