Welcome to Estelí
A Sandinista stronghold, a university town, a market center for the thousands of farmers that populate its surrounding hills: Estelí has a multifaceted soul. On weekdays you can wake up with sunrise yoga before Spanish class; on Saturday you can mingle with farmers at the massive produce market, then see them again at midnight, dancing like mad in a ranchero bar. And we haven’t even mentioned the world-class cigars... Read More
Top experiences in Estelí
5-Day Rural Communities and Nature: El Chile, Bosawas, Estelí and Somoto Canyon from León
Day 16.30a.m: Leaving from León to El Chile indigenous community (Matagalpa). Here you will visit "Telares de Nicaragua", traditional looms managed by El Chile women cooperative, which makes bags, wallets and different kind of fabrics by hand and following the fair trade ethics.After this visit, you will have a walk around the community up to El Chile ill and its top. This walk is an easy level and will take us 1.5-hour approximately. You will likely find sloths or monkeys.1p.m: Typical lunch in one of women cooperative member's house. 3p.m: Leaving from El Chile to Bosawas Reserve and arrival around 5pm. Once here, you will be welcomed to the Nature Interpretation Center (CEN) where local guides and people will explain you the importance of this forest and its great biodiversity and will present their work to protect it against deforestation. 6 p.m: Rest and dinner. Day 2-3Trekking the Reserve: you can choose among 5 paths of different levels and duration. You can also do rappelling; bird watching and above all enjoy the great fauna and flora bio-diversity.Day 47a.m: Leaving from Bosawas to Estelí and arrival at 1p.m. After lunch you will visit a tabacco industry where you will learn everything about cigars. Night in Estelí at Los Arcos hotel.Day 57a.m: Leaving from Estelí and arrival at Somoto Canyon at around 9:30am. You will spend all the daylong having fun, doing the following activities: Walk along the first part of the river; short trip with a paddle boat up to the entry of the canyon; going through the canyon using track tire as floating device and having a refresh bath in one of the natural pools, listening to the legends and adventures of the canyon told by local guides.If you want to do a longer trekking in order to discover all the canyon it will take approximately 6-hour trekking. This activity has an extra cost.3:30pm: Leaving from Somoto Canyon to León and arrival around 6:30pm.
Cigar Lovers Tour from Managua
In this 6-hour tour you’ll witness the actual process of cigar production from tobacco leaves up to the wrapping of cigars. For those nature lovers, Esteli also has a series of beautiful natural reserves to visit. The tour starts at 8am with pick up from your hotel in Managua. You will be transported to Esteli on an air conditioned vehicle, and take a tour of the cigar factory. You will be accompanied by a bilingual tour guide and will have a break to enjoy a traditional Nicaraguan lunch before returning to Managua.