City Orientation Walk II, Managua

Managua is one of the beautiful and attractive destinations in Nicaragua. It has interesting places to visit, including monuments of important personalities, parks, cathedrals, an arboretum, a stadium and many others. Take this tour to discover the best of Managua's downtown.
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City Orientation Walk II Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk II
Guide Location: Nicaragua » Managua (See other walking tours in Managua)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Author: jenny
Dennis Martínez National Stadium

1) Dennis Martínez National Stadium

Dennis Martínez National Stadium is located in Managua. It was named after former MLB player Dennis Martínez. The stadium was built in 1948 and is Nicaragua's national stadium. It is used mainly for baseball but also serves as a venue for concerts, football, religious events and has a capacity of 30,100 people. It is the home stadium of Indios del Bóer baseball team and Deportivo Walter Ferretti football team. Inside the stadium is a hall of fame near the entrance showing medals, cups, photos and memories of Nicaraguan players. There is also a gym located inside.

The stadium has been renamed three times. Built in 1948, it was originally named "El Estadio Nacional" (The National Stadium). On November 20, 1998, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the stadium, then-President Arnoldo Alemán issued a decree changing the stadium's name to Estadio Nacional Dennis Martínez. Dennis Martinez, was Major League Baseball's first Nicaraguan-born player is the only pitcher born outside of the United States to have thrown a Perfect game.

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

2) Cementario San Pedro

Cementario San Pedro was the city's first cemetery. In 1865 under the authorization of mayor Carlos Aragos started to build the cemetery with name of San Pedro. During its construction it was decided that a chapel should be built in front of the cemetery. In 1886 the cemetery was finished, and in 1887 the chapel. In the cemetery were included first works of sacred art that made the cemetery not only a place for rest but also a cultural spot worth visiting. It contains unique and beautiful crosses handmade with specific designs, angels from stone and wood that have beautiful designs, and different figures that represent saints. In 1991 it was included in the register of the National Heritage of the Municipality of Nicaragua.
Arboterum National

3) 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

4) 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

5) 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

6) 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
Librería Hispamer

7) Librería Hispamer

Libreria Hispamer is the best bookstore in the country. It has the best selection of books in Nicaragua and even in Latin America. They have a large variety of books from different genres: history, literature, poetry, periodicals, maps, postcards and tourist items. They have a wide range of Spanish-language books along with books in other languages such as English. People can come here and buy a wonderful present for friends and relatives.
Monumento a Alexis Arguello

8) Monumento a Alexis Arguello

Monumento a Alexis Arguello is a wonderful piece of art which weighs an impressive 4 tons. It is a sculpture of 19 people grouped together. The Alexis image is on the top of monument that is 10 meters high and 5 meters wide. All the people under him are all people that he loved and to whom he dedicated his fame. This monument was built by the request of President Daniel Ortega by the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture. Alexis is a famous triple world champion in boxing.

Walking Tours in Managua, Nicaragua

Create Your Own Walk in Managua

Create Your Own Walk in Managua

Creating your own self-guided walk in Managua is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

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!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km

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.