The City of Mist is not on a lot of people’s travel itinerary. The location, literally perched in between the hills, gives it an edge though. The lively bar scene and friendly locals give Jinotega bonus points. Spending 24 hours here is actually almost the perfect thing to do here.
Jinotega isn’t a culinary delight, but has plenty of decent options though. Soda El Tico is one of them. After that, head for some cool bars for a drink and a talk. Bar Jinocuba is quite international, has a good taste for music and sometimes live performances. La Taverna is an unusually boisterous vibrant place close to Parque Central as well. Nightlife though can’t be compared to Leon or Managua, around midnight it’s time to sleep!
Good to know
- Getting here is possible from Esteli by chicken bus, though that one only runs a couple of times a day. This is one of those connections that are ab-so-lutely crammed, especially the first part to San Rafael del Norte
- From the other side, the approach is much easier and shorter. Matagalpa will probably be your departure point, connections are much more frequent here as well
- The geographic location makes the weather in Jinotega very volatile. Average daytime temperatures only reach 20 degrees, and rain and (not very surprising) mist are frequent. Dress accordingly