This regional capital is 72 miles north of Managua and a base point for many scenic expeditions.

From this agricultural center filled with hundreds of banana, peanut, sorghum and sugar cane plantations, travelers can explore fascinating volcanoes, stunning sceneries and isolated beaches, and meet people strongly rooted in their indigenous past.

The beautiful beach town of Jiquilillo Beach is a favorite for surfing, while 20 miles west is the vibrant coastal port town of Corinto. Also 7 miles from Chinandega is the old city of El Viejo, with its famous Basilica, a Mecca for catholic pilgrims.