Managua Travel Guide

  • Statue to Simon Bolivar, Managua
    Statue to Simon Bolivar, Managua
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    Wall mural
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  • Managua's Old Cathedral
    Managua's Old Cathedral
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Managua Things to Do

  • the new cathedral

    Aftre the earthquake in 1972 the old cathedral was destroyed and a Mexican architect Legoreta build a new one in 1991. He won a price for this cathedral. I understand why, I loved it. The nickname of this building is "the ***".

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  • Go party at Santa Domingo

    On August 1 early in the morning the statue of Saint Dominic is carried from one church to another one. Followed by thousands of people some drunk, some black from motor oil. Most of them dressed up. You can buy food. Fireworks are lighted. It is like carnaval, people are happy not agressiveGo early morning 9 o clock or something

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  • Acahualinca Museum

    Acahualinca is the oldest and one of the most marginalized neighborhoods in Managua, also one of the most interesting. Located in the barrio center is a small community center with a museum of precolumbian artifacts that have been unearthed in the area. It is a bit difficult to get to but worth it if you know what you are going to see. It is the...

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  • Want to play pool ??????

    Managua is a city that can be extremely dangerous at night if you don't know where your going... so use extreme caution ....That being said ... I was taken at night to play pool at a place called Pool Ocho .. which translated is Pool Eight .... a nice billiards hall with Air Conditioning and a nice but small bar .....We played for almost 2 hours...

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  • Very, Very Good !!!!

    Nicaragua has several national rums and beers ..... When I first visited almost 15 years ago .. I had tried the Toña beer and didn't really like it .... but as you get older and wiser you taste palatechanges as you travel to all parts of the world and try and drink different things ....And I must say .... I was served a Toña that was so cold that...

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  • Mercado Oriental

    If you really want to experience Managua....then head to the market....and when I mean market....it's a market unlike any market you have ever seen in your life !!!!! Stay on the many isle and stay away from people trying to exchange your US dollars for the local currency !!!! Be forwarned....when entering the meat part of the market be ready for...

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  • New Managua´s Cathedral. Interior.

    The interior of the church gives a sense of spaciousness and simplicity, i loved the yellow interior of the domes

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  • New Managua´s Cathedral.

    After visiting the Plaza de la Revolucion with the ruins of the old Cathedral, i took the road to Granada to visit the new Cathedral. The church is located on an empty field near one of the particular traffic rings of the new city. It was designed by Ricardo Legoreta in 1991 and inagurated in 1993. Since the beggining the church created much...

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  • Laguna de Tiscapa.

    This volcanic lagoon formed in the crater of the old Tiscapa Volcano, is one of the city most important sights. It´s located in the middle of the Old and New Managua. Used to be a popular place for visitors during week-ends, now the lagoon is heavily poluted. There is a canopy line from the top to the shores of the lagoon.

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Managua Restaurants

  • Best salads in the country!

    The food and service are amazing! Good safe location and lots of parking space. The ambient is good in the terrace. Good place to have drinks and enjoy a healthy salad or delicious burgers and steaks Ensalada De pollo Thai. You won't regret it

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  • The best in Nicaragua

    Nicaragua isn't a country where you will find a great deal of foreign cuisine .... with that being said ... Los Ranchos is at the top of the restaurant scene in Managua .... Expect to pay foreign prices ... but don't get me wrong it's still nothing compared to the civilized 1st word countries like France, England, etc., ....Prices start at $2 US...

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  • Food at Mercado Roberto Huembes

    Roberto Huembes is a large market and of course there is also a section with many food stalls. Where I was eating I could choose from several bowls what I wanted to have on my plate. I had meat (warm from the grill), rice, plantain, tomatoes and some kind of squash. It was a good meal and it was only 35 cordobas (July 2009), which was about 1.75...

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  • Food court at Metrocentro

    At Metrocentro shopping mall there is one of these typical food courts of malls, full with fast food restaurants and a constant background noise of music, lots of people talking, food and drinks being prepared at many restaurants and chairs being moved. At Metrocentro you can find McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Subway, several chicken places...

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  • Finally Some Asian Food

    Reminded me of some small places in China Town, San Fransisco. Comfotrtable seating, great music and friendly service; Sabor is one of the first Asian restaurants in Managua that has a chance of making it. I had the curry chicken which was very good. I've also had the hummus appetizer which was excellent.

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  • Searching for Breakfast

    On my first morning in Managua I was eager to explore to city and also hungry for breakfast. I decided to take a walk around town, expecting to find a suitable restaurant. More than one hour and 25 blocks later I was hungrier than ever and still had found no place to eat - not a single open restaurant of any kind. I passed a couple of restaurants...

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Managua Nightlife

  • Club Broder

    Broder is one the best places to party if you're young, people that go are usually between 18-23 years old, is always open bar of rum and vodka, it opens on Tuesdays , Thursdays and Saturdays. The cover is most of the time like $7 dollars. The music is really good you would hear electro, salsa, reggaeton everything!. I completely recommend...

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  • a trip to the third World

    I would not recommend this club. It shows you why Nicaragua is a third world Country. I took an American-Hindu friend of mine there. We were well dress, but my friend, (who looks like a local), was deny entrance to the club. This happened two nights in a row. The first night, we got the excuse they were having a private birthday party. We thought...

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  • Alianza francesa, Managua

    Presents international film at 8 pm every Wednesday to Saturday. And it's FREE!!

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Managua Transportation

  • Travel by train to Leon

    I still remember the train journey, long, very long, from Managua to León, but I liked it. I was the only tourist on board. Those were the times of the communism (year 1984) of Daniel Ortega, and everything was so cheap that I bought several book in León for just cents, to read them during my one month stay in that country, mostly in Corn...

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  • Are you kidding !!!!!

    Don't even think about taking the local bus......your just looking for trouble at that point !!!!! The buses run it seem everywhere, but the chances that you get on the right bus are slim and the chances that you exist the bus with all of your possesions...even slimmer !!!!! Don't be cheap.....Take a taxi.....ask for the price then bargain for the...

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  • Flying from Managua to Corn Island

    I bought the ticket for the flight from a travel agent in Granada about 10 days ahead of the journey. A return ticket with La Costeña was 177 US dollars (July 2009).4.30 in the morning I took a shuttle from the hostel in Managua to the airport. It took half an hour to the airport and as I shared it with someone else it was 10 dollars, otherwise it...

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Managua Shopping

  • Want to buy Cuban products this is it...

    Duty Free inside the airport Besides Mexico....this is a place where you can find Cuban cigars and Cuban Rum at a decent price...of course you find them (these product) all over the world, but you will pay an arm and a leg. Here and in Mexico prices are great for Cohbia's, Montecristo's, Romeo & Juliet cigars...and of course one of the best...

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  • Inner City Shopping Mall

    The downtown area of Managua has scores of small tiendas of various kinds. However, near the center of the city is also a large modern shopping mall, Plaza Inter. Here, across the street from the Crown Plaza Hotel, you will find you will find a department store, three levels of shops, a multi-screen cinema, an Internet cafe, a bustling food court,...

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Managua Local Customs

  • Protest

    There is a tent city with 70 inhabitants living in very poor conditions, but they are NOT homeless. They are protesting the use of pesticides in sugar cane fields—around 8,000 people have died from exposure to them. The protesters have been living in this field instead of their own homes for 6 years, and they have made some progress—workers now...

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  • The big yellow trees

    The government is erecting a large number of yellow metal trees along the streets in Managua as a symbol of the city. They are attractive, but Nicaragua isn’t a rich country and each tree costs about $6,000.

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  • Trash Everywhere

    Nicaragua was the 53rd country of the world I have visited and nowhere else have I seen so much litter, although some other Central American countries are almost as bad. Trash is virtually everywhere - tons of it - paper, plastic and more, along rural roads, on city streets and in open fields. This eyesore is very distracting and is probably a...

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Managua Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't Photograph Military Installations

    Getting arrested at gunpoint in Managua was not on my "To Do" list when I visited Nicaragua, but it became my most vivid memory of the country.I was walking along one of the major streets of Managua, taking pictures of just about everything I saw, when I was suddenly apprehended at gunpoint by a soldier pointing a very large and angry looking gun...

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  • warning

    when u go to the bus stops make sure u have no fancy stuff on or anything that make u look that ur from somewhere else because if u do gangs or robbers might kill u just to get wat they want so b CAREFUL !!!!! and dont walk alone cuz they will get u

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  • Bad areas

    The barrios in Managua were caution is much advised are the following barrios; Renee Schick, Jorge Dimitrov, La Fuente, San Judas, Villa Venezuela, Batahola, Las Americas, BEllo Amanecer, Vida Nueva, Los Pescadores, Domitila Lugo, Santana, and Hialeah. Also, the walk from the hospedajes of Barrio Martha Buezad and the Plaza International should be...

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Managua Tourist Traps

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    Dont change foreign currency on airport

    by Carguja Written Jan 4, 2012

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    you will be robbed in the airport if you change money, exchange rate iis 19 cordobas per 1 USD and in the streets of Managua rate is 23 cordobas per 1 USD, unless you dont care about your money chnage in the airport...

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Managua Favorites

  • Entrance fee and documents to Enter

    For those who carry US passports .... there is a $10 entry fee upon arrival in Managua .. CASH ONLY AND IN US DOLLARS !!!!!!!! ... and you must also fill out 3 different entry forms .... I have no idea why in the world would they make you fill out so many forms ... I guess the government is trying to keep eye on those entering the country. Forms...

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  • Internet Cafes

    I love the internet and sometimes wonder how I ever got along without it. I planned my trip to Central America on the internet and while I was there, I emailed home every day to give Karen an update on my trip.The two Internet Cafes pictured here are the places I stopped to check my email while in Managua. I saw several other Internet cafes. In...

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  • Baseball Game

    The most popular sport is baseball in Nicarauga!! Watching baseball game in Estadio Denis Martinez for the first time!

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