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Best things to do in Managua

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Where in the world: Central America  /  Nicaragua  /  Managua Department  /  Managua

Top 15 things to do in Managua

1. Puerto Salvador Allende

Go for a stroll along Lake Managua while taking in the sights and sounds of Puerto Salvador Allende. The waterfront is vibrant and colorful, with many restaurants and souvenir shops lining the harbor. You’ll notice many local families enjoying the view throughout the day, along with people taking advantage of the nearby skating grounds, playground, basketball courts and soccer field. Small huts, perfect for a picnic or enjoying a cold beverage, line the shores of the lake. At night the harbor turns in to a party destination for the local youth, with many bars and restaurants open until early in the morning.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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2. Santiago of Managua Cathedral

Explore the historic ruins of Santiago of Managua Cathedral, an important historical monument for the city. The cathedral survived several earthquakes since construction began in 1928. However, it was the disastrous 1972 Nicaragua earthquake that led to the building’s closure. Many thought the structure to be damaged beyond repair, but in recent years plans for the renovation and reopening of the site have begun. Although you can't enter the cathedral, its exterior makes an impressive sight. Created by Pablo Dambach, the building was not only designed in Belgium, but parts were actually constructed there and then shipped to Managua. Look up to the two intact towers, said to represent San Pedro and San Pablo, supported from the central structure by Christ.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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3. Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Leon

Visit Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the largest cathedral in Central America. A World Heritage Site, the imposing 18th-century cathedral was the first Catholic diocese in Nicaragua. Admire the grandiose building, designed in an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Baroque, Gothic, and Neoclassical. Step inside to see the luminous interior, featuring notable artworks such as a Flemish altarpiece and national artist Antonio Sarria's depiction of the stations of the cross. Some prominent nationals are laid to rest here, including poet Ruben Dario. Climb to the roof for panoramic views of the scenic city surroundings.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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4. Volcano Boarding Private Tour

FROM $72
Cerro Negro is the only volcano in the world where you can board down a 728 meters high live volcano. It is the youngest volcano in Central America and its last eruption happened in 1999, but don't worry its activity is monitored regularly. Volcano Boarding is one of the most ultimate adventures in Nicaragua and consider for most travelers a must-do activity. Our tours are completly private.
Suggested duration: 4h
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5. Mercado Roberto Huembes

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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7. Cerro Negro Volcano, Leon

Trek up Central America's youngest volcano, Cerro Negro Volcano. Born in 1850, the volcano has erupted frequently over the decades since it first appeared, but tour groups run hikes up towards the crater during times of inactivity. The basalt cinder cone looks entirely at odds with the surrounding lush hillsides, giving the opportunity for dramatic photography. Make sure you bring lots of water on your hike up the volcano: it's hot, dry, and windy the farther you go on the 45-minute hike. The way down remains much simpler, whether you wish to walk or sled down the volcano.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $59 › Learn more about Cerro Negro Volcano

8. Half-Day Leon City Tour

FROM $135
Leon city is a sight seen tour where you will enjoy of the plantations, way of living  architecture and the art while travelling very comfortable in our modern transportation. For more details please contact us and we will be glad to answer you.
Suggested duration: 3h 30min - 5h 30min
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9. Dive Nicaragua

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Ayurveda Marma Spa

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Loma de Tiscapa

Head into the hills to observe Loma de Tiscapa, a park and statue commemorating the great Nicaraguan freedom fighter Augusto Sandino. You’ll get to see an original tank from the time, and can also take a ride on a zip line if you’re feeling brave. The location affords spectacular views across the city to the sea, with volcanic scenery in the distance, so don’t forget your camera. Hire a guide to give you some background invormation about Sandino and the rebellion he led.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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12. Managua City Tour

FROM $88
Get to know historical sites in Managua and local attractions, delight with the panoramic views from many of these sites, all in company of a knowledgeable bilingual guide.
Suggested duration: 3h - 4h
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Explore an important part of Nicaraguan history with a visit to PALACIO DE LA CULTURA, a grandiose structure that houses the national museum. Commissioned by President Juan Bautista Sacasa in 1935 and built by architect Pablo Dambach, the building is one of the country's oldest structures undamaged by the devastating earthquake of 1972. Having housed the national congress for over 50 years, the building now holds the national library and the national museum, displaying pre-Columbian petroglyphs among other artifacts connected to Nicaraguan history.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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14. Plaza de la Revolucion

Witness the grand architecture standing tall over the historic center of the city at Plaza de la Revolucion. A cathedral, park, monument to the heroes of the revolution, and the museum of national culture surround the square, made from flat asphalt. It remains well lit day and night as floodlights and the surrounding buildings stay illuminated in the evening. Combine a visit to the square by heading inside the national museum or strolling through the park.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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15. Volcano Mombacho Adventure

FROM $55
the adventure begins here at mombacho volcano , with this amazing hiking around the crater ,where you can see breathtaken of Granada city , las isletas and volcano masaya..get in contact with the nature and get the best explanation with a profesional guide ..
Suggested duration: 3h 30min
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