Esteli, Nicaragua



Estelí Nicaragua

Estelí Department

Located in the north of the country, it has as its head of the department of La Ciudad de Estelí, an important economic and development center of the country.

Municipalities of Estelí

The other municipalities of this department are; Condega, La Trinidad, Pueblo Nuevo, San Juan de Limay and San Nicolás de Oriente.

Esteli Tourism

The department of Estelí has much to offer its visitors. Fresh zone and important production of coffee, tobacco and vegetables, has been developed in the last decades tourist offers that offer the possibility to know up close and from inside the process of production of these different rubles, as well as their transformation and commercialization. So much so that there are the Coffee Route and the Tobacco Route.

If you have the opportunity, do not hesitate to visit the coffee farms open to tourism, where you will see first hand the most important crop of the country and enjoy the pure nature and hospitality of Nicaraguans, and of course a cup of the best coffee in the country.

Crafts of Estelí

The hands of the artisans and artisans of the department make creations that have gained national and international recognition. In the City of Estelí you will find authentic works of art in the different workshops of saddlery. In La Trinidad you can observe closely how the hammocks of a thousand colors weave with the most elaborate designs.In the municipality of San Juan de Limay you will know how the traditional techniques of drawing figures made with the stone marmolina have been preserved. In the municipality of Condega you can buy one of the most original handicrafts from all over the country made from wood or visit the ceramics workshops of the community of Ducuale Grande. And if art is concerned, you can not miss The Stone Gallery of Jalacate, you will undoubtedly be surprised and the Corridor of Las Gordas.

In the department of Estelí, specifically in the municipality of Pueblo Nuevo, is the paleontological site of El Bosque. Here are fossils that date between 20,000 and 30,000 years old. There was also evidence of the existence of human life of 13,000 years old, being thus one of the oldest of Central America.

In the department of Estelí there are 55 places with archaeological vestiges, there is no municipality that does not have a place to visit to know the life of the first settlers of the region. Among them, the municipality of Condega was declared an Archaeological Municipality because of the large number of places where findings were made.

And if it is by nature, this department is not far behind. In its territory we find several nature reserves and an ecological park.

Natural Reserves in Estelí Nicaragua

The Tisey-La Estanzuela Nature Reserve, in the town of Estelí, with the well known Salto de la Estanzuela, its trails and caves and the possibility of tasting authentic sheep and goat's cheese in Garnacha.

The Natural Reserve Miraflor-Moropotente, with a number of viewpoints, pools and spectacular waterfalls. Not forgetting its lagoon, its agro-tourist farms and its ecological stays.

The Quiabuc-Las Brisas Natural Reserve, with its panoramic views from Las Filas hill or its refreshing waters below the Salto La Golondrina.

The Tomabú Nature Reserve in the municipalities of the city of Estelí and La Trinidad.

La Patasta-Tepesomoto Natural Reserve, which extends through the department of Madriz and invites us to know their agroecological properties and delight us with their coffee of recognized quality.

In the municipality of Condega you can visit El Canta Gallo Ecological Park, take a boat ride in the Laguna de Venecia, go trekking or a horseback ride.

In each of these protected natural areas you can enjoy the many animal species that inhabit the area, as well as the richness of its flora.

The city of Estelí

The city of Estelí, popularly known as "The Diamond of the Segovias", is located 146 kilometers from the capital Managua, and is a must visit when passing through the northern part of Nicaragua.

In Estelí you can find everything you need, because it is a city of 220,000 inhabitants and the second in economic importance at national level, after the capital.

Hotels in Estelí

Estelí is more than ready to receive its visitors and offer a wide variety of services for all tastes, pockets and requirements: Hotels, lodgings and hostels are always in order to cater to visitors.

Estelí offers a great variety of tourist attractions, some marked by different episodes of history, the pre-Columbian era and the time of the Sandinista Revolution; Others marked by religion, and others by their traditions and crafts. Without leaving us the natural attractions that the region offers with authentic treasures, some very widespread and others, which have remained practically unknown and silent.

History of Estelí

In the sixteenth century the territory of the present city of Estelí was inhabited by the sumos, the matagalpas, the nahuals and the chorotegas, evidence of the existence of these populations is preserved today in the archaeological sites of Las Pintadas and La Joya where Are several petroglyphs from pre-Columbian times.

Of the colonial time very little or nothing is left, due to the bombings to which the city was submitted in the years 1978 and 1979.

In the urban center we find the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, also known as the White Cathedral. In neoclassical and modern style his last reconstruction was in 1990. Inside we can observe some of his images and sculptures that come from different parts of the world.

History of the revolution in Estelí:

This department also reveals other episodes of Nicaraguan history, such as the era of the General of Free Men, Augusto César Sandino, who freed students from their battles in this region. As well as the most recent episode of the Sandinista revolution, being The City of Estelí, known as the city three times heroic.

Places of Interest in Estelí

The Museum of Archeology and History Doctor Alejandro Bolaños Dávila, is located next to the Municipal Library, Plaza Domingo Gadea. The museum offers a variety of attractions, from petroglyphs and remains of pre-Columbian archaeological remains, to an exhibition of photographs referring to the history of the city in various stages, as well as an important collection of coins and banknotes.

Estelí, the three times heroic city, is undoubtedly marked by its more recent history. Contiguous to the House of Culture we find the Galeríade Heroes and Martyrs, where we can know, through his photographic exhibition and writings of the same protagonists, among others, the Sandinista Revolution.

We can also visit the home of "Zorro", Francisco Rivera, prominent leader of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, as well as the birthplace of Colonel Leonel Rugama, the guerrilla poet.

Since the triumph of the Revolution in 1979, in the city of Estelí, murals began to be built on the walls and walls of its streets with themes alluding to liberation, revolution, and literacy ... Today, Estelí, "La City of the murals ", counts on more than 150 murals distributed by all the city. Over the years the themes have been adapted to the new realities, today we find murals allusive to the rights of children or women, as well as the protection of the environment. On May 27, 2005, the city of Estelí obtained the Guinnes Record for the elaboration of the longest mural in the world made with chalk.

Handicrafts in Estelí

If it is a handicraft, in the city of Estelí, there are many handicraft workshops for saddlery, most of them located in the Alfredo Lazo market. There you can find authentic works of art made from leather, from boots or girdles to hats to the authentic northern style.

Tobacco in Estelí

Estelí has ​​gained in the last decades another recognition, being the national center of the tobacco. In Estelí not only the tobacco plant is cultivated but also the raw material is transformed offering to the national market, but above all international pure of recognized quality. Of the 25 best cigars in the world, 13 are elaborated in Estelí, and of The top 10, the tobacco produced here occupy the top 7, according to data from the magazine Cigars Aficionado.Los fields around the city are flooded by endless extensions of tobacco plantations. Estelí always stays green.

The production and processing of tobacco has become the main economic engine of the city, with all tobacco processes working directly and indirectly about 30,000 families. There are in the city more than 35 tobacco companies, which are engaged in the manufacture of cigars. But this ruble offers in recent years a new tourist attraction. It is possible to visit the tobacco companies and to be able to know up close the whole process of processing the cigar. The Tobacco Route has been set up and since 2012 the "Tobacco Festival" has been held in January.

Customs and Traditions of Estelí:


The patron saint festivities of the city of Estelí are on October 7 in honor of the Virgin of the Rosary. Also noteworthy are the celebration of the Virgin of Carmen on July 16. This date is also a celebration for the city since it commemorates the anniversary of the Liberation of the Somocista Dictatorship of the City of Estelí.

Typical food of Estelí

Estelí offers northern food to all who visit. Eat delicious Nacatamales, roasts, beans with tortillas, cheese, curds ... at cheap prices is common among all your visitors. If you still do not know the best restaurants in Estelí, do not miss the selection we have for you.

Telephone numbers of interest

  • Mayor`s Office: 271-325-85
  • Red Cross: 271-323-30
  • Hospital: 271-363-06
  • National Police: 271-326-15
  • Firefighters: 271-324-13


Estelí is 146 km north of Managua. At Km 105, from the junction of Sébaco, follow the Panamericana highway north. Before arriving in Estelí, turning left you will reach the area of Tisey and La Garnacha. -Duly indicated-

Following the Panamericana one arrives to Condega and later it is the union that leads to Pueblo Nuevo, turning to the left. Before Condega, by a secondary road, to the right, you reach the area of Miraflor.- It is properly indicated-

It is possible to arrive to Estelí from Honduras, passing through the border posts of El Espino or Las Manos, following the Pan-American Highway 70 kilometers south to Managua.

Buses to Estelí from Managua:

From El Mayoreo terminal, buses leave for Estelí. You can check the bus schedules. You are also served by all who go to Somoto, Ocotal and Jalapa.

External Links: Wikipedia

Map of Estelí