Even if you canâ€™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 planted in 1705 by Fray Antonio Margel de Jesus to ward off spells allegedly cast by the sorcerers of the Chirinagua Mountain. In fact the offending ruckus atop the mountain was simply caused by indigenous celebratory feasts. The hike takes roughly one hour depending on your pace, and some parts are difficult to traverse. To get there, walk from the center of town towrds the cemetary, then past the wooden house just beyond it. From there it's straight uphil to the top. From Cerra la Cruz all of Jinotega and Lago Apanas will unfold. At night the cross is lit up and the bright dot (easy to mistake for a star) can be seen all over town.
Relative price: Budget
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