The most beautiful and lovoely farm I have stayed in whole Central america. The farm is owned by a young and simpatic Nicaraguan/German couple how made a big effort to build beautiful bamboo cabins sourrounded by a big flower garden just on the top of a mountain range.All the vegetables and herbs come directly from the garden! There is a opan air...more
The Esteli Cigar Factory is a real eye-opener. It was a very interesting experience to learn about production from the harvesting to the rolling. I had no idea there were so many different kinds of cigars. This is not a tour I would have thought of on my own but my Spanish class went there. You should be able to do it on your own.more
CECALI: Don't miss this extraordinary place. The massage is great (and at an extremely reasonable price) but you can also have other therapies as well. In fact, take the time to do them all, and then come back the next day for more. It can get addictive. This is the first place I'm coming to when I return, right after I have my yoghurt and coffee...more
You might not expect to get delicious whole wheat bread, yoghurt and yummy juice drinks in northwestern Nicaragua, but this is the place. Pick up some herbs and ornamental plants, as well, or just hang out in the gardens. A great place, just outside of town. Any taxi driver will know it. One tip: if you can't find a taxi back, just walk down the...more
I was fortunate enough to have my Spanish teacher guide me through the dry river bed that runs through Esteli. First she showed me where the old river had been, and then the massive gorge that was carved out by the monstrous waters of Hurricane Mitch. Just go down to the river area and start walking. Imagine that this was once roads and houses, all...more
I took microbus from Granada to Managua and paid little less than $1. From the bus station in Managua I had to take a taxi to the station where buses to Estelí leave and had the usual fight with the taxi drivers. I try to be understanding, because they need to get their money for living, but I hate it when three drivers pull (literally) me towards to their taxi. I don't like people I don't know touch me anyway. I chose a taxi driver who wasn't pushy though I think that I paid too much, about $4. Yellow bus to Estelí cost $2. It stopped in the market terminal from where I took a taxi to the centre of the city and it cost only $0,36.
When the bus stopped in some small town a man wanted me to take a photo of him, but when I did he covered his face with the bag full of oranges. I am shy taking photos of local people and this way had a chance to have some of them.
It is a very worthwhile experience to see what a group of women have done to build a life for their families while pursuing such a highly skilled, beautiful craft. Try to buy as much as you can to take home; you won't regret. And the women will welcome you in, proud as they are to show their work. You continue on with the bus past Condega on the...more
Just a ways out of town you will come across a plane of Somoza's that had been shot down during the revolution. It has been carefully restored and is now a monument to the anti-Somoza struggle. The day I was there it was watched over lovingly by a man who I assume is the regular caretaker, an interesting character who remembers the whole history of...more