Estelí

This is a rapidly developing departmental capital, heavily damaged during the Revolution of 1978 to 1979. It's not especially attractive, but it is energetic, with a large student population injecting life into an otherwise humdrum agricultural centre. Worth visiting is the
Casa de Cultura
, which has a small exhibition of petroglyphs found in the area and of military memorabilia, and the
Galería de los Héroes y Mártires
, next door, with mementoes
and photographs of those killed defending the Revolution and moving paintings on the outside walls. Many cooperatives and support organizations were developed in the aftermath
of the Revolution. One of them, the
Asociación de ex-combatientes historicos 18 de mayo
, is good and has some crafts and a café with posters all over the walls. The
Ministry of Health Information Centre
, is involved with projects to revive traditional medicine and healing and offers advice on a wide range of herbal remedies. The
INTUR tourist office
, has information in Spanish on the city and its surroundings. If you are interested in visiting rural communities,
La UCA Miraflor
is the best organization to approach .

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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