Estelí–Jinotega Road attractions

Church in San Rafael del Norte

Templo Parroquial de San Rafael Arcángel

Beginning in 1955, the revered Father Odorico D’Andrea turned this antiquated cathedral into a labor of divine love. It’s impeccably restored, with a soaring interior flooded with light streaming through stained-gla…
Church in San Rafael del Norte

Santuario Cerro Tepeyac

Climb the steep staircase that disappears into the trees at the northern end of town to find the final resting place of Father Odorico D'Andrea, set at this hillside church modeled after the Shrine of the Virgin of …
Historic Building in San Rafael del Norte

Casa de Cultura Blanca Aráuz

This crumbling colonial-style building was the former home of local girl Blanca Aráuz, who went on to become Mrs Augusto César Sandino, wife of Nicaragua's independence hero. It was here on May 18, 1927 that the gen…