There are various restaurants and markets throughout the department of Jinotega, that serve various fruits, vegetables, meats, and drinks. The city of Jinotega is in the viciniy of the artificial Lake Apanas. A town named San Rafael del Norte is just 20 minutes away in a good paved road. San Rafael was the General Headquarters for the troops of General Sandino in the late 1920s and early '30s. It has a nice church and small museum of Sandino and his wife Blanca Aráuz.