Nicaragua - Managua
While Managua might not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a trip to Nicaragua, most visitors quickly find that Nicaragua’s capital city has its practicality and even some of its own quirky charms.
Managua, Nicaragua’s capital since 1855 is home to almost two million inhabitants and is easily the largest city in Nicaragua. In 1972, an earthquake almost completely destroyed the city and took more than ten thousand lives. The lack of an historic city center means that Managua is a city to travel by taxi or private vehicle. Directions are not always easy because the streets have no names (this was a source of inspiration for rock band U2 to write the song ’Where the streets have no name’).
Nowadays, Managua has recovered economically, but still remains a city of extreme contrasts between the rich and the poor.
Although the historic city centre has vanished almost completely, Managua still has a lot to offer its visitors: theatres, restaurants, discotheques, bars, and cinemas just to name a few. At Roberto Huembes market, you can experience an authentic street market and buy well made souvenirs and handicrafts.
Natural reserves and beach destinations are also within an arm’s reach: in the city you can enjoy the views at the Tiscapa Lagoon (of volcanic origin) where you can even do a canopy tour. Just outside the city, the Montibelli bird and butterfly reserve and the Chocoyero national reserve are also recommendable.
In addition the Pacific Coast, an hour away, at Pochomil and Montelimar offers some excellent beaches.
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