|Combo meal at McDonalds||$5.80|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$475.00|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||$1.23|
|Milk (1 liter)||$1.25|
|1 Pair of Jeans||$55.68|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$14.50|
If you visit Nicaragua, make sure to make few days stop at Estelí. Formally known as the Villa de San Antonio de Pavia de Estelí, this city is part of the department of Estelí located in the northern part of Nicaragua. This city is called the “Diamond of the Segovias”. This city is a major economic hub in this part of the country. The city is known to produce high quality tobacco and hence, this is one of the best cigar producing places in the entire world.
As a foreign tourist, how can you get into this city? The main point of entry by plane is the Managua International Airport. It is easy to find cheap flights to Estelí via Managua. From the airport in Managua, you can take the local buses that will run on the Pan American Highway. Estelí is about 150 kilometers from Managua. If you will come from the border of Honduras, you can take the bus that will take you to Ocotal and then from there to Estelí. Walking is the cheapest means to get around the city proper, but there are local buses that you can use in order to explore the city a little further. There are also taxis, but these taxis are shared.
There are many good hotels in Estelí such as Hotel Nicarao, Hotel Sacuanjoche, Hospedaje Luna and Sonati Hotel. The rates per night range from $10 onwards. There are hostels, inns and dorms that cater to the needs of a backpacking tourist and the rates are lower than the normal hotel. If you are looking for cheap flights to Estelí as well as travel deals, take the advantage of using online booking sites and you can use them in making your reservations in advance.