Managua is the capital of Nicaragua,Known as both the “city of Peace” and the “Daughter of War”, the capital is home to more than 1.4 million people, cosmopolitan charms, tree-lined boulevards and a volcanic skyline. The city pulses around you, offering excellent restaurants, a rich cultural heritage and great nightlife.
Best Time to Visit
Visiting Nicaragua in November – April. Nicaragua’s dry season begins in November, when the majority of places enjoy dry, sunny days and mild temperatures. This makes it the ideal time for exploring the colonial cities, beaches, volcanoes and nature reserves the country is so famous for.
Top Places to Visit in Managua
1. Palacio Nacional de la Cultura
There are a number of outstanding museums in the city, and the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura is one of the best. The collection’s timeline dates back 500 million years to the formation of the volcanoes and lakes that dot the Nicaraguan landscape before detailing pre-Columbian statuary with one of the country’s best collections of pottery. Other exhibits highlight the Spanish colonial period and the Sandino and Sandinista eras. One large gallery covers nearly 500 years of regional art. The small admission price includes a 30-minute guided tour, but it is only available in Spanish.
2. Footprints of Acahualinca
One of the most intriguing sites in Managua is the Footprints of Acahualinca, fossilized tracks discovered in 1874. The tracks are evidence of the passage of a group of people who crossed the shores of Lago de Managua over 6,000 years ago. The on-site museum presents artifacts from the excavation, including ceramics and human skulls.
3. Statue of Sandino
The most recognizable landmark in the city is the statue of Sandino that stands at his site of execution at the Parque Historico Nacional Loma de Tiscapa. Visitors to the historic park can also walk past the relics of one of the country’s most notorious prisons and see a memorial to the revolutionaries killed during the war. Hike to the top of the hill to catch some of the most incredible views of the city and the Volcan Momotombo.
4. Monumento a Rubén Darío
Erected in 1933, the original statue was soon covered with graffiti and fell into disrepair, but it was refurbished in 1998 due to community pressure. The statue of Nicaragua’s favorite son is near the lake by the Plaza de la República, and it remains a symbol of the country.
5. Arboretum Nacional
Arboretum Nacional offers peaceful respite. Opened in 1990, the arboretum is home to over 200 species of plants. The best exhibits focus on the central lowlands and dry tropical forest ecosystems, and other highlights include the sacuanjoche, the national flower, and the madrono, the national tree.