City Orientation Walk, Managua (Self Guided)

Managua is one of the most beautiful cities in Nicaragua. It has many places to visit, such as parks, monuments, promenades, old buildings and beautiful avenues. There are historic attractions that have great importance for the city and nation. Take the following tour to discover this unique area and see its great attractions!
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Nicaragua » Managua (See other walking tours in Managua)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: jenny
Plaza la Fe

1) Plaza la Fe (must see)

In the center of this large plaza, you will see a tall obelisk and four plaques, each of which commemorates the visit of the Pope John Paul II in 1983. The day of his visit was declared a holiday, during which different cultural and religious events took place to commemorate this important event. Since that day this plaza has been an important cultural point in the city and a spot popular with tourists.
Statue to Simon Bolivar

2) Statue to Simon Bolivar

The statue of Simon Bolivar is located in an area of the city known for its monuments. The figure represents one of the most important personalities from Venezuela. Though not a Nicaraguan, he was one of the most important leaders of Spanish American’s struggle for independence from Spain. Due to his contribution to the freedom of Nicaragua along with other states as Venezuela, Panama, Peru, Colombia and Bolivia he deserved a statue to commemorate him.
Rubén Dario National Theater

3) Rubén Dario National Theater

Ruben Dario National Theatre is the most well-known and important theatre in Managua and all of Nicaragua. The building survived even the earthquake in 1972 when almost the entire city was destroyed. The theatre is known as a modern one where famous artists, both local and foreign, perform shows and concerts. In addition, different exhibitions, conferences and other cultural events are hosted here. The theatre is named in honor of the most famous Nicaragua poet, Rubén Dario, known for his movement called modernismo from the end of the 19th century. Besides a poet, Dario was a diplomat and leading voice of Central America that represented its rights.
Ruben Dario Monument

4) Ruben Dario Monument (must see)

The monument of Ruben Dario is located in the park near the Plaza de le Revolución. The monument commemorates the famous poet, a leader of the modernism movement that characterizes Latin America literature. He was also one of the best representatives of Central America to the world because during his lifetime he was also an ambassador. The monument has a modern style.
Parque Central

5) Parque Central

The Central Park of Managua is a great spot to visit, near some well-known and important buildings that when combined with the park makes this the most attractive part of the city. The park was created in 1899 and due to its form and style it belongs to the neoclassical style. The name was given in honor of Mayor S. Fonseca Estrada, who named the park General Park, dedicated to the general efforts of his work, but local people called the park central and this name has remained to today. It lost its initial style in the earthquake in 1931, but it was restored and now has a new image. Monuments of local and national figures are located in the park.
Plaza de la Revolucion

6) Plaza de la Revolucion

Plaza de la Revolucion is the historical center of the city. It was also named Plaza of the Republic. It suffered great damages in the earthquake of 1972 but it was not restored completely, so some initial elements of the plaza remain. The plaza covers some of the most important attractions of the history of the city: Old Cathedral; Central Park with monuments of important personalities; Ruben Dario National Theatre; and National Palace of Culture.
Casa Presidencial

7) Casa Presidencial (must see)

Casa Presidencial is the main office of Nicaragua's president. The Casa Presidencial was opened in 1931 during the presidency of Jose Maria Moncada. Three months later it was partially damaged in an earthquake. In 1934 the Casa Presidencial was restored by General Anastasio Somoza García. It was also used as a house for his sons who were also presidents. In 1972 the building was damaged again due to a powerful earthquake. It was restored and now the current president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, lives here. Ortega is known as the leader of the Sandinista National Liberation Front.
Old Cathedral of Managua

8) Old Cathedral of Managua (must see)

The Old Cathedral of Managua, known as the Catedral de Santiago in Spanish was designed in, and shipped from Belgium in 1920 by architect Pablo Dambach. The cathedral survived the 1931 earthquake but was extremely damaged due to the 1972 earthquake and was condemned, which led to the construction of the new cathedral of Managua or "Catedral de la Concepcion", the newest constructed Roman Catholic cathedral. However, in recent years, the restoration of the old cathedral has appeared to be possible and it is currently awaiting its renovation.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
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National Palace of Culture

9) National Palace of Culture (must see)

The National Palace of Culture is one of the buildings that did not receive damage during the earthquake in 1972. It was designed by the architect Pablo Dambach. Earlier, it housed the Congress; now it is a historic place that houses the National Library, the National Archives and the National Museum of Managua. The library contains unique editions of books in which important historic events are related. The archives have a rich stock of documentations, maps, and important documents that relate the historic events of the nation's formation. The museum has a full spectrum of exhibitions with a timeline that starts 500 million years ago. It also houses an exhibition of pottery, pre-Columbian statuary, documents that relate the formation of the lakes and volcanoes, pre-Columbian paintings, statues and ceramics.
Arboterum National

10) Arboterum National

Arboterium Nacional is a beautiful place dedicated to maintainig and developing the plants' growth along with promoting environmental awareness. It has more than 200 species of plants divided into classes and zones. All these plants form a collection of plants from different regions of the country. Here you can see the national tree called madrino and the national flower called sacuanjoche that both deserve admiration. It is a vibrantly green and splendid place where people can enjoy some time walking and admiring the beauty of nature.
Roosevelt Monument

11) Roosevelt Monument

Monumento Roosevelt was constructed in 1939 and is dedicated to the people killed during the revolution. It symbolizes the liberty of the nation and people that fought for it. It is also called the Monument to Liberalism. Several times the name of the monument changed from Roosevelt Memorial to the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. It represents an important and tragic period of Nicaragua's formation when, because of unscrupulous dictators, many people died.
Parque Histórico Nacional Loma de Tiscapa

12) Parque Histórico Nacional Loma de Tiscapa

Parque Histórico Nacional Loma de Tiscapa is a beautiful place and an important landmark for local people. Here the monument of Sandino is placed because this is the spot where he was executed with his men. It has beautiful views: to one side are cathedrals, while the other view looks towards Volcan Momotombo. Here is the crater lake of Volcano Tiscapa. There is a plaque placed in 1996 that is dedicated to all the people who died during the repression from the dictatorship.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

13) Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (must see)

The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is located in Managua. It was dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of Maria. Construction began in 1991 in substitution of the Old Cathedral of Managua or Cathedral of Santiago. The old cathedral was damaged and thought to be unrestoreable after a 1972 earthquake that destroyed 90% of the city.

The cathedral was designed by architect Ricardo Legorreta. Construction to build the cathedral began around August 1991 and it was inaugurated on September 4, 1993. The cost of the newly built cathedral was estimated at $4.5 million dollars. The new cathedral has created much controversy, particularly about its architectural style and finance. Locals refer to it as La Chichona on account of the plethora of cupolas adorning it like so many "chiches" (Spanish: slang for breasts).

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Managua for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Managua has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Managua, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.