36 Hours in Managua, Nicaragua – NYTimes.com


FOUNDED just before the Spanish left the country in the early 19th century, Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, is a city without a center, and, bizarrely, without conventional addresses; instead there are locations, many referring to Lake Managua, which the city, otherwise, doesn’t much celebrate. The 1972 earthquake shattered Managua’s once glorious boulevards, and today building styles vary wildly, from the squat residential buildings that popped up after the tremors, to older, more majestic neo-Classical and modern edifices. But despite an initial impression of chaos, you will find smooth roads and a full range of hotels and restaurants serving hearty local fare. The years of political upheaval marked by the 1979 revolution and then the brutal civil war of the 1980s have finally given way to stability. Yet travelers on their way to the coasts or quaint colonial towns still rush away from the capital upon arrival. That’s too bad. There is a blossoming of culture in this city that is the key to understanding modern Nicaragua.


A good article describing some of the nice things to be seen in and around the Managua area. Finally! Interesting that just this week I took a nice young couple on a half-day Managua tour and did most of the things in the article.

The one thing the author, Sarah Wildman missed IMHO, is a trip to the Malecon. The area has been completely rebuilt and now there are very nice restaurants right on the lake, secured parking, and excellent infrastructure. It has a nice breeze, and is a fun place to go and have a cold Toña or two, have a bite to eat, and at night, dance up a storm!

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Great article, I wish I

Great article, I wish I would have visited a few of these places last week.

the Malecon..

when ever we have guest coming in..thats one of the places we take them

When was el malecon rebuilt?

Last time I was there - enjoying a delicious sopa del garobo - there were too many drunken louts looking for a fight. And the odor off the lake, while not septic, was mildly unpleasant.


I had avoided it for years and finally did a recon with my cuñado a couple of months ago...

it is on the west side, i.e. not right in front of the Concha Acoustica. aka Puerto Salvador Allende

when coming from say Plaza Inter, turn left at the tope/rotuna by teatro ruben dario, and a couple hundred meters to the west you will see an entrance where you pay 20 cords plus 5 per passenger and there is secured parking, new buildings, various restaurants, some artisan shops, etc. all nicely landscaped and overall a very decent place to bring visitors.

there is a breakwater jetty and a ferry boat goes across the lake a few times a day. haven't gone yet, but I've heard the 4:30 pm trip is nice because on the return you see the lights of Managua as it gets dark.

as for the slight odor, just have another toña :)

more info here:


Doors of hope fly open when doors of promise shut. -Thomas D'Arcy McGee

This Is The

positive stuff we should be posting about Nicaragua. I'm not saying give the country an "everything's rosy" pass, but supporting and publicizing these developments will lead to more of the same.

Maybe Japan will pony up the money for a sewage treatment plant. There aren't too many big donors left. Luxembourg is steady, but amounts are small.

Should have done it after the earthquake.


The Japanese funded sewage treatment plant is already operating.

Untreated Sewage Is

no longer being dumped into Lake Managua? I wasn't aware of that.

Environmentalist Incer Barquero said the clean-up process is on the right track. "By treating the water bacteriologically, the main factors that produce bad smells and colours, from sewage, are eliminated, and at least the landscape changes and the lake will recover its normal colour, little by little," he said.

That's great news, and I don't think it will take 50 years for the lake to recover.

This is interesting too:


big problem with..

the color of the lake..is rain run off..from all the deforesting

big problem

The other big problem was the industrial pollution. I had read that the fish weren't safe to eat because of it.

big problem

The other big problem was the industrial pollution. I had read that the fish weren't safe to eat because of it.

i hear that about the..

fish too..but u see people out on the lake casting nets..for fish..so the locals eat them..there is suppose to be a lot of industrial pollution in it too....