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Introduction

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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.

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Weather

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.

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Getting There

By Plane

International
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.

Domestic
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.

By Bus

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.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Elena BorgenBello Horizonte VI Etapa 217 Del Experimental Mexico 4 C. Arriba 2 C.Guesthouse85
Hotel Camino RealKm 9.5 Carretera Norte Carretera NorteHotel87
Hotel DLidoAuto Nica 2 1/2c al sur Km 3 Carretera surHotel84
Hotel EuropeoDel Canal 2, 75 vrs abajo Residencial BoloniaHotel88
Hotel TicomoKm 8 1/2 Carretera SurHotel-
Managua Backpackers InnColonial Los Robles Monte Los Olivos 1 c. Norte, 1 c. Oeste, ½ c. Norte Casa #55Hostel83
Nicaragua Guest HouseBello Horizonte Vi Etapa 217 Rotonda Larreynaga 2 C. Sur 2 1/2 AbajoGuesthouse81
Marlenes Bed and BreakfastCuadro al Oeste Cuadro al SurGUESTHOUSE75
Angel Azul Hotel BoutiqueVilla Fontana 17Hotel-
Managua Hills Bed and BreakfastFrom Main Entrance of Las Colinas 2 Blocks East 2 Blocks SouthGuesthouse-
Hotel Villa AngeloDel Hospital Militar 3 cuadras al Norte 2 1/2 cuadras Oeste. BoloniaHotel87
Hotel Casa Naranjakm 4 1/2 Carretera MasayaHOTEL-
Hotel ShalomDe Montoya Calle 27 de mayo.HOTEL-
El Gueguensede la Estatua de Montoya una y media cuadra al surHOTEL87
Hotel Colonnade NicaraguaAltamira plans, Pharaohs Casino, 1C. North West 30HOTEL82
Farmstay El Porton VerdeRoad to Masaya, Km 10.5 from San Anton Green Gate on LeftGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel El AlmendroRotonda Metrocentro 1 cuadra al sur, 3 cuadras alHOTEL-
Hostal La Casa de los AbuelosHospital Infantil 1 1/2 c. Norte.GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Real AltamiraAvenida principal de Altamira D. EsteHOTEL-
Hostal Doña IdaColonial Los Robles, de la uno Plaza el Sol 3 cuadras al sur 2 y media al oeste, casa No 73GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Villa AmericanaPlanes de Altamiria No. 12 Km 4.5 Carretera MasayaHOTEL-
Backpackers ManahuacHotel Seminole 1 cuadra oeste, 4 cuadras al surHOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes can be found in most larger cities and popular areas, but even in smaller towns you will usually be able to connect somewhere.
Wifi is generally free at most hotels, with the notable exception of larger chain hotels, which generally charge between US$3 and US$8 per day.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The international phone code of Nicaragua is 505. The general emergency number is 911, though you can contact police (118), fire (115) and ambulance (128) separately if you want.

Nicaragua's cell phone system utilizes GSM 1900 technology. So, if you have a GSM phone that supports the 1900 band you can either use your phone as is at international rates or if your cell phone is unlocked , you can purchase a SIM card for your phone and you will have a local cell number and be charged local cell rates. Both Claro and Movistar provide cell phone service in the country. Claro is run by the old national phone company (ENITEL) that has now been privatized.

Another option is to buy a cell phone locally. Disposable cell phones are quite inexpensive, usually costing about US$20.

You can also purchase local prepaid phone cards that can be used at pay phone across the country. The different pay phone systems each have their own phone cards, so pay attention to which type you purchase.

Post

Correos de Nicaragua provides postal services. It's fairly cheap but not extremely reliable or fast. Post offices are generally open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Airmail postage for a standaard letter or postcard from Nicaragua to North America is US0.60 and US$1 to Europe. Mail takes on average between 7 and 10 days to get to the U.S. and Europe. Though it's fine for sending a postcard, you'd better use companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx to send parcels internationally.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 12.14746
  • Longitude: -86.27339

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