From the WIki on the town:

Estelí is a city and municipality within the Estelí department. It is the third largest city in Nicaragua and is the administrative and commercial center of the Northern part of the country.

Located on the Pan-American Highway, 150km north of Managua, Estelí is a fast growing and progressive city of about 119,000 people. It enjoys a pleasant climate throughout most of the year due to its location in the north central highlands at a mean elevation of 844 m above sea level. The city is also surrounded by forested mountains and plateaus that go up to 1600 m above sea level, some which are protected as natural reserves. Estelí was the scene of heavy fighting in the war against the Somoza government during the 1970s.

Sorry been away for a few days.  We´ve had some interesting adventures.  The bus ride from Leon up to Esteli was shall I say a tad bumpy.  It was true Central American form with some random Jesus and Maria statuettes next to cartoon images on a converted former child´s school bus packed in like sardines bouncing up and down like mad on dirt roads.  But sadly no one brought any chickens abroad (live ones) the bus. 

I´ll have some pics up soon enogh. Some more from Leon and the rest from Esteli.

Traveled yesterday to an amazing eco finca (farm) about 2 hours from here.  The owner a young guy named Eduardo took on us on a 6-7 km hike of the area.  With a waterfall, mountain lookout, wild bird species.  And his amazing dog Fiona who would just run off and disappear into the forest for 10, 15 minutes at a time and when would turn a corner on the path she was there waiting for us.  Super perro!!!

Taking a rest day today.  The cathedral in the city is extremely beautiful, but the city itself is definitely not as pretty as Leon or Granada.  But it has its charms.  People are friendly, but you do not come to this country for its cuisine or service.  But as Chloe said, at least the people don´t stare at you for being a gringo(a).

From here we will do a couple more days into the highlands—Jinotega and Matagalpa.  Then we will return to the capital Managua for a day, take a intra-Nica flight to the Corn Islands which are on the Carribbean side and do more the stay on the beach in a hut for a week thing.  Then back to Managua to catch our flight back to el Canada.   

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