Planning Your Time
- Where to Go
- The Best of Nicaragua
- Nicaragua’s Best Surfing
- Hiking Nicaragua’s Ring of Fire
- Nicaraguan Arts & Crafts
- Nicaragua’s Great Green North
- Sportfishing in Nicaragua
- Down the Río San Juan
- Nicaragua’s Celebrations & Fiestas
- Volunteering in Nicaragua
- Diving & Snorkeling in Nicaragua
- Managua’s Revolutionary Driving Tour
If you’ve only got a day and a night, spend them in the city of Estelí, Nicaragua’s capital of tobacco, to sample world-renowned cigars and admire the town’s inspiring collection of murals.
With a second day, the bird-watcher, hiker, and historian should focus on nearby attractions like the Estanzuela waterfall, the lodge and trails at Tisey, or the orchid-rich broadleaf forest reserve of Miraflor.
With a little more leisurely pace however, you can easily spend another day exploring Miraflor. Or spend it getting a feel for the campesino lifestyle by spending a lazy afternoon in any of the small northern towns off the Pan-American—like Condega, La Trinidad, or Pueblo Nuevo—or find yourself in the highland border towns of Ocotal or Somoto.
© Randall Wood & Joshua Berman from Moon Nicaragua, 4th Edition