Approximately 2.5 hours after leaving Leon, making only one wrong turn along the way, we arrived in the town of Esteli and easily found the central park. Finding a place to lay our heads for the night warranted a bit more effort, but we eventually stumbled across a decent B&B called Hostal Santa Maria.
For a rate of $15 per night we were quite happy with our little room with “private bathroom”.
Our cuarto was super clean (much cleaner than my feet) and had a comfy bed with good pillows. I was quite excited about snuggling up under the thick comforter that night, much more so than I was about Gord going number two behind the green and yellow shower curtain.
It wasn’t until we registered and handed over our money to pay for our room did we realize that the nightly rate was actually $15 per person, not $15 per night. Not nearly the great deal we originally thought it to be, but we decided to spending the night just the same.
Later that afternoon we took some time to wander around and explore the streets of Esteli. The town was busy and bustling, but not nearly as fast paced as Leon. The cooler temperatures we felt were a welcomed change from the extreme heat we’ve been experiencing in Leon.
This being my first visit to Esteli with the afternoon light just right and a fully charged battery in my camera I was anxious to find some new and interesting subjects and objects to photograph.
Here’s a sampling of what I saw:
The city of Esteli may not be a photographer’s dream compared to the colonial cities of Leon and Granada, but as you can see I had no trouble finding the interesting subjects and objects I was looking for.
The majority of day two of our Esteli trip was spent exploring Somoto Canyon. To read about our experience click here.
We decided to spend night two at Hotel Cualitlan. We rented one of their cabins at a nightly rate of $40 USD. A full breakfast was included.
Although there wasn’t really anything extra special about Hotel Cualitlan our cabin was clean, quiet and comfortable and we had a good night’s sleep.
With all the exercise we got from exploring Somoto Canyon we had worked up an appetite. Ranked #2 on Trip Advisor we opted to try Pullaso’s Ole steakhouse. My chicken, beef, shrimp and chorizo sausage kebob was cooked very well. The meat was tender, juicy and very tasty. Gord’s flank steak was perfectly grilled to medium rare as requested.
Before making our way back to Leon on Sunday we took a drive up the hill through Tisey Nature Reserve. As you can see the view was pretty awesome! If you look closely at the photo (top right) you can actually see a Volcan Telica.
We really enjoyed our 1st road trip in the Galloper and are looking forward to wherever our road trip travels take us next!