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The first thing that greets you when you enter Esteli is a giant statue of Augusto Sandino and a FSLN flag. Esteli and Leon are probably 2 of the strongest territories for the FSLN. The people in Esteli, however, seem far less radical than those in Leon. I didn't feel any hostility in Esteli like I did in Leon.

Welcome To Esteli
Welcome To Esteli
Bienvenidos A Esteli
Bienvenidos A Esteli
Sandino Stands Guard In Esteli, Nicaragua
Sandino Stands Guard In Esteli, Nicaragua
Carlos Fonseca And Friends
Carlos Fonseca And Friends
The Cement Statue Store
The Cement Statue Store
Pan American Highway In Esteli
Pan American Highway In Esteli
There's No Water In The River
There's No Water In The River
Car On A Pole
Car On A Pole
Esteli's Country Club
Esteli's Country Club

Since we didn't really have a game plan I just followed the Pan American highway until I left the town of Esteli to get an idea of what was there to see. After we got about a mile or so outside of Esteli I spotted the "Esteli Cigar" plant in the photos below. It's exactly what I was looking for but the only problem was that since it was Saturday it was closed. The security guard said if I came back on Monday I could tour the plant, try the cigars, etc. Unfortunately for me I had to work during the week and wasn't able to make it back. All in all I ended up finding about a dozen cigar factories and all of them were closed. Oh well, next trip I'll have to go back.

Esteli Cigar
Esteli Cigar
Home Of The Don Kiki
Home Of The Don Kiki
The Cigar Plant
The Cigar Plant
La Hacienda Restaurant
La Hacienda Restaurant
Restaurant Across From The Cigar Plant
Restaurant Across From The Cigar Plant
Tobacco Fields
Tobacco Fields
Esteli Cigar Brands
Esteli Cigar Brands
Garcia & Fernandez Cigars
Garcia & Fernandez Cigars
The Rough Side Of Esteli
The Rough Side Of Esteli
The Hood In Esteli
The Hood In Esteli
In Front Of The G & F Plant
In Front Of The G & F Plant
Our Prices Are Crazy
Our Prices Are Crazy
CubaNica Cigar Plant
CubaNica Cigar Plant
Cool Mural
Cool Mural
Big Church In Esteli, Nicaragua
Big Church In Esteli, Nicaragua
Big Church In Esteli
Big Church In Esteli
Yawn, Another Beautiful Church In Nicaragua
Yawn, Another Beautiful Church In Nicaragua
Central Park In Esteli
Central Park In Esteli
Monument To St Francis Of Asisi
Monument To St Francis Of Asisi
Colorful Restaurant
Colorful Restaurant
Restaurante Cahifer
Restaurante Cahifer

Lunch is always a crapshoot in a strange town but we got lucky and found a great little place in Esteli called the Restaurante Cahifer. The food was great and the atmosphere as well.


Juniett Says It Looks OK
Juniett Says It Looks OK
I Like Menus With Pictures
I Like Menus With Pictures
It's Purdy Here
It's Purdy Here
I Got The Jalopena Filet
I Got The Jalopena Filet
There Have Been Problems With Deadbeats
There Have Been Problems With Deadbeats


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