El Brujo Waterfall in Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve. Photo © Tomas Benavente/123rf.

Spend a Night at Chocoyero-El Brujo Nature Reserve

Less than 28 kilometers away from downtown Managua is a little pocket of wilderness so vibrant with wildlife you’ll forget the capital is literally just over the horizon. The Chocoyero-El Brujo Nature Reserve a naturalist’s paradise; among hardwood forests and pineapple farms, you’ll find waterfalls, hiking, and camping alongside numerous species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

View of Managua from La Loma de Tiscapa. Photo © Elizabeth Perkins.

Managua’s Revolutionary Driving Tour

Historical trivia buffs, take note! A lot of Managua’s most historically salient points are close to invisible, in stark contrast to the role they played in the lead-up to the 1979 revolution. If you have a rainy afternoon in Managua, hop in a taxi and revisit history on this 30-minute driving tour.

Catedral Santiago de los Caballeros. Photo © Dreamstime.

Sights in Managua

You can easily visit all of Managua’s main attractions, which are scattered along the Avenida Bolívar, in half a day. Many are ruins and monuments to the disastrous 1972 earthquake that leveled the city, others are simply lovely places to sit and take in the city views. Expert author Elizabeth Perkins is here with a guided tour.

View of Managua from La Loma de Tiscapa. Photo © Elizabeth Perkins.

Planning Your Time in Managua

Managua has seen more than its fair share of ups and downs, and the city’s charm becomes apparent once you’ve spent a little time there. Managuans are full of stories (and opinions) about their history; the best way to learn is to strike up a conversation. The better you understand this city, the better you will understand Nicaragua itself.

Misty mountains surround Jinotega. Photo © Elizabeth Perkins.

A Week in Nicaragua’s Great Green North

Nicaragua north of Managua is offbeat and less visited, giving the creative traveler lots of opportunities. Each town has a swimming hole, local hike, or archaeological site that will beckon you farther, immersing you in an authentic and sublime world you won’t soon forget.

Reserva Charco Verde. Photo © Elizabeth Perkins.

Where to Go in Nicaragua

Unless you have a few weeks to dedicate to your travels, it’s impossible to see everything Nicaragua has to offer–even then, you’d have a tight schedule. The best way to tackle the country is to learn about each region, then plan according to your interests and favorite activities. From vibrant nightlife to exploring history to outdoor adventures, Nicaragua won’t disappoint.

A red door in a pale green wall surrounded by graffitied names.

Crime in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is considered one of the safer countries in Central America. Tourism-related crime like petty theft and scam artists (and the occasional robbery and assault) sometimes occur, usually at night and involving alcohol. Stay safe during your travels by keeping informed, following these tips, and most of all, know where and how to avoid a sticky situation.

Moon Nicaragua, 6th ed.

Moon Nicaragua

This full-color guide to Nicaragua includes vibrant photos and maps to help with trip planning. Nicaragua expert Elizabeth Perkins teaches travelers how to best experience the wonders of this Central American destination, from hanging out on the Pacific beaches of San Juan del Sur and shopping for crafts in Masaya to partaking in the ever-evolving […]

An 18th century painting of Saint Dominic, a miracle worker who reportedly brought four people back from the dead.

Festivals and Events in Managua

August is the best month of the year in Managua—you can expect parades, horse shows, and unlimited quantities of beer and rum. Here’s more information about festivals in the city (including July 19th celebrations) to help you plan your trip.

Man at microphone tips his head back while singing.

Nightlife in Managua, Nicaragua

Dancing is a central part of the Managua experience. The music scene ranges from popular electronic to booty-shaking reggaetón, as well as plenty of salsa, merengue, and bachata. Managua has several places to learn salsa and merengue if you are in town for a longer period of time. If you prefer something more low-key, there are lots of bars and clubs with atmospheres that range from sultry to suspect, but they change on an annual basis, as Managuans flock inexorably to the newest scene.