City Name: Managua
Where is it located?: Managua is located in Nicaragua, in the western half of the country near the Pacific Ocean.
Why do people go there?: The city is cheap, and has the crime and poverty that go along with it. Often destroyed by natural disasters, Managua finds itself in a continual state of repair.
How do travelers get there?: Buses bring in backpackers from Costa Rica and Honduras. Those just visiting Nicaragua tend to fly directly into Managua’s airport.
Currency: Gold cordoba (NIO)
Population: 1.7 million
Languages: Spanish (official), English and indigenous languages on Atlantic coast
Neighborhoods: Ciudad Jardín
Attractions: Plaza de la Republica, Ancient History, No City Center
Accommodations: Managua Hostels
Tourist Office: Hotel Intercontinental, 1 cuadra al Oeste y 1 cuadra al Sur Managua +505-2-281-137, +505-2-227-185;; FAX +505-2-281-187; http://www.consuladodenicaragua.com/
Off-the-beaten-path: Roberto Huemes Market
Health Issues: Malaria risk high in 119 municipalities
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Late spring is best time to see the city.
City Specific Events: Santo Domingo de Guzmán Festival, Alegria por la Vida
How to get around?: Love those buses!
Good to know: Managua is the center of commerce, finance, manufacturing and transportation of Nicaragua.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Managua is the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport which is the only international airport in the entire Nicaragua.
Need more information?: Check out the Nicaragua travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.