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Visit Esteli Nicaragua

Travel to the northeast of Nicaragua and visit a cigar factory or go hiking around Estelí. This charming town lies in a valley at an altitude of 800 meters. It is surrounded by mountains, in a beautiful natural area. Here, mass tourism is still far away and you can immerse yourself in the real Nicaraguan way of life.

Estelí is Nicaragua’s agriculture centre. In this region, a lot of (organic) vegetables and fruit are being produced, but also crops like tobacco. Because of the fact that many professional cigar makers left Cuba in the 1950s and Esteli has the perfect climate to grow tobacco, some of these Cuban producers ended up here. Now you can visit a tobacco plantation or one of the cigar factories where high-quality cigars are being produced.

Hilly area

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Hilly area

A visit to Esteli will definitely not be boring, because there’s a lot to see and do. Hike in 1.5 hours through beautiful green and hilly area to the waterfall of Salto Estanzuela. There’s a small lake as well where you can swim. If you feel a bit more adventurous, do a canyoning tour to the Somoto Canyon. Accompanied by a local, professional guide, you’ll find your way through the canyon while hiking, climbing and swimming.

You can also visit a traditional cigar factory, explore the town centre of  Esteli or book a day tour to one of the nearby nature reserves Miraflor or Quiabus las Brisas.

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Nicole and Anne

You should visit Esteli Nicaragua for sure, it is a nice and lively town where you can experience how the `real` Nicaraguans live. We saw very few tourists and did a lot during the three days we spent here and enjoyed especially the beautiful natural surroundings of this area.  Fun fact: they say that in this zone many Nicaraguans live with blond hair and blue eyes. That’s true. Our guide seemed like a Dutchman.

Tip from Marlou:

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Tip from Marlou:

Do you have more time and are you up for a real Edventure? Then we recommend you combine your visit to Esteli with a trekking in the Miraflor Reserve. During this trip you are accompanied by a local guide and you stay overnight at local family’s homes. They run organic farms and coffee plantations and are members of a local cooperative which is now also offering eco-tourism packages. That trip will be a very special experience in a beautiful area with special people who would like to share their story with you. More information about this trekking can be found here.

What you can see in and around Estelí:

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

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Hiking tour around the Miraflor Nature Reserve
Make a hiking tour in Nicaragua! Explore the Miraflor Nature Reserve by foot. Your adventure starts in the centre of Esteli, a charming town. On the second day, you depart for 2-day trekking in the nature reserve Miraflor. You are accompanied by a local, bilingual guide and stay the night at local family homes in the mountains. This trekking is a unique local experience and a great way to discover the Nicaraguan country side and way of life.
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Jungle and coffee plantations in Matagalpa
Explore the north of Nicaragua and stay in the city of Matagalpa and hike the jungle and coffee plantations around the city! During this trip you stay at local family homes and your rooms are comfortable, but basic. Your host families however will make sure to provide everything you need. As a result, you do not need to worry about hygiene and the food they serve is great!
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Beautiful beaches and perfect waves in Las Peñitas
Check out the best beach in Nicaragua! Catch the waves in Las Peñitas, about 20 minutes from the city of Leon you find the charming seaside village. Because of its long, beautiful beach, the town is well loved by locals and foreigners alike and a great place to relax and enjoy the sun, sea and the beach of course!
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Experience history in colonial León
León is a beautiful colonial city that has been playing an important role in the country's history for centuries. Here you find Central America's largest cathedral and Leon is the hometown of Ruben Dario, a world-famous poet who was born some 150 years ago and one of the great heroes of Nicaragua.

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