I'm looking for a hotel in Matagalpa for an gay convention
These are mostly older Usenet people who have a convention for the group soc.motss (member of the same sex) every year and I asked about whether people would be interested in Nicaragua for next year. People are intrigued. One has been to Costa Rica, don't know about other people's experience with Central America.
I'd prefer Matagalpa but also realize that Granada might be more gay friendly. There's a hotel on a hill in Matagalpa that seems good, but I'm not sure about the gay thing there. I don't see these people as being likely to pick up local rent boys or anything problematic for the hotel. Matagalpa has had a Slut Walk, and has a women's dance/bar on Fridays (or at least did when the guide books were written, and had a Miss Gay Matagalpa pageant, so it seems like it's likely to be at least gay-tolerant or oblivious rather than hostile. The people attending are a majority guys, some women, and some women's children.
I really don't think Jinotega has enough going on to be a good con site. We'd have Selva Negra as a day trip, and possibly some trips into Managua, Leon, or Granada, depending on interest.
I've asked if people would rather hire a translator or try to muddle through on high school Spanish. If anyone knows someone who'd be a sympatico interpreter for the group, let me know. We'd probably be doing this next July or August, so I have some lead time -- and the current con is in Boone, NC, discussing this, so it may or may not be popular with the con-goers. I have also considered seeing if Matagalpa Tours can help us, and if so, how much that would cost.
See, even I commit tourism promotion sometime.