El Viejo Tourism

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El Viejo is a municipality in the Chinandega department of Nicaragua. El Viejo is a small city near the city of Chinandega, noted for its particular gastronomic specialties, which include rosquillas (a type of doughnut), cajetas (a type of dulce de leche), bollitos de leche (a kind of scone), and a fruit particular to the region called the toncua, which is related to the papaya and is eaten with honey. El Viejo is also the site of a colonial-era church, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception of Mary in El Viejo (Basílica Inmaculada Concepción de María en El Viejo), built in the 17th century. The church was elevated to the status of national religious sanctuary on October 8, 1995, and was declared a minor basilica on February 7, 2006 by Pope John Paul II, during his second visit to Nicaragua. The basilica possesses a baptismal font dating from 1560, and also possesses a little statue of the Virgin Mary. Tradition states that Fray Pedro de Zepeda y Ahumada, brother of Teresa of Avila, traveling to El Realejo with the image, was forced to go to El Viejo due to a storm. The people of El Viejo were so taken by it that they wished for the image to stay in their town. However, Zepeda y Ahumada set off once more for El Realejo, but a second storm forced him back to El Viejo. Thus, he decided that this was a sign of divine intervention and left the image in El Viejo. On December 6 of every year, the silver that is part of the little statue is washed before congregants in a ceremony called the lavado de la plata. The city is twinned with Norwich in the United Kingdom.


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Facts and Stats for El Viejo*

  • Living in El Viejo - Quality of Life

    • Climate Index 66.71 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in El Viejo

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in El Viejo

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.38 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 10 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 20 USD

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