Esteli is a city in Nicaragua.
When you arrive in Estelí get a taxi right away to the best attraction in town. Just say "del tánque de agua Mercado Alfredo Lazo cuartro cuadras al oeste" (it’s 4 blocks west of the of the big blue water tank at outdoor farm market), you'll see the sign at the main gate. Where you'll see, nestled in a park-like setting, two beautiful buildings covered with murals that tell the history of the project in colorful wall paintings, and picturing the step-by-step process of recycling paper by hand and making greeting cards. You might see paper sheets already drying in the sun on large whiteboards. The women environmentalists, las Mujeres Ambientalistas, will show you how they make primitive paper using a process that’s hundreds of years old. And, they will let you get your hands wet while making some of your very own paper. Be sure to have good batteries in your camera and lots of room on your memory chip, you'll be glad you did. This place was made for a camera.
Tour the natural medicine garden, tropical plants garden and the vegetable garden. Some folks like to spend the whole afternoon in this tranquil area away from all the noise and confusion of the city. If you can, take photos of the Guardabarrancos - the Nicaraguan National Bird that land in the trees from time to time. If you have binoculars bring them along.
|Finca Neblina del Bosque||De la Rampla 300 mts al Este||guesthouse||-|
|Sonati Estelì||NE corner of Cathedral||HOSTEL||-|
Internet cafes can be found in most larger cities and popular areas, but even in smaller towns you will usually be able to connect somewhere.
Wifi is generally free at most hotels, with the notable exception of larger chain hotels, which generally charge between US$3 and US$8 per day.
See also International Telephone Calls
The international phone code of Nicaragua is 505. The general emergency number is 911, though you can contact police (118), fire (115) and ambulance (128) separately if you want.
Nicaragua's cell phone system utilizes GSM 1900 technology. So, if you have a GSM phone that supports the 1900 band you can either use your phone as is at international rates or if your cell phone is unlocked , you can purchase a SIM card for your phone and you will have a local cell number and be charged local cell rates. Both Claro and Movistar provide cell phone service in the country. Claro is run by the old national phone company (ENITEL) that has now been privatized.
Another option is to buy a cell phone locally. Disposable cell phones are quite inexpensive, usually costing about US$20.
You can also purchase local prepaid phone cards that can be used at pay phone across the country. The different pay phone systems each have their own phone cards, so pay attention to which type you purchase.
Correos de Nicaragua provides postal services. It's fairly cheap but not extremely reliable or fast. Post offices are generally open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Airmail postage for a standaard letter or postcard from Nicaragua to North America is US0.60 and US$1 to Europe. Mail takes on average between 7 and 10 days to get to the U.S. and Europe. Though it's fine for sending a postcard, you'd better use companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx to send parcels internationally.
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Ask KennyNica a question about Estelí
I am a legal permanent resident of Nicaragua. I have attended a Spanish school here. I volunteer at an environmental project as the manager of maintenance and construction. I have lived in Estelí since June of 2008. Also, I have visited various cities on the west coast and in the north central mountain area. And lastly, I have a small number of native friends who can find out things that I,m not familiar with.
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