Estelí is a fast growing and progressive city of about 119,000 people. It enjoys a pleasant climate throughout most of the year due to its location in the north central highlands at a mean elevation of 844 m above sea level. The city is also surrounded by forested mountains and plateaus that go up to 1600 m above sea level, some which are protected as natural reserves.
Estelí was the scene of heavy fighting
From the Honduran border, you can take a bus to Ocotal, then from Ocotal to Esteli.
From the south, there are frequent buses from Managua and other points. Buses from Managua every 30 minutes.
From León : Also expressos , (a regular one leaves about 9.30AM from the north terminal).