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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.