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Jinotega

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'''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.
==Get in==
 
NOTE: SOME PRICES QUOTED HERE ARE OUTDATED. THE CORDOBA DEPRECIATES FAIRLY RAPIDLY AGAINST THE DOLLAR.
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.
==Get around==
Taxis are prevelent and cost C$8 ($0.35) per person anywhere in town. Fares are around C$10 35 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.
==See==
[[Image:PeñadeLaCruz.jpg|thumb|Peña de La Cruz, Close-Up]]
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 . For a full Nicaraguan experience, you can try out some of the many Internet cafes located around the city. Many Nicaraguans don´t have Internet and have to utilize such cafes. Two recommended cafes are '''Llamadas Heladas''' and '''Ciber Centro de Llamadas del Rey'''. Both provide Internet as well as phone booths for cheap international calls and the latter one also provides English-Spanish translation.
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==Eat==
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* '''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 TrebolDon Colocho's'''bakery and cafe has been a bakery for 30 years and a cafe for 5 years. This is an excellent place to sit down with friends and enjoy a frappuccino and some delicious pastries. They regularly sell sweet breads, on the north side cheese breads, cakes, and tarts, as well as frappuccios, cappuccinos, and other coffee based beverages, as well as purified water. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 7pm and are located just North of Mistral school. * Esatblished in November of the central park2011, '''Bull's Bar and Restarant''' has been satisfying it's customers with orange-carrot refresco great food and fruit salad afterwardsdrinks since day one. Across the street from Soda el Tico Their main dish is Buffet el Buen SazonSoup de Huevo de Tora, which is typical but very goodcosts 130 cordobas(about $5.00 in U.S. They have a nice salad selectionmoney). The pico de gallo and tortilla chips are a treat! ThereBull's is also Comedor Chavarra near Soppexccaecofriendly, a block west the first bar and a couple south. Same food as you get cheaper restaurant to do this in the market, but you can eat it without smoke inhalation's area. They also offer purified water. It is located at Barrio Ernesto Rosales. 1/2 blocks East of Batazo.
For a cheap afternoon snack, * '''Pizza Movil ExpressEl Tico''' in the central park has very good, Americanized Nicaraguan food, and very importantly, purified water. It is better than Chababuffet style and family friendly, and also has fast, friendly service. It's Pizza hours are Monday through Friday from 6:30am to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 9:30pm. It is located at C$10 a slice, much cheaper tooDel Silais 1 1/2 Blocks North. They're open roughly 3PMTheir phone number is 278-22-9PM059.<br>
For *'''La Terraza Cafe'''is located right above El Tico. They have a good burger large variety of cakes and beer in town (La Pererra has excellent ones)beverages, like Tres Leches, Selve Negra, Country BurgerCappuccinos and Frappuccinos, a few blocks north of Esso Centraland purified water. The atmosphere is very relaxed, gives you one with lots of veggies small cafe tables and decent (non-limp) friescouches to lounge on.
*'''Eskimo''' is one of the most famous ice cream shops in all of Jinotega. It is safe and filled with various flavors of ice cream. They have shakes, cones, sundaes, and much, much more. The prices are very affordable, and it is located just a few doors down from El Tico. Swing by for great ice cream! They are open everyday from 10am to 8pm, and their phone number is 278-22-555. *'''Dino's''' is a restaurant with a fun, fresh, and calm atmosphere. They offer foods such as pizzas, beef, pork, chicken, pastas, salads, seafood, burgers, deserts, and more. Dino's has purified water as well. They also offer wi-fi. Tey are open everyday from 7am to 10pm, and are located at Del Gallo Gallo 3 Blocks North. Their phone number is 278-22-137.<br> *For 10 years, '''Chaba's Pizza''' has been offering it's customers extravagant pizzas with toppings including pepperoni, cheese, sausage, chicken, ham, Hawaiian, vegetarian, and so much more. Their prices are as follows: Medium pizza is 180 to 265 cordobas, Large pizza is from 220 to 390 cordobas, Family size is from 260 to 365 cordobas, Super size is from 340 to 400 cordobas, and Jumbo size is 345 to 480 cordobas(all of these range from about $5.00 to $20.00 in U.S. money). Chaba's Pizza is also in partnership with Conceptos, a nightclub right next to it.<br> *'''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.
==Drink==
* If you brought more collared shirts than non-, stay at '''Hotel Café'''.
 
* Also try '''Hotel Kiuras''', a family-owned hostel with Wi-Fi and great amenities. The owner is even a doctor, an added bonus.
* If you have a beard, Chacos, and a ten-year-old Arc'teryx backpack, stay at '''Hotel Central'''
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Try[[ *<sleep name="La Biosfera Cloud Forest Retreat]], " phone="8698-1439" url="http://www.hijuela.com/labiosferaretreat.html"> 4kms out (walking distance) outside of Jinotega on the road to Matagalpa,next to the Perrera .(look for the insuperable horse wagon) 100 metres up hill and serves as a great balance of the Perrerarural retreat and urban amenities.its got amazing Amazing views and run by 2 Aussies and an American, it has horses for riding,a bat cave, trails to local coffee plantations, bar crawl map of Jinotega, and more. organic Organic permaculture based gardens and rental accomodation from forest cabins to a soon ( aug 09) to be completed Backpackers backpackers dorm accomodation, which also has amazing views.tel Very flexible work-exchange opportunities can also make for an affordable excursion for folks with a bit more time and less money. Contact Suzanne 86981439, email [email protected].com</sleep>
*<sleep name="Circulo de Amigas" alt="" address="Barrio Linda Vista Sur Casa #32" directions="" phone="2782-5083" url="http://www.camigas.org/programs/visitingjinotega/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A local non-profit that also houses travelers at their facility. Accomodations are clean, safe, and reliable. Contact organization for more information.</sleep>
 
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