Cristina does an absolutely fantastic job with your feet and hands. I've had mine done in Finland too but it was never half as good. I highly recommend Christina's services. She can either attend you at her home (de telecable 1/2 cuadra al este, 10 varas al N. Esteli) or you can phone her on her mobile and ask her to come around your place tel: 08317605.
What to pay: 110 córdobas (1 dollar = 15 córdobas)
Estelí is the cigar capital of Nicaragua. If you have time, you can have the cigar box made with the picture you like and the cigars wrapped in the same design!
What to pay: 10$ for a box of cigars, 45$ for a huge box of cigars with your own design.
Pedro has been able to extend his business thanks to the generousity of NGO money. His workshop employes around 40 people at the moment and you can buy lovely walking sticks (10$), jewellery boxes, wooden cars (5-8$) etc. in there
What to pay: 5-10$
San Juan's fame in ceramics is an old one and the local clay has been used to make hand-shaped pottery for at least 1000 years.
The ceramics sold in the village are real pieces of art. Not just any ceramics you can buy elsewhere in Nicaragua. Don't miss your chance to shop there because you ain't gonna find it elsewhere.
What to buy: Ceramics
What to pay: 5-40$
Fundación Casa de los Tres Mundos is like a culture institution where they have photo exhibitions etc. It is worth a visit even just to see the lovely building. At the very end of the "labyrinth" you can find young artists' workshop. You can also buy their work, which is very professional. These guys have studied abroad as well.
What to buy: Paintings
What to pay: Depends very much on the painting.
If you see a hammock anywhere in Nicaragua, chances are, it originates from Masaya. Everytime I asked about someone where they purchased their beautiful hammock, the answer was always the same. Masaya. Masaya. Masaya!
Although we didn't have a chance to visit, there are many "fábricas de hamacas" on the southwest edge of town accross from the old hospital.
Many different styles, sizing and quality are available.
What to pay: A nice one person hammock will set you back $10-25 USD (fits nicely in a small pack) and $50+ for the "Hamaca Grande" which you can fit a small family and dog on but will require considerable effort to lug around while you continue with your travels.
Mercado Roberto Huembes is also known as Mercado Central. This is a huge market where you can find a lot of different things. In the huge hall you have a lot of stalls selling fruits and vegetables. In another part you can by meat, and in another one bread.
What to buy: You might not find any hotdogs at a Nicaraguan baseball stadium, but you might find rum sold by the shot. Play ball!
What to buy: Nicaragua’s Flor de Caña rum is frequently hailed as the best liquor produced in Central America, but the cheaper (in price and in quality) Ron Plata has the more attention-grabbing advertising.
shop at the Local Mercado , it is less expensive than other places..
What to buy: hand crafted suvenirs, lots to choose from.
What to pay: cordobas or Dollar ok
Outside the big food market there are a lot of other things for sale. There is a large part that sells Nicaraguan souveniers.
At Roberto Huembes there is also a busstation.
It is a big market with all kinds of craft: shoes, jewelry, women's clothes, anything that you can think of.......
What to buy: Leather goods!
What to pay: Prices vary, bargain around!
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Good for: Couples
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Good for: Business
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