The most impressive views of the city of Jinotega, the Dantalí – El Diablo Natural Reserve, Lake Apanas and the green mountains of Nothern Nicaragua can be seen after a 45-minute hike on La Cruz Hill, one of the many attractions of the municipality of Jinotega.
The hill might seem like an intimidating challenge when seen from the center of the city, but hiking it is actually not that difficult. The road that leads to the top is not entirely steep and surrounds the hill, making it easier to hike.
The journey begins when one arrives in the cementery of the city, located in the Western side of it. Several viewpoints are reached as the hiker ascends, providing the opportunity to observe Jinotega's cathedral and other parts of the city.
After about 45 minutes (depending on the physical condition of the person), one gets to the top of the hill. The entire city of Jinotega and all its surroundings can be seen at this point and the views are impressive. However, the hike does not end there. The famous white cross located at the summit must also be part of the hike. Once you are there, you can sit on the cross, rest and finally enjoy the whole landscape.
An interesting fact is that La Cruz Hill is visited every May 3rd by hundreds of catholics who travel to the city of Jinotega in order to make this same journey. A mass takes place at the summit of the hill on this day.