Rosita, 1 of the 3 towns in the Mining Triangle!

This is an article about one of the three towns in the world famous Mining Triangle of Nicaragua.

 

You will be able to learn about the history, the culture, attractions and general information relevant for you to come and visit!

General overview
Weather
Brief historical reference
How to get there and leave
Air
Land
Must see
Economic activity
Culture
Accommodations
Health care and recommendations

General overview

Rosita is a municipal area of the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN) in Nicaragua. it neighbors to the north with Waspam and with Prinzapolka to the south. It is one of the 3 mine-driven economies in the region forming the popular Mining Triangle along with Siuna and Bonanza which are located to the west. Rosita is located roughly 400 kilometers away from Nicaragua’s capital: Managua. The city is divided by 81 barrios and slums. They are home to a population of over 22,000 people that inhabit a territorial extension of 2,205 square kilometers. The city was founded on November 6th 1989.

A beautiful indigenous little girl from RAAN.

A beautiful indigenous little girl from RAAN.

Weather

Rosita has a very sub-tropical weather. Annual precipitations range from 1,500 to 2,000mm 

Brief historical reference

 Rosita was previously known as Santa Rita, it first became a densely inhabited town in the 1940s when the Rosario Mining Company initiated its mining exploration in the city. Explorations between 1951 and 1955 led to the finding and the eventual exploitation of copper in Rosita by the subsidiary Rosita Mining Limited. The main mining activity was focused in the hills of Santa Rita where copper, silver and gold were found. Towards the end of 1979 (in the midst of the Civil War), the mines in Nicaragua were nationalized and in 1981, all mining activity was halted within the Rosita district. By 1982 the mining plants were mainly abandoned and dismantled.

As mentioned before, Rosita became a municipal area gaining independence from Prinzapolka and joining one of the two blocks which comprise the Atlantic Coast which are the RAAN and RAAS. Rosita belongs to RAAN (northern department).

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Rosario Mining Company in RAAN circa 1940s

How to get there and leave

Air

There is no direct airplane route to get to Rosita (or more accurately there is no commercial airport in Rosita) so your best choice is to pick the Bonanza destination when doing your reservation with La Costeña (a nationally operated airline) either via telephone (505) 2263-2142 or by using their website. After you get to the airport terminal, you can take a TRANSMINA bus or a taxi to drive you to Rosita which is close to a 20 mile journey to the southeast. Buses and taxis pass by the airport terminal regularly so ask the airstrip personnel when the next bus will pass by or to help you arrange a cab.

Aircraft from La Costeña

Aircraft from La Costeña

Land

If you want to get there by land, you can get a TRANSMINA bus from Managua (the international airport is located in Managua). You can get on one of these buses by going to the TRANSMINA terminal located right outside the Mayoreo Marketplace near the northern highway of Managua. Addresses are a little difficult to provide in the city without reference points, so ask a taxi to take you to the terminal (downtown cab fares range from $1 to $5). The buses depart daily at 10am but we do recommend you get there at least an hour ahead to avoid any issues. The bus will take you directly to Rosita passing by Tipitapa, Sebaco, Matagalpa, Siuna and other important cities. The bus will charge you C$400 for the trip which is a little over U$15, and the drive will last from 20 to 25 hours depending on road conditions.

Must see

In the Rosita area one of the main attractions is clearly the mining industry, there are some artisanal mines operating around the main town, you can see the extraction and transformation process and even purchase raw gold! These small mills are scattered around the town so you can ask a local where you may find one or hail a cab as well. It is common for people in RAAN and the rest of Nicaragua to give passerby lifts or ‘’rides’’ so just make sure to use your common sense and precaution and spare yourself a few bucks!

The flora and fauna in Rosita is broad, you will find alligators, monkeys, snakes, lizards, deer, and many kinds of birds.

In Rosita, there are a wide range of activities that you can do that break completely free of the usual paradigm of travelers; try walking around, speaking to locals, experiencing the dense jungles (make sure you take a human guide and proper equipment and supplies) inquire about the culture and take it all in. Many people don’t bother to visit such remote cities, don’t be trapped by dogma. Make your choice and visit it, try to aid those in need. You will feel great about it!

Handmade wooden homes are very common in Rosita

Handmade wooden homes are very common in Rosita

Economic activity

The main economic activity in this small town is agriculture; however, the infertile soil in the region makes unemployment rate sometimes soar up to 80%! Because of this, people historically have decided to join the mining industry (which of course can only employ mostly male miners within the ages of 18 to 40 because of the heavy amount of physical labor). Rosita is not as underdeveloped as you would think; please check out the YouTube URL at the bottom of this article to get a glimpse of it.

Culture

Rosita is a multi-ethnic area composed mostly of indigenous tribes such as the sumus, mizkitos, creoles and mestizos. (Most Nicaraguans are mestizos, the term refers to those whose ancestors are European and American-Indian and have roots in the Colonial Times).

Accommodations

The best Hotel in Rosita is Hotel Terciopelo. Its located 1 block south from Gasolinera El minero, then half a block to the north. Their phone number is: (505) 2794-1195. They offer single and twin bedrooms as well as mini-suites with prices of $17, $21 and $29 respectively. Their amenities include wi-fi, parking, restaurant, spacious bedrooms and common areas.

Hotel Terciopelo's twin bed room


Hotel Terciopelo’s twin bed room

Perhaps the best eatery in Rosita is Las Praderas which is a mixed-grill restaurant that focuses primarily on preparing specialties in almost upscale environs and typical dishes (don’t be confused with rice and beans and nacatamales, it’s a whole different deal here!)

Just like with the rest of this wonderful region, if your compass points towards Rosita you will definitely be headed to a side of the country most tourists don’t even hear of (hey, at their loss!) in this region, you will take an unforgettable journey through the dense jungle mountains carved by lazy mocha rivers while engaging locals in conversation, learning their stories and discovering a new world WAY beyond your borders. Rosita is often considered the transport hub of the region and it’s easily the most ‘’livable’’ of all the three towns (along with Siuna and Bonanza) so whenever you plan to just find some quite hostel or relaxing hut for rent, this is the spot! Additionally, chances are it will be the only place where you will actually stumble upon other tourists. Siuna and Bonanza are filled with massive working Canadian gold mines and casinos so again, if you want to just kick off your shoes or sandals and lay back for a while, Rosita is the spot.

Health care and recommendations

Rosita is just 29kms northwest from Bonanza on a spur road. It is a compact 3-way paved road forming a small triangle in which almost all services can be found including eateries, hostels, gas stations, pharmacies, clinics and even clubs. If you are not on this road and find yourself in need of health care, please contact Hospital Rosita at (505) 2794-1003 or visit it 20 meters north from Cotran.

Youtube clip Mina Rosita Nicaragua

If you do come and visit this wonderful city, we recommend you prepare well with medical supplies (a first aid kit would do), boots and definitely cash since there are not many places that take credit cards or ATM machines for that matter.