Many travelers tend to spend as little time in Managua as possible; with poorly signed streets and the lack of a true city center, it can be difficult to enjoy. Take a few days to see the sights, marvel at the volcanic skyline, enjoy the waterfront promenade, and then be on your way to exploring the rest of the country!
*View exhibits on the indigenous Nahuatl culture, gold mines, pre-Colombian statues and pottery, and the formation of the lakes and volcanoes at the Museo Nacional.
*See the ruins of the old cathedral, damaged by the destructive earthquake of 1972. At night, lighting and music make it even more mysterious and intriguing! The new cathedral is worth checking out too for its interesting architecture!
*Climb to the top of the hill at Parque Histórico Nacional Loma de Tiscapa for great views of the city and Volcán Momotombo.
*In addtion to over 200 species of plants on display, look for NicaraguaŽs national tree, the madriño, at the Arboretum Nacional.
*Check out the ancient footprints, Huellas de Acahualinca, that are estimated to be between 6,000 and 7,000 years old!
*Find just about anything you could ever want, or maybe never want, at the Mercado Oriental, a bustling taste of true Managauan life!
When to go
The weather in Managua is hot and humid nearly year-round with temperatures averaging between 30°C and 34°C. It can get a bit chilly in December and January and the afternoon showers cool things down a bit during the rainy season from May to September.
The Festival de Santo Domingo takes place during the first week of August. ManaguaŽs biggest celebration features a carnival, parades, fireworks, dancing, music, sporting events and much more!
How to get there
The airport is located just 11km east of Managua and is easily reached by bus or taxi.
International bus operators offer service from other Central American destinations such as San José, Panama City, Tegucigalpa and Guatemala City.
Citizens of most EU Countries, the UK, Australia, Canada and USA are permitted to stay for up to 90 days in Nicaragua. A tourist visa must be purchased at the airport upon arrival for US$5.
A 10% tip is expected at restaurants and sometimes may be included in the bill. DonŽt confuse a tip with the 15% value added tax which is also included. Taxi drivers donŽt expect tips, and the custom is optional but appreciated at hotels. Be sure to tip tour guides as that is often their only salary.