The 9 Best Things to Do in Jinotega, Nicaragua

March 13, 2018 Malia Yoakum

Jinotega in Nicaragua, from Central America region, is best know for Lookouts. Discover best things to do in Jinotega with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Jinotega

1. Cerro De La Cruz

Jinotega, Nicaragua
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
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2%
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Cerro De La Cruz

Reviewed By txchiquita22 - Dallas, TX

We waited until after dark to make the long drive up the mountain to see the beautiful cross overlooking the lights of Jinotega. Although it was misting and a little chilly, we stayed as long as we could. Be sure to bring a flashlight, as there is no lighting until you reach the gazebo and locate the switch to turn on the lights there. But the sidewalk is not lit and can be tricky. The drive up to and away from this beautiful scene is lots of fun!

2. Iglesia San Rafael del Norte

Frente al Parque Municipal, Jinotega, Nicaragua
Excellent
78%
Good
22%
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5 based on 18 reviews

Iglesia San Rafael del Norte

Reviewed By Nick946 - St Andrews

Lots of people vest to see the painting on the church walls as it includes a painting of the devil which was painted many years before Daniel Ortega came to power but has an uncanny resemblance to him

3. Eco Albergue La Fundadora

La Fundadaora community, Jinotega, Nicaragua +505 8855 2573
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Eco Albergue La Fundadora

Reviewed By Mark W - Boulder

If you are looking for an authentic rural Nicaraguan experience with a few creature comforts, I highly recommend staying a few nights at Ecoalbergue La Fundadora. It's located in the mountainous coffee country of North Central Nicaragua about 45 minutes from Jinotega and a bit closer to Matagalpa. There's hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. The Cabañas are clean, comfortable with hot water! The Ecoalbergue is run by a local cooperative and your stay benefits the community. Great campesino cuisine, really friendly hosts. If you want to explore the Datanli-El Diablo Nature Reserve this is an ideal base.

4. Cooperativa San Expedito

Kilometro 174 carretera a San Rafael del Norte | Las Curenas, Jinotega, Nicaragua
Excellent
91%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
0%
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0%
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5 based on 11 reviews

Cooperativa San Expedito

The San Expedito Cooperative is a women's cooperative of artisans dedicated to making traditional pre-columbian Nicaraguan black pottery. Visitors to the factory see the traditional black pottery production process. We also offer extended tours of the process with hikes to local clay deposits, organized community projects, or preparation of local traditional foods.

Reviewed By Rena234 - Winterthur, Switzerland

An impressive cooperativa of women producing black ceramics. During the visit we felt an open-minded, very friendly and professionel atmosphere. The ceramic work pursues an important local tradition of ceramic production and is part of an initiative to allow women to get their own income and to help them having a independent life. If you see these cheerful women, you know it happens.

5. Catedral San Juan

Ave. Central | Calle Central, Jinotega, Nicaragua
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 3 reviews

Catedral San Juan

Reviewed By Fyissel - Jinotega, Nicaragua

La Catedral de Jinotega está situada en el centro de la ciudad, es una iglesia muy linda por dentro, con un diseño impresionante, se mantiene en constante mantenimiento y se ve muy cuidada, si visitas Jinotega debes hacer una parada obligatoria para entrar y conocerla.

6. Apanas Tours Jinotega

Frente a la Terminal de Buses a Managua, Jinotega --------, Nicaragua
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
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0%
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5 based on 4 reviews

Apanas Tours Jinotega

Reviewed By john k - salem, or

Recently, 2 friends and I decided to visit Nicaragua. Heard it was less touristy than Costa Rica, but safe and friendly, We didn't want to use an International Tour Company but decided to try and keep it local. We are all 60ish, reasonably fit and like doing outdoor acitivities. Unfortunately, most in-country tour operators in Nica specialize in certain locations and we had difficulty finding one that would be able to cover the country for the 2 weeks we wanted to go.
Contacted Apanas tours and described what we were looking for; outdoor activities ..no need for high end amenities (but we do like a warm shower once in awhile and cold beer). Julio and Felipe put together an agenda for us that fit the bill.
They had never done such an extended trip as this and we had the usual array of adventures ( 3 flat tires), but, overall, it was one of the most enjoyable trips I have ever taken. They worked very hard to show us their country -- were knowledgable about the history and nature sights. Great food -- great hikes and kayaking.
Felipe (owner/driver) is fluent in English - background in biology/botany. Julio - guide --very knowledgable about the history - outdoor enthusiast - ran a 100 k race last year. Knew all of the good hikes. Where else can you hike up to the edge of an active volcano spewing gasses into the air and look into the crater? and nobody else is around?
I have visited many places in the world, but I would definitely go back to Nicaragua and I would plan on using Apanas tours again.

Visited March 2014

7. Parque Central Carlos Fonseca Amador

Jinotega, Nicaragua
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 2 reviews

Parque Central Carlos Fonseca Amador

Reviewed By Aaron M - Jinotega, Nicaragua

We live a few blocks from the park and it is always nice to walk through on our way to whatever we are doing. The park has a skate park area, nice Gardens, a library, a big play area for kids, etc.. We have seen sloths on a number of occasions.. but you really have to look for them. We always ask the kids in the vendor booths where they are on a given day and they come out and help loojk for them.

8. Macizo de Penas Blancas

Jinotega, Nicaragua
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
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0%
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5 based on 1 reviews

Macizo de Penas Blancas

Reviewed By gunner28 - Paris

Si vous voulez découvrir le nord du Nicaragua, c'est l'endroit qu'il vous faut! On y arrive en traversant des champs de café, toutes les nuances de vert dans les paysages rappellent la zona cafetera colombienne! Une fois arrivé au centre, plusieurs excursions sont proposées de 2 à 5 heures de marche: cascades, quelques animaux et oiseaux avec un peu de chance, points de vue en haut du macif...bref on ne s'y ennuie pas!
Prenez une petite laine car il y fait frisquet la nuit tombée !
Pas facile d'accès avec les transports locaux et vaut mieux réserver: possibilité de s'y rendre de Leon (Agence el Perezoso) et de Matagalpa (Matagalpa Tours).

9. Travel Jinotega-Matagalpa

Jinotega 65000, Nicaragua
Excellent
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5 based on 1 reviews

Travel Jinotega-Matagalpa

We provide safe, secure and reliable transport to/from Managua International Airport (MGA) to/from Northern Nicaragua- both Jinotega and Matagalpa.

Reviewed By Aaron M - Jinotega, Nicaragua

Travel Jinotega picked us up from the airport the first time we visited Nicaragua and made what could have been a nerve-wracking experience for newbie travelers into a delightfully relaxing trip to our final destination. We now live here and have used their services on numerous occasions. If you are traveling to Jinotega where the company is based, they also run one of the local taxis and Marconi and his drivers are always very quick and helpful when we call. Thanks Travel Jinotega!

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