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Pop 36,500, 114 km from Managua. Founded August 23, 1858, this cowboy town, the second largest in the region after Boaco, is best known for its crafts made from pita, a leafy plant originating in Mexico. In Nicaragua it is mostly grown in the Masigue area north of Camoapa. Descendents of the indigenous community once ruled by the cacique Taisiwa continue to pass down artisan skills necessary to produce pita hats, ornaments and other items that make great souvenirs. Some of these are so finely crafted that they can take up to three months to manufacture. Crafts can be found at Artesanias La Palmate (549 2338), half a block east of the mayor’s office. Camoapa is also a good place to pick up cowboy accessories. Leather goods are an easily found commodity; some stores where they can be purchased include Taller Hermanos Flores (625 2638) and Casa de las Monturas (549 2381). For boots head to Taller Salazar (549 2043). In addition to pita crafts and leather goods, Camoapa also produces an abundance of dairy products, much like the rest of the region. October 4th is a great time to head to Camoapa, as that is when the patron saint festival for St. Francis of Assisi is celebrated. Included in festivities are bullfights, parades and horse shows.

If you’re planning on sleeping in Camoapa, Hotel Las Estrellas (549 2240), located seven blocks east of the church’s north side, features an on-site restaurant; adventurous eaters will want to try the house specialty, bull testicle soup. A double without air-conditioning goes for about $10, and with $13. Smaller but more conveniently located is Hotel Taisiwa (849 2304). Rooms are about $5 per person and include a private bath. A solid restaurant option is El Bosquecito, which offers soups, meat and seafood. If you prefer your food with a view, try La Terraza (424 8605), located 4 and a half blocks from the Alcaldia Municipal; it has a terrace with a panoramic view of the city.


Camoapa functions as a base from which plucky travelers can go on various hikes in the region, including to Quizaltepe, Mombacho and Pena La Jarquina.


Buses heading to Camoapa depart from the Mayoreo bus terminal in Managua Monday through Saturday, early morning to early afternoon. Buses to Managua leave all day until 5 pm.



Other places in Nicaragua : Jinotepe, Islas Solentiname, Padre Ramos Estuary & Nature Reserve, Siuna, Comalapa, El Sauce, El Astillero, Jinocuabo, Refugio Bartola and Somoto.

14 Apr 2009

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