Chinandega - a lively place

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The yellow church near Parque Central

We entered Chinandega on our way to Jiquilillo from Estelí and you had to pass it on the way. We had made it to a must to stop in all large cities we passed on the way to our final goal of the day.

Chinandega was yet another Nicaraguan city which had around 100.000 inhabitants. It is mentioned in Lonely Planet as one of the cities that never will be on any top 10 for Nicaragua but the city turned out to be quite lively with a lot actions going on in the neighbourhood of the Parque Central with a lively marked in many of the streets.

I must say that if you are driving towards some of the many other fabulous sites in the region and you have the time; spend some time here, it is well worth it.

Entering the city

When you come along the main road from Leon you enter the city in one of the corners city and unlike some of the other cities it was bit more difficult to find the city centre. We parked close to the San Antonio Church and started by walking around in that area. There were some really nice restaurants and one being the Fritanga La Parrillada where we went in just to catch some of the local atmosphere. None of us were hungry at that time but the barbeque looked awesome (next time for sure).

The town was very lively with loads of people in the streets and in the restaurants all over the place. We walked around the Parque Central where they had a long row of small diners serving everything from fruit drinks to barbeque food.

The Parroquia Santa Ana was a quite nice and beautiful church and following it all the way round brought to some smalls streets where there were some quite funny shops.

Nice window
All the time we had some young girls’ voices and some heavy dance music in our ears because there was a charity arrangement in front of the Mausoleum of Ruben Dario´s mother!! Ruben was everywhere in this country.    

We walked around the city centre and decided to go for a beer after being in the sun for some time. Near the Parque Central we found a place that had shadow and a wind going through the place and making it quite a cold place without any fans or air conditioner. We enjoyed the cold beer at the place was quite funny with furniture made very roughly of some quite heavy wood; they were so heavy that you hardly could move them. I decided to try their grilled chicken with rice and it was quite okay.

After the stop we decided to walk back to the car; we decided to drive by El Cavario Church of the way, and it was quite pretty. We had enjoyed the city and were ready to visit the small village of Jiquilillo at the pacific coast.   

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The yellow church near Parque Cent…
The yellow church near Parque Cen…
Entering the city
Entering the city
Nice window
Nice window
Colours of Chinandega
Colours of Chinandega
Colours of Chinandega
Colours of Chinandega
Colours of Chinandega
Colours of Chinandega
Nothing less
Nothing less
Small parish!
Small parish!
Fritanga La Parrillada
Fritanga La Parrillada
Fritanga La Parrillada
Fritanga La Parrillada
Fritanga La Parrillada
Fritanga La Parrillada
Fritanga La Parrillada
Fritanga La Parrillada
Fritanga La Parrillada
Fritanga La Parrillada
Fritanga La Parrillada
Fritanga La Parrillada
Left over truck
Left over truck
On more please
On more please
Parque Central
Parque Central
Full!
Full!
Parque Central
Parque Central
Parque Central
Parque Central
Parque Central
Parque Central
Shoe pusher heaven
Shoe pusher heaven
National and the party flag
National and the party flag
Parque Central
Parque Central
Parque Central
Parque Central
Nice
Nice
The Parroquia Santa Ana
The Parroquia Santa Ana
A break
A break
Where are you
Where are you
Going shopping
Going shopping
The Parroquia Santa Ana
The Parroquia Santa Ana
The Parroquia Santa Ana
The Parroquia Santa Ana
The Parroquia Santa Ana
The Parroquia Santa Ana
The Parroquia Santa Ana
The Parroquia Santa Ana
The Parroquia Santa Ana
The Parroquia Santa Ana
Local and central flags
Local and central flags
Meeting
Meeting
The bus
The bus
Ambulance
Ambulance
Babs in the shopping street
Babs in the shopping street
In the market
In the market
Leather shop
Leather shop
Fruit stand
Fruit stand
Colours
Colours
The pink guy
The pink guy
Colourful
Colourful
Street life
Street life
Buy please
Buy please
Ruben Darios mothers mausoleum
Ruben Darios mothers mausoleum
Shops
Shops
Fire department
Fire department
Super heros
Super hero's
Wooden art
Wooden art
Home made
Home made
They were soo heavy
They were soo heavy
Shop
Shop
Well used
Well used
Babs
Babs
El Cavario Church
El Cavario Church
El Cavario Church
El Cavario Church
Chinandega
photo by: dallastexas