7 Unique Experiences to Have in Managua

A sign bears the name of Nicaragua's famous rum, Flor de Cana
A sign bears the name of Nicaragua's famous rum, Flor de Cana | © Neil Wilsey / Flickr
Photo of Jack Guy
26 April 2018

The Nicaraguan capital is often just a stopover for many visitors to the country, but there are plenty of reasons to stick around. Here are some of the best experiences to be had in Managua.

Visit the Parque Histórico Nacional Loma de Tiscapa

Offering great views over the city, exploring this park is a great way to spend a morning. It’s home to the statue of Sandino that looms over the city, commemorating the revolutionary leader who brought down the dictator Somoza.

Sandino graffiti in Nicaragua | © Jorge Mejía Peralta / Flickr

Explore the Huellas de Acahualinca

This archaeological site lies just outside Managua, and features fossilized tracks of humans and various animals. Dating from 6,000 years ago, these tracks are presented alongside a decent museum of artefacts found during excavations.

Palacio Nacional, Managua, Nicaragua | © Zenia Nuñez / Flickr

Walk the Malecon

Managua isn’t much of a walking city, but the Malecon is a good spot for a wander. Grab a bite to eat at the Puerto Salvador Allende tourist complex and then walk it off during a stroll along the Malecon.

Be part of the zeitgest at Codice Espacio Cultural

This gallery and cultural space is the best spot in the city for contemporary art. Opening hours and shows vary, so check ahead before you go. Look out for the trendy crowd.

Check out the flora at the Arboretum Nacional

Home to more than 200 species of plants from the five major ecosystems of Nicaragua, this arboretum is a welcome oasis of green in a very concrete city. The modest $0.30 entrance fee includes a guided tour.

Ogle at the condemned cathedral

Visitors are banned from entering the Managua cathedral due to extensive damage due to the regular earthquakes that shake the city. You can peer through the outer fence and try to spot the damage, but no one is allowed inside.

The Old Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua | © eric molina / Flickr

Check the listings at the Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario

Named after Nicaragua’s most famous poet, this theatre hosts regular cultural events. Take a look at the listings and see if you’ve been lucky enough to catch a show.

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