Managua

Managua is the capital city of Nicaragua. It is also the largest city in Nicaragua. The city has a population of roughly 1,800,000, composed predominantly of mestizos and whites... more

Managua

Managua is the capital city of Nicaragua. It is also the largest city in Nicaragua. The city has a population of roughly 1,800,000, composed predominantly of mestizos and whites; making it the second most populous city in Central America after Guatemala City.

Managua's location between the rival cities of León and Granada made it a logical and ideal compromise site in determining the nation's capital. Managua's economy is based mainly on trade. The city is Nicaragua's chief trading center for coffee, cotton, and other crops. It is also an important industrial center. Its chief products for trade include beer, coffee, matches, textiles, and shoes.
 
The city has been witness to the rise and fall of political powers throughout Nicaragua's history and suffered devastating earthquakes in 1931 and 1972. Managua is the economic, political, cultural, commercial and industrial center of Nicaragua. Since the 1972 earthquake, residential and business areas have been built on the outskirts of Managua. Managua has been dubbed as the Venice of Central America because of its escalating use of makeshift canals that can be found throughout the city.
 
Nicaragua is one of Latin America's economically friendly destinations. Its hotel, food and transportation costs are a fraction of its neighbors. Eating at local restaurants is extremely inexpensive, and for $30, a meal for four can be served at these locations. Fast food locations are relatively similar to those in North America and Europe in terms of price. High-end restaurants are also affordable. Foreign cuisine, like French and Italian specialities, are served at high-end locations for a fraction of the price found in North American and European cities. Transportation is equally affordable with bus trips for less than US$1.00 and taxi services. Hotels, as anywhere, vary from cheap hostels to full service five stars that can run into the thousands of cordobas.
 
 
Nicaragua has made considerable strides in terms of providing police presence and order throughout the country. Crime is relatively low, and the country has been historically ranked as the safest country by INTERPOL and has been ranked as one of Latin America's top 5 safest countries by the Vision of Humanity project. However, starting in 2008, reports of low-level gang violence began coming in from Honduras and El Salvador. The National Nicaraguan Police have been successful in apprehending gang members and reducing organized crime.
Tourists are advised to remain alert at all times in Managua. Although gang activity is not a major problem in Managua nor Nicaragua, caution should be exercised. Tourists are advised to travel in groups, or with someone trusted who understands Spanish.

 

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  El Eskimo Restaurant has been a great institution in Nicaragua for over 60 years.    The Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to a faithful local and foreign clientele.

Ola Verde was founded as a small business in 2003 in Nicaragua with the mission to create a win-win opportunity for consumers and small producers, particularly those growing organically and according to fair-trade philosophy.

Cocina de Dona Haydee, a place where tradition and roots Nicaraguans feel the taste of their delicious dishes and colonial atmosphere, which undoubtedly will bring fond memories of your visit to our country.

Fusion Food Restaurant that mixes the ingredients and kitchens Nicaraguan, French, Peruvian, Asian, Mediterranean and International. High quality food at competitive prices. Selective Wine & Spirits offer. Service first. Local within their own fores...

La Terraza Peruana es un restaurante ubicado en el corazon de managua que ofrece alta cocia Peruana, Carnes, Mariscos, Postres y bebidas Peruanas

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At the end of the 19th century one of the largest and most important centers for artistic and cultural expositions in Nicaragua was created: the National Museum. The collection of the National Museum is nowadays housed in a monumental building and i...

Managua’s most iconic and evocative landmark, the Catedral Santiago de los Caballeros in the Plaza de la Rvolución, had barely been completed when the earthquake of 1931 struck. It survived relatively unscathed that time, but was all but destroyed b...

Managua’s Plaza de la Revolución, ostensibly just an open area, has become a living monument to the incessant bickering of Nicaragua’s political elite. Under Somoza, it was known as Plaza de la República. The rebel Sandinista movement assembled huge...

Modest but intriguing, the site is a simple interpretation center built over the fossilized footprints of Managua’s earliest known inhabitants who fished Lake Managua 4,000 years before Christ. The prehistoric footprints were found in the last centu...

Laguna de Apoyo

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Nicaragua’s cleanest and most enticing swimming hole is Laguna de Apoyo, just outside of Masaya. Actually a lake that formed in the drowned volcanic crater of the long extinct Apoyo Volcano, the lagoon floor reaches 200 meters in depth—the lowest po...

Managua Dining

  El Eskimo Restaurant has been a great institution in Nicaragua for over 60 years.    The Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to a faithful local and foreign clientele.

Ola Verde was founded as a small business in 2003 in Nicaragua with the mission to create a win-win opportunity for consumers and small producers, particularly those growing organically and according to fair-trade philosophy.

Cocina de Dona Haydee, a place where tradition and roots Nicaraguans feel the taste of their delicious dishes and colonial atmosphere, which undoubtedly will bring fond memories of your visit to our country.

Fusion Food Restaurant that mixes the ingredients and kitchens Nicaraguan, French, Peruvian, Asian, Mediterranean and International. High quality food at competitive prices. Selective Wine & Spirits offer. Service first. Local within their own fores...

La Terraza Peruana es un restaurante ubicado en el corazon de managua que ofrece alta cocia Peruana, Carnes, Mariscos, Postres y bebidas Peruanas