Managua is often described as an unattractive city to be avoided by visitors to the country. However, the past few years has seen significant public spending in renovating the old city center destroyed by the catastrophic 1972 earthquake. After the earthquake, the city center was never effectively rebuilt to its pre-1972 design. The old city center has acquired a new interesting outlook.
To begin with, the old center contains historical and political relevance. It was the site where the triumphant Sandinista guerrillas entered the capital after then dictator Somoza fled the country in 1979. The old National Congress, now a museum named Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, was site to a famous mass kidnapping of parliamentarians by a Sandinista commando in 1978. The kidnapping would be part of a series of events that led to the toppling of the Somoza dictatorship in July 1979.
Nowadays, the renamed Plaza Juan Pablo II is site for the annual July 19th celebration of the Sandinista Revolution. Near this plaza lays the Plaza de La Revolucion, surrounded by the old cathedral, the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura (the old National Congress) and the mausoleum for the founders of the Sandinista party. Just right next to the plaza lays the Ruben Dario National Theater, the best theater in the country by far, while Lake Managua and the “Malecon” lay almost a stone throw from the theater. After taking in the history of the Plaza de la Revolucion, you can go on a pleasant stroll in the newly renovated Puerto Salvador Allende and dine in the many bars and restaurants around.
- Round trip transport from airport to hotel.
- Two nights lodging in hotel of your choice (breakfast included).
- Four-hour city tour to the new and old cathedral of Managua, The Ruben Dario National Theater, The National Palace of Culture, The Puerto Salvador Allende and the craft section of the Roberto Huembes market.