Somoto Canyon National Monument
: Monumento Nacional Cañón de Somoto) is a canyon
located in the Madriz Department
. The Somoto Canyon National Monument protected area covers an area of approximately 170 hectares (420 acres),
of which 125 hectares (310 acres) are in the actual zone of the canyon.
The Somoto Canyon had not been explored systematically until a group of scientists from the Czech Republic
and Nicaragua (INETER) "discovered" the canyon in 2004.
The canyon is believed to have formed 5 to 13 million years ago during the Miocene period
After its discovery in 2004, the Somoto Canyon has been developing into a tourist attraction, further helping the growth of tourism in Nicaragua
However, this has also had a negative effect with incidents such as graffiti
being written on the walls of the Canyon since its discovery. MARENA
and INETER send technicians to clean and repair the vandalism