'''Jinotega''' is in [[Nicaragua]].
Jinotega is the city center of Nicaragua's northern region by the same name which produces 80% of the nation's coffee. Not often visited by foreigners, it has a population of about 20,000 living inside a vast bowl formed by the surrounding mountains – perhaps the width of 200X100 soccer fields. It is known as "La Ciudad de las Brumas" or "City of the Mists" for the magnificent whisks of clouds continuously feathering through the top of the bowl.
The Jinotega region was perhaps the most war-torn region in the Nation's Century. Its remote location provided a haven for rebellious forces throughout the last two previous centuries. It's safe now, in fact you can visit the countryside without a problem if you wish, just find a guide. This will bring you to a corner of the world English speakers seldom see.
From [[Managua]] there are direct buses several times a day. If taking a taxi, ask for bus terminal Mayoreo or simply for the terminal from where the Jinotega buses leave. At the Mayoreo terminal there is a counter where you can purchase your tickets to Jinotega. Bus fare is C$70, or about $4. The expressos are nice because they make fewer stops and you don't have to change busses in Matagalpa.
Taxis are prevelent and cost C$8 ($0.35) per person anywhere in town. Fares are around C$
10 at night.Its best to agree a price before you get in the cab, Jinotegans love to change their mind. But on the whole they are a very friendly bunch.
It is very safe to walk around Jinotega even through some of the shabbier looking areas, don't be scared just give a big smile out, you'll be fine.
Jinotega is a great place to explore.
From within Jinotega you can see Peña de La Cruz, a hill with a cross at the top. The location provides splendid views of the Jinotega valley and surrounding mountains. At the base of Peña de La Cruz within Jinotega there is a cemetery. Cross through the cemetery, stopping to ask where the "sendero" or trail to the cross is located. The journey to the top is steep at times, taking about 30-60 minutes. At the top there is a cool, refreshing breeze.
In general Jinotega has a small town feel with not a lot of things to do. The people are friendly but more reserved than you will find in the bigger cities of Nicaragua.
If you are lucky you will catch one of the many hipica's or parades, they love a parade here, The hipicas are a way for Jinotega mostly men to show off their horses, they love it, get your cowboy boots on, you can buy a pair of custom made cowboyboots for a thousand cords here, get the rubber soles the leather slip horribly, from a little shop in the market, theres an horrific blue supermarket building on the edge of the old markets , if you go 2 blocks away from it , and away from the new markets building, you will see the boot shop on the right, its just a small wooden opening with a few cowboy boots hanging in it. If your lucky the guy with the really big belly with no top on will serve you, comedy magic .
* '''La Perrera''', 3km outside of town on the Matagalpa highway, is by far the best. Expect to pay C$50-140 for good food, some of which is Italian. The taco salad is excellent (and cheap!) if you're sick of iceberg lettuce--they grow their own with good varieties brought from the States. Catch any bus before 6:00 there for C$5 and ask them when you can catch a bus back to town. Walking down is dangerous, I've been told, but it's also beautiful when the stars are out!
* '''Hotel Cafe''' seems overpriced and very ordinary.
For quick lunches, try the tacos at Cafeteria Trebol''', on the north side of the central park, with orange-carrot refresco and fruit salad afterwards. Across the street from Soda el Tico is Buffet el Buen Sazon, which is typical but very good. They have a nice salad selection. The pico de gallo and tortilla chips are a treat! There's also Comedor Chavarra near Soppexcca, a block west and a couple south. Same food as you get cheaper in the market, but you can eat it without smoke inhalation.
For a cheap afternoon snack, ''' Pizza Movil Express''' in the central park is better than Chaba's Pizza and at C$10 a slice, much cheaper too. They're open roughly 3PM- 9PM.
For a good burger and beer in town (La Pererra has excellent ones), Country Burger, a few blocks north of Esso Central, gives you one with lots of veggies and decent (non-limp) fries.
The pharmacy south of the cathederal has Cadbury chocolate. For the same price you can pick some up at Castillo de Cacao in Matagalpa. The Eskimo parlor is nice when you want an ice cream cone. There's a newer, cheaper, and friendlier one just south of Punto Moda.
* If you brought more collared shirts than non-, stay at '''Hotel Café'''.
* If you have a beard, Chacos, and a ten-year-old Arc'teryx backpack, stay at '''Hotel Central'''
La Biosfera Cloud Forest Retreat
of Jinotega on the road to Matagalpa,
next to the Perrera .(look for the insuperable horse wagon) 100 metres up hill
its got amazing
and run by 2 Aussies and an American, it has horses for riding
bat cave, trails to local coffee plantations, bar crawl map of Jinotega
permaculture based gardens and
rental accomodation from forest cabins to a soon ( aug 09) to be completed Backpackers
dorm accomodation, which also has amazing views.
86981439, email [email protected]
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