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Fiesta de San Sebastián

The most remarkable of the fiestas patronales (saints days) celebrated in the Pueblos Blancos, this week-long folklore celebration blends pagan and Catholic elements with exuberant costumes and dance. Look out for t…
Religious in Carazo

Fiesta de Toro Guaco

Carazo’s four major towns celebrate this interesting, ancient ritual. La Concepción brings out her patron saint, the Black Virgin of Montserrat, to meet Santiago, patron of Jinotepe, the old Nicarao capital; San Seb…
Nature Centre in Diriamba

Gaia Estate

Birdwatching and coffee tours are conveniently rolled into one at Gaia Estate, a lush, 90-acre organic coffee farm. Over 150 species of birds live here, and forested trails lead past 60 species of trees. From Diriam…
International in Jinotepe

MamaYamna El Chante

MamaYamna defies pigeon-holing. But if you imagine an art gallery with a wall-high psychedelic mural of Che Guevara, a gangsta Marilyn Monroe wearing a bandanna, framed photos of Gandhi, jazz and funk playing in the…
Pizza in Jinotepe

Pizzeria Colisseo

The locals call the authentic brick-oven-baked pizza here the best in Nicaragua: the owner's originally from Rome and has been serving them for a quarter of a century. It also serves beer and wine, and doubles as an…
Nature Reserve in Reserva Ecólogica La Maquina

Reserva Ecológica La Maquina

Take a dip in the pools beneath spectacular waterfalls at this lovely nature reserve, then explore the short hiking trails that traverse the 154-hectare property – mainly primary dry tropical forest with a few bonus…
Museum in Diriamba

Museo Ecológico Trópico Seco

Nicaragua’s first natural history museum (sort of) offers informative, if low-budget, displays that focus primarily on the ecosystem of the Río Grande de Corazo and turtles of the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Río Escal…
Cafe in Jinotepe

Cafe Paris

Half a block southwest of the main square, this Parisian-inspired cafe specializes in coffee drinks and freshly baked pastries. Breakfast and light meals also served.
Area in La Boquita

Centro Turistico La Boquita

This waterfront complex offers amenities for beachgoers, from bars and restaurants to public restrooms. Just follow the only road west to the end.
International in Jinotepe

Buen Provecho

A block and a half north of Parque Central's northwest corner, this basic place serves up typical Nica dishes.