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Managua is Nicaragua's capital and its largest city. It was founded in 1819 as a fishing village, but soon was seen as a prospect for the nation's capital, due to its location halfway between rival cities Granada and León. In 1852, it was declared the nation's capital and has since grown into the political, cultural and economic centre of the country. While there aren't a great deal of attractions in Managua to entice travellers, the city does have a handful of worthwhile sites. Most of these can be found in the city's ruined old centre. Among these are the Old Cathedral and the National Palace of Culture, an impressive building that now houses the National Library, National Archive and National Museum.
Managua has a tropical climate with generally hot and humid conditions. Temperatures are around or just above 30 degrees Celcius during the day most of the year and most areas are still above 20 degrees Celcius at night. Nicaragua has two seasons regarding rainfall. A dry and slightly cooler November to April season and a wet season (but not raining all day) during May to October. Hurricanes occasionally hit the country from July/August onwards.
Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) near Managua is where planes depart and arrive. TACA has international flights to and from Miami, Los Angeles, San Salvador and San José in Costa Rica. Other destinations include Guatemala City, Panama City, Havana, Montreal, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and several other regional destinations.
La Costena has services to the following domestic destinations: Bluefields, Corn Islands, Minas, Puerto Cabezas, San Carlos and Waspam. Atlantic Airlines has domestic flights as well to the same destinations. Taca Regional has some services as well.
Buses travel between Managua and San José in Costa Rica and to San Salvador in El Salvador. Some continue all the way to Guatemala and Panama. Try Ticabus and Transnica for some examples of international connections.
Nicaraguan bus schedules, including those to and from Managua, can be found at thebusschedule.com.
|Elena Borgen||Bello Horizonte VI Etapa 217 Del Experimental Mexico 4 C. Arriba 2 C.||Guesthouse||77|
|Hotel Camino Real||Km 9.5 Carretera Norte Carretera Norte||Hotel||-|
|Hotel DLido||Auto Nica 2 1/2c al sur Km 3 Carretera sur||Hotel||80|
|Hotel Europeo||Del Canal 2, 75 vrs abajo Residencial Bolonia||Hotel||88|
|Hotel Ticomo||Km 8 1/2 Carretera Sur||Hotel||-|
|Managua Backpackers Inn||Colonial Los Robles Monte Los Olivos 1 c. Norte, 1 c. Oeste, ½ c. Norte Casa #55||Hostel||83|
|Nicaragua Guest House||Bello Horizonte Vi Etapa 217 Rotonda Larreynaga 2 C. Sur 2 1/2 Abajo||Guesthouse||81|
|Marlenes Bed and Breakfast||Cuadro al Oeste Cuadro al Sur||GUESTHOUSE||75|
|Angel Azul Hotel Boutique||Villa Fontana 17||Hotel||-|
|Managua Hills Bed and Breakfast||From Main Entrance of Las Colinas 2 Blocks East 2 Blocks South||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Villa Angelo||Del Hospital Militar 3 cuadras al Norte 2 1/2 cuadras Oeste. Bolonia||Hotel||87|
|Hotel Casa Naranja||km 4 1/2 Carretera Masaya||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Shalom||De Montoya Calle 27 de mayo.||HOTEL||-|
|El Gueguense||de la Estatua de Montoya una y media cuadra al sur||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Colonnade Nicaragua||Altamira plans, Pharaohs Casino, 1C. North West 30||HOTEL||-|
|Farmstay El Porton Verde||Road to Masaya, Km 10.5 from San Anton Green Gate on Left||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel El Almendro||Rotonda Metrocentro 1 cuadra al sur, 3 cuadras al||HOTEL||-|
|Hostal La Casa de los Abuelos||Hospital Infantil 1 1/2 c. Norte.||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Real Altamira||Avenida principal de Altamira D. Este||HOTEL||-|
|Hostal Doña Ida||Colonial Los Robles, de la uno Plaza el Sol 3 cuadras al sur 2 y media al oeste, casa No 73||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Villa Americana||Planes de Altamiria No. 12 Km 4.5 Carretera Masaya||HOTEL||-|
|Backpackers Manahuac||Hotel Seminole 1 cuadra oeste, 4 cuadras al sur||HOSTEL||-|
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