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Managua is bountiful in natural beauty and a wonderful destination for travelers. Situated amid dormant volcanos and “crater lakes”, this capital city was once known as the, “Paris of Central America”. After the earthquake of 1972, the majority of the cosmopolitan city was wiped out. Modern day Managua is the center for commerce and culture and is known for its range of restaurants, its hopping nightlife, a treasure trove of history and breathtaking flora and fauna awaiting discovery from intrepid adventurers and visitors.
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Dormant Volcanoes & Sandboarding
One of the most unique adventures in Managua is to visit the numerous dormant volcanoes that surround the city, and even try out the newest adrenaline adventure called, Sandboarding. Just a short day trip from Managua, you’ll find the Cerro Negro Volcano, also known as “The Black Hill.” Hike to the top and slide down for a breathtaking ride that you won’t find anywhere else!
A Cup of Nicaraguan Coffee
Nicaragua has rich agriculture plains and fertile soil that are devoted to growing its main exports: coffee, cotton and corn. The rich coffee grown here is known world-wide and can be tasted first-hand at one of the many coffee shops that have cropped up over the past few years in Managua. Your trip isn’t complete without a stop at one of these boutique coffee shops.
Nightlife in Managua
If Managua is known for anything, it’s the nightlife and its music scene. Ranging from traditional latin rhythms to modern electronica, reggaeton and everything in between, Managua showcases local and national talent and delivers the energy to eager travelers. If you’re interested in learning salsa or bachata, there are also a number of locations to learn a new skill or hone your moves on the dance floor.
The Historical Loma de Tiscapa Park
This unique and notable park in Managua houses the city’s most famous landmark, the looming silhouette statue of Sandino. The national park tells the gruesome history of Nicaragua and was once the site of Casa Presidencial. When you visit, you’ll also be able to look over one of the most famous crater lakes in Managua, Volcan Tiscapa, as well as an incredible 360 view of the city.
Visit the National Arboretum
This little-known jewel in Managua is a must-do for all outdoorsy types on holiday. The park is home to more than 200 species of native trees with varied tropical flora and fauna and is quickly becoming popular among visitors. The best month to visit is in March when Managua’s national flower is blooming and you can smell the sweet aroma throughout the arboretum.
A Family Trip to Puerto Salvador Allende
A perfect day trip for the whole family, Puerto Salvador offers a breezy lakefront complex that is preferred destination for both locals and travelers alike. You’ll find numerous restaurants with a wide range of food offers from casual, typical food to more formal, sit-down restaurants by the lake. There are playgrounds that your kids will love and paths along the lake for nature walks.