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Things to Do in Managua

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  • bucketlisttravellers
    Sydney, Australia3,783 contributions
    This waterfront area is a beautiful sprace with a lot of colourful decorations and pretty straw covered cabanas to sit under. This is a nice place to have a stroll and there are a few food kiosks with different international cuisines where you can buy something to eat. When we were there we were lucky enough to spot the resident crocodile swimming in the water nearby. This area used to be a dangerous area to visit, but it has been cleaned up in recent years and we felt very safe walking around here during the day. There’s plenty of parking and we paid 60 cordobas for parking.
    Written September 28, 2021
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  • YHater
    Oakville, Canada60 contributions
    It's an okay place for a short visit and the buildings on the square are somewhat interesting. There is also a memorial park to the Sandinista heroes on the west side. Parking is very easy and there is a big and free lot on the east side right beside the Palace of Culture.
    Written February 1, 2019
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  • Panamajoe2017
    Sechelt, Canada319 contributions
    A great viewpoint overlooking the city. Helps you get your bearings as you can see the old cathedral and the lake from the top. Costs one USD to walk up. Very clean park with everything well manicured and watered.
    Written December 3, 2019
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  • Jose Luis P
    Managua, Nicaragua2 contributions
    Very good place to walk around the different areas, very safe and area where you can find different options of bars and pubs
    Written November 6, 2018
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  • Tiffany
    Managua, Nicaragua71 contributions
    The Antigua Catedral or "old cathedral" is a beautiful piece of architecture in the heart of Managua.

    The structure is only to be observed from afar, as you are unable to go inside due to the aging state of the structure.

    If you would like to see a beautiful piece of history in the capital of Managua, the Antigua Catedral is a must see. Managua is filled with such history and the city tries to preserve what is left of it.

    We went during the COVID-19 pandemic, some months after the pandemic started. The Antigua Catedral was still open at the time and is still currently accepting visitors. The Catedral closes fairly early, at 1PM noon.
    Written September 23, 2020
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  • Trevor L
    Yaren359 contributions
    It was our delight to find a reading of Dario's poetry one evening at the National Theatre Building which bears his name. The exterior of the building is not overly exciting but the decoration on the inside are worth the price of admission alone. The theatre changes it's performances often and it is noted for the variety of production. Unfortunately, the Teatro is closed if there is no perfomance though if there is something on, make a beeline for it! The theater is divided into 2 areas. One with a large stage and high capacity seating for larger shows and the Crystal Room with 2 magnificent crystal chandeliers for smaller shows and art exhibits.
    Written October 8, 2017
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  • bucketlisttravellers
    Sydney, Australia3,783 contributions
    This is a high end shopping experience in Managua. This large shopping complex has indoor and outdoor areas, a good range of stores including Siman and La Colonia and there are plenty of restaurants and fast food places to choose from. You could easily spend a few hours shopping here.
    Written September 28, 2021
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  • bucketlisttravellers
    Sydney, Australia3,783 contributions
    This is a modern shopping centre in a central location in Managua. They have a range of different shops in a clean and air conditioned building. You can get here easily by bus or else there’s a large car park on site. There’s a Hotel Intercontinental right next door, which has an excellent Japanese restaurant.
    Written September 28, 2021
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  • drogilmour
    Guatemala City, Guatemala2,691 contributions
    These great plaza that borders the shore of lake Managua is decorated with LED light metal trees in colours (nicknamed trees of life), symbolizing the sandinissta revolution, amisdst the trees columns rise depicting the colours of the Nicaraguan and Sandinista flags. Nice place to visit by day but greater at evenings.
    Written April 15, 2017
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  • Myo M
    Coquitlam, Canada21,459 contributions
    A long rectangular & "fairly imposing" (although just 2-storied) building, the "national history" museum inside kind of spread out over two wings of the building on its 1st floor (with 2 "inner courtyards" between the wings) is not one with a great many displays from which you can actually learn about the history of the country (which is the experience I got from the national history museums of Chile, Brazil, Colombia & Costa Rica), but this one instead is one for what I would just describe as "an idea or a glimpse" of the national history. But that being said, it was quite enjoyable to go through a nice "timeline coverage" of the periods from pre-historic to pre-Columbian to colonial to modern day (actually in a sense a better timeline than those 4 museums as just mentioned which only start from the pre-Columbian period) with also displays ranging from interesting ones (such as tusks of pre-historic elephants, a fossilized "human footprint" from thousands of years ago & animal-shaped pottery objects called metates for burial or ceremonial purposes in the pre-Columbian times) to beautiful & colorful ones (such as human figures in bright clothes, miniature models of the country's famous cathedrals & the display I liked most here which is a big "colorful & 3-D" map of the country); and also adding to my nice museum tour was the staff lady who was my guide doing her best with historical narrations (& also some interesting folk tales & such). And yes, with two "inner courtyards" (as mentioned between the Museum's two wings), be sure not to miss these "sculptures of dancers" in one of those courtyards (life-sized ones placed in a circle which to me was just a "pretty interesting" set of sculptures to see and where nearby is also a "model hut" such as that of the pre-Columbian period).

    Located on the south side of Plaza de la Revolucion (which I was actually kind of surprised by its "total emptiness" without any trees or benches or statues as usually seen at many other main plazas of South & Central Americas), just to the right outside this museum is the cathedral which once was the city's "main cathedral" (until damaged by the earthquake of about 50 years ago although as far as I could see was one still "perfectly standing" today!), and at just about a 5-minute walk away (to the left after coming out of here, through the small wooded area like a mini-park, then to the right on the main street) is the promenade-like "lake front" of Lake Managua where apart from a pretty great view of the lake is also a long row of "various-colored" artificial trees (but each tree with only one color) & long vertical plates with colorful stripes likely those of the state or provincial flags of the country.
    Written October 20, 2020
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  • Alperez1954
    Miami, FL31 contributions
    There is a new place here YUNI’S
    The other one is great.
    Waiting to see it
    The hamburguesa “Hawaiian” you got to get that.
    Written February 21, 2018
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  • Asim A
    Chicago, IL124 contributions
    I try to visit Mosques to see local architecture for Mosques. This is a beautiful mosque I visited with my family. This mosque has library and even a play area on top of beautiful pray area inside. I was really surprise to see such a beautiful Mosque in Managua especially when Muslim population is not very large. Must visit when you are in Managua.
    Written July 2, 2018
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  • MarkyMAmsterdam
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands154 contributions
    We took Tica bus from Rivas, Nicaragua to San José, Costa Rica.

    They ask you to be a the bus stop 45 minutes before departure, which is ridiculous as they will never be that much earlier than the scheduled departure time (8.50am for the bus leaving Managua at 6.30hrs).
    If you do not enter the bus in Managua, but in one of the places after Managua, you can only see the departure time after you made the booking.

    We booked well in advance, but got different seats than we booked, because they changed the bus layout and our seatnumberd were on a different place than they were supposed to be. We were in almost non-reclining seats agains the toilet, surrounded by toilet odours all the time.
    Crossing the border took us 2,5 hours, while I would have been able to cross in 45 minutes if I was travelling independently. Obviously, it takes some to time to get 50 people across a border, but we were also waiting a lot for unclear reasons. I think it would have been cheaper en faster if I would have taken the bus from Rivas to the border, cross the border and take another bus to San José.
    Written May 21, 2022
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  • dod2015
    Los Angeles, CA228 contributions
    Unique exterior architecture. I came here by mistake but enjoyed the site anyways. Quiet, unassuming with a dignified interior sanctuary. Make sure to tell your taxi to go to the church in Plaza de la Revolucion if you want to visit the Antigua Cathedral de Managua, which is a much more imposing structure.
    Written March 23, 2018
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  • Tiffany
    Managua, Nicaragua71 contributions
    This park is located in the city of Managua. It is tucked away in the city, but it is really so beautiful!

    This park is well-guarded and is fairly quiet and well taken care of. The security guards and the landscapers were fairly friendly as we chatted with a few of them. This park is very safe and is a good option for children. There are numerous playground areas for kids in the park.

    We went on a weekday, and there were only a few locals there. If you are looking for a place to relax and just take a stroll, this is a great place. It is relaxing, safe, and well-kept.
    Written September 23, 2020
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