Managua, Nicaragua

The city of Managua was founded with the name of Villa de Santiago de Managua and is currently the capital of the Republic of Nicaragua. Located in Central America between Honduras and Costa Rica.

The city is bordered on the north by Lake Xolotlán, on the south by San Marcos and San Rafael del Sur, on the east by Matagalpa, Nindirí, Tucuantepe and Concepción and finally on the west by Villa Carlos Fonseca and Mateare. It has a population density of 2,132,421 inhabitants (2012) in its metropolitan area.

Culture

Managua like the rest of Nicaragua, has one of the most ingrained traditional folk legacies, its habits, idiosyncrasies and gastronomy, identify it as a happy, caring, hardworking and especially optimistic people who has overcome adversity and continues joining efforts to improvement.

The city of Managua has the largest cultural facilities such as: the Ruben Dario National Theater, National Palace of Culture, Cultural Center Managua, National School of Dance and Ballet.

Gastronomy

As in the rest of the country, in Managua it's possible to enjoy great food and drinks as: Gallo Pinto, Vigorón, Baho, Nacatamal, Caballo Bayo, tripe soup, etc.., And between drinks stand out: Cacao, Chicha, Pinolillo, all prepared with corn, some have some alcohol as the Chicha Bruja, the Guarón, there are also desserts as Icaco en miel, Tres Leches cake and Pio Quinto.

Weather

Managua has particularly warm and moist climate, essentially tropical , getting around 100 Fº in the warmer season of the year. There is a rainy season between May and December, and the rest of the year is hard to see a single rain drop of water in the entire city.

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Time Zone

-6h GMT

Air Transport

International Airport Augusto C. Sandino offers major flights, whether domestic or international. All international flights depart and arrive at the airport. The airport is located on the North Road, about 6.8 miles east of the heart of the city. Hotels, restaurants and shopping centers are easily accessible from the airport. Connects Nicaragua with major airports on the region and the rest of the world. It is a sophisticated airport that meet the requirements of the region and amuses travelers with craft shops, bars, restaurants among others.

Places of Tourist Interest

Puerto Salvador Allende

This new attraction is located on the Malecon of Managua, at the north of the city. It was opened in 2008, it's named in honor of the former Chilean President Salvador Allende.

This charming place is built in an environment where the wonderful nature enchants the tourist through the beauty of its beautiful landscaping, flowers with colorful petals, trees, palms, birds flying over the coast of the lake and a beautiful sunset, making the pier a fascinating and captivating place.

When visiting the port, the tourist can learn about the history of Lake Managua trough a photografic exhibition showing the first ships that sailed its waters as well as a panoramic view of the coast.

The main service provided in the pier it's a boat ride called "The Bride of Xolotlán" which makes a tour on the "Island of Love" which takes about 30 minutes.

The ship can accommodate 144 people, it's equipped with lifejackets, cafe, mini bar, TV, Karaoke, air conditioning and restrooms. The ride cost is $ 70.00 for adults and $ 30 for children on the upper deck of the ship, on the main deck $ 50.00 for adults and $ 20.00 for children.

The view of Managua from the waters of Xolotlán is charming, a satisfying experience gives the passengers the opportunity to appreciate the city from a different angle.

In the pier also find restaurants where you can sample food and drinks, cultural events, dance and traditional music, handicrafts shops, sports courts, clowns to entertain children and wooden built huts roofed with palm that give a magical and natural toch, all in a safe environment.

Allende port has private parking, the cost of vehicle admission is $ 10.00 whole place is adequately protected by public and private agents.

National Palace of Culture

The National Palace of Culture was built in 1935, is a property of high historical and architectural value, replaced the National Palace located at the same place since the nineteenth century, destroyed by the 1931 earthquake.

In 1996, in collaboration with the government of Japan and the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) through the Restoration Project this property in the amount of $ 1 million, allows the opening of the National Palace of Culture (PNC) for the facilities of the National Museum, National Library Ruben Dario (Public Library Network), the National Archives and the National Newspaper Library.

The building is a work of great importance National Heritage.

Harboring the National Library and the National Museum, with an unparalleled amount of historical documents of the nicaraguan national identity.

Tiscapa lagoon

The lake itself is nearly 15 hectares and was formed 10,000 years ago as the crater of an extinct volcano. Before the Spanish conquest, there were several among indigenous legends inspired by the lagoon. Pre-Columbian accessories found around it.

Activities

Canopy Tour in Tiscapa

Loma de Tiscapa historical park

How to get there

Tiscapa is ten minutes (by car) from Managua from the Metrocenter Mall and only five minutes from Plaza Inter. The easiest way to reach other than having your own vehicle is by taxi. The thousands of cheap taxis that cross the city know how to get to Tiscapa.

If you are driving, take direction from Plaza Inter, is just behind the Crowne Plaza (more or less pyramid). The road that leads to Tiscapa lagoon next to the hotel.

Footprints of Acahualinca

The footprints were made thousands of years ago at the edges of Lake Managua. Some workers found them by accident in 1874. Studies proved that these tracks are 6000 years old, making them the oldest tracks in America.

These tracks were left by a group of about 10 people (men, women and children). Some believe they were running away from the eruption of a near volcano, but a government study dismissed this idea. These people were not running for their lives, they probably were picking up food and water.

However, volcanic activity is the reason why these traces still remain. The prints were left in a layer of volcanic mud. When a near volcano erupted -the researchers are not sure wich one- a layer of volcanic ash covered the footprints and preserved them.

Only part of the track has been found. The other parts have probably been covered by volcanic material. In 1978, Jorge Espinoza, a Nicaraguan researcher dug in an area near where the tracks ended to see if he could find more. At a depth of 4 meters, in fact, more traces were found and is believed that the path continues further.

Footprints of Acahualinca (Nahuatl word with many meanings) are housed in a small museum. In addition to observing the tracks, you can also see some crafts that were found here and elsewhere in Nicaragua. Pre columbian tools, a skull from León Viejo and mammoth footprints are part of the museum's collection.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Fryday from 8:00am to 5:00pm

Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm

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