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By bus or car from Managua or where ever you are located.
Follow the Rama Carretera east out of Managua.
All of the bus routes to and from Juigalpa can be found at Mercado Mayoreo in Managua. Juigalpa is approximately three hours by bus in an ordinary route and two hours in an express bus. There are also charter helicopters available from Managua as well. Taxi cabs are the predominate means of transportation within the city.
Taxi Cabs are the predominate means of transportation within the city. Taxis within the city limits cost C$10 per person. Costs increase for places outside the concentrated part of the city.
There are also several bus routes that cost C$3 per person.
Come for the patron saint festival. The patron saint celebrations on the week of August 15 celebrate the Assumption of Mary. This patron saint festival is renowned as one of the best in Central America, drawing people from neighboring countries. Much of this celebration takes place in the Plaza de Toros near the center of town. Here the highlighted event is bull riding. On average five people die every year from bull related injuries. As a result, there is a saying in Juigalpa, “It is not a good patron saint festival if nobody dies”. There are two fairs during the patron saint festival. One is put on by the mayor’s office in the center of town. The other, and larger of the two, is organized by a microfinance NGO, PRODESA, and takes place in the PRODESA fairgrounds located on the western side of town. Plaza Taurina de Chontales, located on the north end of town, has a rodeo every middle weekend of the month. The design of this arena was inspired by the rodeo arena in Houston, Texas.
There are two markets in town. One is the municipal market in the center of town, east of the central park. The other market “Mercado Nuevo” is located along the Rama Carretera at the southern end of town near the hospital.
Juigalpa is also home to the only beef jerky producer in Central America. Casey Welch’s Carne Seca can be found at Esso and Texaco.
Juigalpa has three discotecas:
Café Iguana is a two story complex with a pool and wet bar located on the western part of town.
Hotter’s (Caracoles Negros) is a discoteca on the northern end of town along the Rama Carretera. It is most popular on Thursday nights (Ladies’ Night).
La Quinta is located along the Rama Carretera on the southern part of town. It is most popular on Saturday nights and occasionally features a mechanical bull (especially during the Fiesta Patronale)
There are a few popular bars as well:
Bar 7/24 one block east of the park has the largest selection of liquor in Juigalpa. It is a good place to go with some friends. They offer beer bucket promotions on Wednesday nights.
El Coral located half a block east of the gas station PetroNic, is another good bar that is especially busy on Wednesday nights.
Restaurante Tacho on the Rama Carretera in front of the Esso gas station is open all night and often features mariachi bands.
Casa Country in Juigalpa located one block west of Palo Solo Park. It features unique architecture, Internet and 24 hour service.
Hospedaje Nueve Milenio is available for budget accommodations near the municipal market, in the center of town. Offering amenities such as air conditioning, fan, private or communal baths, and it is open 24 hours a day. Depending on accommodations price rages are from 4.00 USD-15.00 USD per day.
Hotel Quintanilla is located in the western part of town along the street leaving for Puerto Diaz. It includes private parking and breakfast.
Hotel La Quinta offers simple, yet air conditioned rooms and is connected to a restaurant and discoteca.
Las Miradas is a boutique hotel with many amenities. There is air conditioning, internet in all of the rooms, gym, spa, and an excellent view of the Amerrisque Mountains. The price is about $50 per night.
HOTEL CASA COUNTRY, ubicado a frente al Parque Palo solo, excelente atención,ambiente cálido y familiar, precios módicos, aire acondicionado, Internet.
Take care if walking at night in Nicaraguan cities, including Juigalpa. It is better to stay in groups or take taxis from one destination to another. There is an increasing amount of violence cased by groups of delinquents due to a rising crack cocaine problem. Avoid the barrios on the northern end of town. Also, avoid unpaved streets as these are typically poor neighborhoods outside the center that are not as well patrolled by the police.
You can leave through the domestic bus routes from the municipal market or catch any bus heading north to Managua on the Rama Carretera.