Lft about 8:30 to Esteli then bus to Matagalpa & Hotel Alvarado. Walked about town...jammed w/ cars & people in town center...Easter week. While waiting for Bon in a market I did a survey of vehicles passing by (this is bumper to bumper - single lane, one way)...39 were Toyota, 31 were KIA (mostly taxis), and 22 were a combo of Honda, Izuzu, Mitsubishi, etc...no more than 5 of other makes - NO American cars at all!!
Streets deserted, stores closed and buses not on any schedule - some not even going to any of regular destinations from here. We are lucky to get probably the only bus to Jinotega which drops us 12 km out of town at Selva Negra, a private forest reserve begun by Germans who in 1880 began a coffee plantation. Walked the 2 km from road to Hotel there & then hiked trails spending 3 hours walking thru cloud forest (no clouds today)...see pics. At 2 we hiked back up to hwy and luckily they are repairing the road beginning just half mile from entry to S.N. There a fellow stopped traffic for single lane passage from other end. We explained our situation and knowing no buses are coming, he helped us hitch a ride back into town!
Of course, no real restaurants open - I get a ham sandwich at Cafe Latino, Bon goes to a small market open and buys a can of veggies. We asked at bus staion about tomor to Jinotega, they didnt have any idea if bus going or no. Well see!