Several natural attractions can be found in the Northern department of Esteli, which comprises plateaus divided by hills with multiple climates. Its capital city is dynamic, and most of its towns feature archaeological areas and hard-working artisans. Many of its plantations preserve natural areas such as forests, cloud forest reserves, and waterfalls.
The city of Estelí is famous for the tobacco production that takes place in the high quality cigar factories and plantations, located in the urban area. Its active center has a museum, cultural and business centers. Besides its many hotels and restaurants, Esteli also has bars and clubs with a good ambiance.
The Miraflor Natural Reserve (North), as well as the El Tisey-La Estanzuela (South), are two renowned, easily reachable places. The first one is a large mountainous area with several agro-production farms and natural conservation sites. Here, one can find waterfalls, tropical dry and cloud forests, and a great variety of birds and orchids. El Tisey is commonly known for the Salto de la Estanzuela waterfall, where visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim and practice rappelling.
The small cities and towns in Estelí have their own charm and cultural attractions. San Juan de Limay (far West), for example, is known for its marble handicrafts. The town of Pueblo Nuevo has an interesting small museum that exhibits pre-Columbian objects that were found in the area and the community that inhabits Ducuale Grande (Condega) has a communitarian workshop with handicrafts made of clay.
Estelí has many other lesser-known attractions in each of its six municipalities. Some of these natural reserves can be visited by tourists, such as Tomabú (South) and the Cerro Quiabuc - Las Brisas (East), and The 'Mesas de Moropotente', where the La Pataste Natural Reserve is located.