Latin America Travel & Tour Information
Managua Travel Information
Nicaraguans do know how to celebrate their people's traditions. Managua, the country's capital will show you all about it. A good example, the 10-day festivity every year in August dedicated to Santo Domingo de Guzmán, the city's patron Saint: massive processions behind the saint's statue, joyful street dancing, folk music, typical colorful costumes, thousands of flowers and little flags, general enthusiasm, the Blessing of the Ship unforgettable days of popular zeal and cultural display.
What is these streets hidden treasure? Even outside festive days, Managua offers really good restaurants, excursions and entertainment. Its parks and monuments are perfect places to spend mornings and afternoons: Rubén Darío Park, Park Central, San Pedro Cemetery-Museum Park, Maestro Gabriel Monument, Carlos Fonseca Amador Mausoleum, among other historical sites. It is recommended to carry a city map, since many of the streets are unnamed, what makes it difficult to get the right directions. There are 4 main choices for nighttime entertainment, two of them are particularly ideal: 'Zona Rosa' and 'Zona Viva', casinos, discos, bars and restaurants.
A look from the surrounding hills will give you a better idea of the city's skyline, buildings and the beautiful Managua Lake, whose beaches you should not miss. Downtown still bears the scars of a devastating earthquake in 1972. Fortunately, some of the buildings have been partially or totally restored, such is the case of the old Cathedral and the National Palace. A bit of nice breeze by the waterfront cools you down after exploring 'Roberto Huembes' and 'Oriental' crafts markets.
Managua's special charm comes from its four lagoons. Tiscapa Lagoon located more to the city's center, treasures historical traces on its shores and some opportunities for adventure sports. Nejapa Lagoon features an irregular water volume, but excellent restaurants all along. Asososca is the city's chief source of fresh water. Finally, there is tiny Acahualinca Lagoon.
Acahualinca is also one of Managua's neighborhoods, which hosts an extraordinary archeology museum: 6.000-year-old human and animal footprints immortalized in volcanic material.