Managua Travel Facts

The Basics

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

Travel Information

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;

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.

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