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Jinotega (“HEE-no-TAY-gah”) has long been known for the battering 1980s civil war that was fought in its forested mountains. As a result, the region fell off the tourists trail for decades. In the 30 years since, Jinotega has enjoyed a highly successful post-war peace. The region features world-class coffee and residents who welcome outsiders. Jinotega's continued reputation for being off the beaten path makes it perfect for those who want to escape the crowds and spend some time in the rugged countryside. Best of all, Jinotega is just a two hour drive north of Managua. The region has a variety of local products, including two specialties: cheese and coffee. By some estimates, the region produces 40 percent of the country’s domestic products, some 30 percent of Nicaragua’s exports and 25 percent of its electricity. Try eating a buttery Manchego or smoked Gouda produced by Lácteos Santa Marta and wash it down with the pure-filtered mountain spring water Naturalí. For the best view of the sun setting over the mountains, head to the third floor oftavern La Perrera, or The Doghouse, at kilometer 158.5 on the road from Matagalpa. For a bit of luxury and a hot shower, try the elegant Hotel Café just three km (two miles) away, where dinner for two with wine is under $30 and a room costs about $40. For a nominal fee, you can also go hiking or nature watching in nearby nature reserves. If you want to see horses dance to ranchera or cumbia music, be sure to schedule your adventure around one of the two annual hipicos, or horse parades. Then grab a beer and go inspect the cattle on show, or attend the rodeo, or go dancing.

Neighborhoods in Jinotega: San Cristobal,

Other places nearby Jinotega: San Ramon, Sebaco, Matagalpa, El Chile, Jinocuabo, Somoto, Condega, Rosita, San Juan De Limay and Mulukuku .

11 May 2009

Things to do in Jinotega

Cerro La Cruz

Even if you can’t make it to Jinotega on May 3rd when the entire town makes a pilgrimage up to the cross on the summit, Cerro La Cruz is still worth a hike any other day of the year. The cross was ...
Jinotega, Nicaragua

Ecological Fincas

With its fertile soil, the rolling mountains of the Jinotega province are prime territory for farming. Agro-tourism is in its infancy, but the truly determined will enjoy getting a glimpse of these ...
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Jinotega, Nicaragua

Central Park

Flanked on its east side by Cathedral San Juan, the central park is the spot for a lazy morning or afternoon. Stroll around the park and see if you can spot the mango, lemon, eucalyptus and pine ...
City Park
Jinotega, Nicaragua

Cooperative Coffee Tours

Founded in Jinotega in 1997, Soppexcca, a union made up of 15 small farms, supports various community initiatives including those having to do with education, poverty, health and sustainable living. ...
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Jinotega, Nicaragua

Hiking around Jinotega

Another hike to try after mastering Cerro La Cruz is Cerro Los Papales on the mountain flanking the east side of town. This trek is a bit more challenging than La Cruz and also offers views of the ...
Jinotega, Nicaragua

Lago de Apanas

The creation of Lago de Apanas is a feat of engineering which can be attributed to bright minds from Italy, Nicaragua and the rest of the Americas. The Apanas Valley was flooded with waters from the ...
Jinotega, Nicaragua
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