Esteli Department is one of fifteen (15) departments and two (2) autonomous regions in Nicaragua. It is located in the northwest region of Nicaragua and the area has a large number of farmers and ranchers. The Pan-American highway runs directly through the middle of Esteli Department as well as the city of Esteli.
The capital of Esteli Department is the city of Esteli, Nicaragua.
The Miraflor Natural Reserve is located in the eastern portion of Esteli Department and the Tisey Estanzuela Natural Reserve is located in the western portion of Esteli Department.