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The department of Managua is a dynamic region offering a wide variety of interesting opportunities for each adventurer’s likes. It is situated in the flat lands of the Pacific basin of Nicaragua, surrounded by other important departments including Granada, Masaya, Carazo, Leon, Matagalpa and Boaco. It has a total population of approximately 2 million people, most of them living in the city capital of Managua. Due to its rich volcanic soil, the department of Managua produces an ample array of agricultural crops such as corn, beans, coffee, rice, sugar cane, sorghum, bananas, plantains, pineapples, papayas, dragon fruits, etc.

Some of the most remarkable geographical features of Managua are its long wide beaches in the Pacific Ocean, Los Cardones, Masachapa, Pochomil and Montelimar, which are very popular on weekends and especially during Easter. In addition the department of Managua holds the second largest fresh water lake of the country, Lake Xolotlan. Also the region of Managua is crossed by a hill chain, “Las Sierritas”, which rises at the highest elevation of 950 meters above sea level where high quality coffee is traditionally grown. It is also worth to mention the proximity of Managua to the active volcanoes of Momotombo and Masaya as well as other interesting destinations. Two of the most important natural reserves of the Pacific Basin, “Chocoyeros” and “Montibelli”, are nestled in the outskirts of the capital holding significant wild life and flora.

Even though capitals usually are not that attractive “Managua” is a bit different offering the visitors archaeological sites, a unique modern catholic cathedral, Sandinistas-revolution monuments, museums, art galleries, handicraft markets, volcanic lakes, shopping malls, popular markets, discos, casinos, nightlife and international restaurants.

Birdwatching • Hiking • Landscapes • Flora and Fauna Observation • Pre-Columbian Heritage • Religious Events

Recommended Attractions in Managua

Managua City »

The bustling city of Managua was a former indigenous village that developed on the edge of Lake Xolotlan. Its first pre-Hispanic inhabitants were fishermen and hunters. In 1852 the city became relevant when it was declared the capital of Nicaragua because of the permanent political disputes between the colonial cities of Leon and Granada.

Chocoyero Nature Reserve »

It is a great place for getting into real contact with nature in a dry tropical forest. This Nature Reserve is located 30 kilometers southwest of the capital city of Managua and it is home to a wide biodiversity of flora and fauna.

Montibelli Nature Reserve »

Montibelli’s privileged location and lodge offers nature lover's unlimited opportunities for exploring unique ecosystems and unforgettable experiences. This private reserve nestled in the outskirts of Managua at the base of the hill chain, “Las Sierras de Managua”.

Managua Airport »

Located in the east part of Managua, the airport is 12 kilometers away from the “old” center of the capital. It was recently renovated and nowadays is a modern aircraft terminal.

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