Exploring Estelí

Estelí is a big city in the northern highlands of Nicaragua. It feels smaller than León, but I think that’s mainly because the traffic is better. In León, I always felt like I was about to be hit by a car (pedestrians do NOT have the right of way here!). Estelí traffic is better because the streets are mostly one way.

I had plenty of time to get to know Estelí today, so I walked around town for a bit, went to a museum and visited the cathedral.

There is a quite a bit of street art in town. I am not sure if it’s a direct result of the political importance of this town during the revolution (it was a Sandinista stronghold), or just lots of artists. The variety is really engaging and it made for a fun day looking for more murals.

Mural Esteli
Mural Esteli
Mural Estelí
Robot Mural Estelí

Fish Mural Estelí
Fish Mural – is it dead?

Some of the murals I can’t make a lot of sense of, and some are very clearly political. The date July 19 plays a role in a few – that’s the day of the Sandinista Revolution, or Independence Day.

Mural Estelí
War and Peace Mural Estelí
Mural Estelí
Che Mural

I also visited a museum in town, the Museum of History and Archeology.

Museo de Archeologico Esteli
The museum of archeology in Esteli
Museo Esteli
Museo Esteli

Only a four room museum in a pretty park a few blocks north of my hostel, it houses quite a few interesting artifacts. I was most interested in the petroglyphs,

Esteli arqueologico museo
Petroglyph

but it also gives me a chuckle when I see record players and typewriters in the same history museum as petroglyphs! How old do I feel today?

Esteli museo
Record player on display in the museum of archeology in Esteli

They also had a section on famous local residents (revolutionaries, for the most part), and one on customs and local myths. It was interesting, and admission was 20 cordobas, about 75 cents.

I probably already mentioned I quite like the landscaped trees here in Nicaragua. I had to photograph some quite close to my hostal. Don’t they remind you of Edward Scissorhands?

Trees Estelí
Trees in Estelí

I also visited the cathedral, which is quite grand and covers a lot of ground. Pretty interior, too.

Catedral Nuestra Señora del Rosario
Cathedral Estelí
Catedral Nuestra Señora del Rosario
Cathedral Estelí

Tomorrow is my last day solo and I am going to make it to Somoto Canyon, and it is going to be beautiful!