Murals are not the only thing that this city is know for however. The growing climate is perfect for tobacco, specifically cigar tobacco, and during the Cuban Revolution of 1959 the city became a safe-haven for Cuban cigar makers. Cuban cigars are now a staple of the economy here and there are daily tours of some facilities in both English and Spanish with transportation, for 5$.
The city is also home to one of the strongest and most popular futbol or soccer teams in Nicaragua. They are called Real Esteli with the nickname, "the train of the north" and play in the stadium below. There is also a professional baseball team here that where two MLB baseball players (Porfi Altamirano and Alber Williams) played before making it to the big-leagues.
My favorite part about this city however is the climate, because it is located about 2800 ft above sea-level the mornings and evenings are rather cool. In-fact, it is so cool up here that it was the first time on my trip that I didn't need a fan to sleep. The surrounding mountains are also quite beautiful in the background of the city and stretch up as high as a mile above sea-level. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the north of Nicaragua!