Tourists spend more time in the capital I El Nuevo Diario

Of the 1,480,000 tourists who entered Nicaragua last year , 40% stayed at least a week in Managua, according to data from the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism ( Intur ).

The delegate of Managua by Intur, Martha Baltodano, pointed out that after the colonial cities and the beaches of the Pacific coast, Managua is preferred.

“Last year we closed with the number of 1,480,000 tourists at the national level and of these 40% spent in the capital. It is the city with the largest offer of tourist services in the country, speaking of hotels, restaurants, bars and coffee shops, “said the delegate of Intur.

He pointed out that there are around 2,700 tourist companies registered at the national level in the Intur . Of these, 11,500 are in the Pacific zone and only in Managua there are 8,000.

Of interest: Why does it attract Nicaraguan tourism?

“Four or five years ago, the capital looked only as a distribution center where tourism was overnight for one day or night, then to go to other destinations. Now the convention tourism is less. Now they come to do cultural tourism, social, rural community, adventure and religious. Here in Managua you can do all kinds of tourism, according to a diagnosis of the resources in existence, “said Baltodano.

He indicated that Managua has cultural, natural and patrimonial resources. He added that in the municipality there are three crater lagoons, which is why it is unique in the world, however he considered that there is a little more tourist infrastructure, whether public or private. Tiscapa has hiking and there is a historical park, on the other hand is Asososca and Nejapa, for which an improvement plan is being developed in order to enable them for tourism.

“The mayor of Managua, in the theme of parks, has provided very well and in this case compared to Asososca, which supplies water to part of the capital, is the park Las Piedrecitas whose infrastructure will be rehabilitated by the municipality and Wait for a lookout to observe the landscape of the lagoon. But there are attractive places all over the department. There are private wild reserves in Ticuantepe and Villa El Carmen, in San Rafael del Sur we have protected areas, bird watching in the Montibelli reserve, the Chocoyero – El Brujo, in addition to an endangered turtle hatchery in Villa El Carmen, which On Salamina beach are released. Nicaragua has the tortoises, tortoises and hawksbill, are three of the seven species that are in danger of extinction, “said Baltodano.

Veronica Wayman, representative of Wayman Tours, commented that by experience the most attractive point for foreign tourism in Managua is the Puerto Salvador Allende, the museums, the replicas of the cathedrals of Paseo Xolotlán, the historical park Tiscapa and also hope to promote as Tourist destination the viewpoint of El Crucero.

“In the week we have groups of up to 30 people and in weekend at least 25 as part of Managua City Tour,” said Wayman, arguing that more needs to be invested in infrastructure, since the foreign tourist is very demanding, especially with Cleaning in restaurants, dining rooms and bathrooms, in addition to the accommodation conditions.

He commented that places like Xiloá or the thermal springs of Tipitapa have a lot of potential, but it is not attractive to the tourist for lacking conditions of comfort and cleanliness.

“A couple came excited to go to the hot springs, but when they saw the place, they wanted to return immediately. The national tourist coming from other departments does not have much problem, but in the treatment to the foreigner one must be very careful, so that leaves satisfied of the experience “, claimed Wayman.

14 stunning photos of exploration in the Masaya volcano • El Nuevo Diario

The images shared by Sam Cossman after the first week of work in the active volcano

Source: 14 stunning photos of exploration in the Masaya volcano • El Nuevo Diario

Photo: Alejandro Sánchez
The Team of Sam Cossman installs 80 sensors in the interior of the Masaya Volcano.

You say Cuba. I say Nicaragua. Let’s call the whole thing off | IOL

With the demand for Cuba extremely high at present, there are other alternatives to consider, writes Simon Calder.

 / 28 October 2016, 8:00pm
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Penitents carry a statue of Jesus Christ during the ‘Jesus del gran poder’ procession in the colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua.

Question: We tried to book for Cuba for a week’s holiday post-Christmas, but the travel agent said it was full to bursting and suggested Nicaragua instead, flying in and out via Miami. Would you agree it’s a good alternative?

Name withheld

 

Answer: Demand for Cuba is extremely high at present, with such limited tourism infrastructure relative to demand, it’s not unreasonable to describe it as full – especially in the capital, Havana.

Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, doesn’t do 1950s American cars and music in quite the same way as Cuba, but it is a superb destination in its own right. The scenery is dramatically volcanic; there are a couple of beautiful Spanish colonial cities in the shapes of Leon and Granada; and an indulgent Pacific beach resort, San Juan del Sur.

You might notice I have not mentioned the capital, Managua; that’s because it was flattened by an earthquake and resembles a scattering of scruffy suburbs rather than a proper city. There are, though, some colourful markets.

My one concern is the length of the journey. In the absence of direct flights from the UK to Nicaragua, the connections are gruelling – and involve the daunting prospect of US immigration.

With only a week, you might consider flying non-stop on to San Jose and driving up the Pan-American Highway from the Costa Rican capital.

Source: You say Cuba. I say Nicaragua. Let’s call the whole thing off | IOL

We get a lot of Canadian visitors to El Porton Verde, and when I mentioned something about how “Americans” from the USA can finally begin to travel to Cuba, I wondered out loud if that will affect the number of visitors from the USA. She said to me “Don’t worry, because more Americans in Cuba means more Canadians in Nicaragua!” 🙂

So yes, folks, if everything is booked in Cuba, take a look at coming to Nicaragua instead. You can always go to Cuba after the rush is over!

5 zones of Managua that will change completely in the near future

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The capital of the country is experiencing a series of changes very fast. Large buildings are visible through most of the city, and promise not to stop, at least not in the short term. In this article we show 5 zones of Managua that will change soon, either by building constructions or road infrastructure.1-Zone Colonia Central America. It is true that this sector is undergoing constant transformation, however the announcement a few months ago the construction of an 8story tower on the side of the overpass, lifting a shopping plaza in the south side and the construction of an American fast food restaurant, this place will look completely different very soon.

2-Paseo Tiscapa. This area of the Masaya highway that connects to the roundabout Ruben Dario completely transformed with the inauguration of the new National Stadium Dennis Martínez, promises to be one of the best in Latin America .

3-7 Sector South and Las Piedrecitas. This place will build what will be one of the most modern main roads of the capital. The last thing you know is that Overpass Las Piedrecitas construction company already has . The project consists of two vehicular bridges gap in what is now the lights in the park area Las Piedrecitas and the second at stoplights 7 South.

4-Parque Luis Alfonso Velasquez. Once again the lavf is being expanded by the Mayor of Managua.According to available information, the new area 8 blocks up to 20 thousand people will be built; this includes the new convention center, which can hold up to 8,000 people. These spaces will be used in 2017for the Central American Games that the city is preparing a huge investment in sports infrastructure .

5-Port Salvador Allende. The fourth stage of this mega project will include cinemas, shopping center, casinos, 13 restaurants, a hotel, kiosks, a fitness center, a water park and parking for 3,000 vehicles.According to Virgilio Silva, president of the National Port Company (EPN), with this expansion the port Salvador Allende will become the biggest tourist attraction in the capital.

What other areas creés you that will change soon in the city of Managua?

Source: 5 zonas de Managua que cambiarán por completo | Metro

Mayor Prepares Plan for Managua 2040 • El Nuevo Diario

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The mega project to modernize the entire city of Managua was presented by representatives of the capital municipality, facing the First Meeting of Key Actors, to materialize the plans with the involvement of international economic organizations. In the exhibition held on Friday the secretary general of the mayor of Managua, Fidel Moreno presented the Master Plan for Urban Development of Managua, revealing the scope of the project and will run for 24 years.

For this at the next meeting they will settle and installed various committees and technical working groups, to start work on building the future Managua 2040.

He explained that some of the strategic points that contemplates the Plan is the modernization of the road network, expansion of the drainage network of the capital, and land use planning in general.

More Lanes

In what concerns the road network, Moreno said that the expansion of lanes and main avenues of 6 to 8 lanes, construction of 9 overpasses is planned; 8 roundabouts and 27 vehicular bridges, which are needed for U $ 200 million, which includes building more secondary roads that connect the neighborhoods of Managua.

The plan envisages developing effectively modernizing the network of traffic lights, and modernize the urban transport system presented colectivo.Otro important component was the reduction of vulnerability in the capital, for which what has been analyzed up when and where the current works, all in order to create a network of effective drainage to solve the problem of flooding in the capital are emerging.

Among the international agencies working with the municipal government are the International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (BID) are among government entities that are involved include the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (MTI), the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters (SINAPRED), the Nicaraguan Company of Aqueducts and Sewers (Enacal), and the Ministry of Natural Resources (Marena), among others.

Source: Alcaldía prepara plan para la Managua del 2040 • El Nuevo Diario

Renting a car near TicaBus station – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

Renting a car near TicaBus station

treysl3 Houston, Texas 1 post

Feb 09, 2016, 11:27 AM My wife and I are planning on flying into Managua in March and driving around and backpacking for a couple of days. We have friends in Tegucicalpa, so we will have to return our car and get on the TicaBus. I have looked extensively online and can’t find any info if there are any car rental places near the TicaBus station (ie, non-airport car rental stations). Ideally, I’d like to fly in, take a taxi into town where I can rent a car, travel around for several days, then return the car and walk or take a short taxi ride to the TicaBus station to Tegucigalpa. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations with this? Is there any way to get around the rule regarding no rental cars crossing borders?

1 reply elportonverde Managua, Nicaragua Level Contributor 754 posts 22 reviews

1. Re: Renting a car near TicaBus station

Feb 14, 2016, 4:56 PM Greetings treysl3: National Car Rental’s main office in Managua is near Laguna de Tiscapa, a three-minute taxi ride from the TicaBus station. Cheers, Mike @ El Portón Verde, Managua

Source: Renting a car near TicaBus station – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

Transportation to Granada: Late flight to MGA, best way to get to Granada at midnight? – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

elportonverde Managua, Nicaragua Level Contributor 739 posts 22 reviews

4. Re: Late flight to MGA, best way to get to Granada at midnight? Feb 03, 2016, 1:09 PM

Greetings Amen9: You are saying things that aren’t so, it would be nice for the readers of this forum to know why…of course I already know why! Anyway…

 

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to clarify for you and the readers El Porton Verde’s location and ambiance.

 

We are at 1,000 feet elevation so the nights are always cool. Views of two volcanoes, forested hills and plains. On a working eight acre farm full of fruit trees, plantains, bananas, pineapples, etc. Location is 10 minutes to a fancy Managua shopping mall, five minutes to the best hospital, 15 minutes to Masaya Volcano, 20 minutes to the town of Masaya, 25 minutes to MGA.

 

We are less than an hour from 4 of the top 10 things to do in Nicaragua. And none of those places are in the city of Managua!

 

Plus, Managua has improved considerably and there are world-class things to do and see in the city now. So thanks for asking! Take a look at my website and you’ll see I’m not stuck anywhere. We already know you have a hidden vested interest in promoting Granada. (Speaking of stuck!)

 

Just because you don’t like to hear that there are really nice options besides just going straightaway to Granada doen’t mean that they don’t exist. At least I am transparent with the readers of this forum. It’d be nice if you did the same…have a great day!

 

Mike @ El Portón Verde, Managua

Source: Late flight to MGA, best way to get to Granada at midnight? – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

Either way is cool, but ask yourself, do you want to wake up to this:

Transportation to Granada

Panoramic view from the porch of El Portón Verde

Or this for your first morning in Nicaragua, your choice!

Late flight to MGA

Expat central, La Calzada, Granada at night

Managua Tourist Destination: Managua is not the same as before, 29 pictures that tell you the reason

Managua Tourist Destination: Managua is not the same as before, 29 pictures that tell you the reason

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Our Managua is now a tourist attraction for foreign nationals and the new image of the capital is among one of the most sought after destinations to visit in Nicaragua; Either at night or in the day, Managua no less splendid, adorned by culture, tradition, art and proud face of the Nicaraguan people.

  • Government announces inauguration of place in Managua

We leave 29 photos that show you that our capital is not the same.

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Source: Managua ya no es la misma, 29 fotos que te dicen la razón | Tn8.tv

One of our tour offerings is a visit to downtown Managua. It’s really changed for the better in the last few years. The parks are all cleaned up, there is great security in the plazas, the buildings have gotten makeovers, and there are now several activities and things to do in Managua that weren’t available say five years ago.

Here’s a partial list of places/activities:

  • Mirador de Tiscapa
  • New and Old Cathedral
  • Central Park
  • Parque Luis Alfonso
  • Plaza de la Revolucion
  • Puerto Salvador Allende

Related Content: Video of Managua’s Tourist Sites (in Spanish)

Tourist Options in Managua

Tourist Sights and Activities in Managua

Laguna de Tiscapa

Laguna de Tiscapa

I don’t want to hear again the refrain on the tourism forums (yes, I’m looking at you TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet), mostly from folks promoting Granada, Leon and San Juan del Sur, how there is nothing to see or do as a tourist in Managua. Hogwash I say!

Here is just a partial listing of the types of activities and things you can  see and do in Managua:

  • Do a zip line Canopy Tour across Laguna de Tiscapa
  • Learn about the “George Washington” of Nicaragua, Augusto C. Sandino, the guy with the famous hat 🙂
  • See the remains of the dictator Somoza’s mansion and the little teeny tank that Generalissimo Mussolini gave him in the 1930s
  • See the President’s House (even though he doesn’t actually live there…)
  • See the ruins of the old Cathedral Santiago of Managua
  • See the new Cathedral of Managua
  • See “old Managua” turn your view 180 degrees and see “new Managua”
  • Learn about the history of the Revolution and national poet Ruben Dario
  • Take a walk in a lovely shady Central Park that has great security
  • See the eternal flames of some of the heroes of the Sandinista Revolution
  • Visit a museum and cultural center, the National Palace, former site of the Nicaraguan parliament, where a daring raid and kidnapping happened during the Revolution
  • See a mockup of what pre-earthquake Managua looked like
  • Take a walk along the lakefront and enjoy nice restaurants and refreshing beverages
  • Take a boat cruise in Lake Managua

I count 14 different sights and activities. All of these are located within a few blocks of one another. So don’t tell me how there is nothing to do as a tourist in Managua. Please!

MGA Airport pickup, drop off, concierge Farmstay service

5br – MGA Airport pickup, drop off, concierge Farmstay service (km 10.5, Comarca San Antonio Sur, MGA)

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5BR / 4Ba furnished houseavailable now
laundry on site off-street parking
wheelchair accessible
dogs are OK – wooof

You won’t believe you are actually in Managua! No va a creer que estás en Managua!

About the Farmstay

Located in Managua, but being here feels like a world away. . .visit us at: http://www.elportonverde.com/

Ubicados en Managua, pero se siente en otro mundo…visitenos, estamos a sus ordenes!

Mission

To bring a comfortable stay for guests who desire to be near the best of the Nicaraguan capital city of Managua but want to be in a pleasant environment with excellent views, amenities, and hospitality.

Para traer una estancia cómoda para los huéspedes que desean estar cerca de los mejores de la capital nicaragüense de Managua, pero quieren estar en un ambiente agradable, con excelentes vistas, comodidades y hospitalidad.

Description

Farmstay El Porton Verde is a small guesthouse, your “first night and last night alternative” to chain hotels near the Managua Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Augusto C. Sandino) or in downtown Managua. If you like a cool & breezy location in a peaceful tropical farm environment, check us out!

Estamos su alternativo a los hoteles de cadena, y su posada del “primer y ultima noche” en Nicaragua. Si te gusta un lugar fresco y ventoso en un ambiente pacífico en finca tropical, visítenos!

General Information

We are a family-friendly farmstay guesthouse B&B offering accommodations for a maximum of 14 guests. We offer a fully-furnished one bedroom apartment, two rooms with bunk beds for backpackers that sleep up to four, and two en-suite rooms with queen-sized beds.

Somos una posada estilo B & B que ofrece alojamiento para un máximo de 14 invitados. Ofrecemos un apartamento totalmente amueblado, dos habitaciones con literas para los mochileros que pueden alojar hasta cuatro, y dos habitaciones con baño privado, camas de tamaño queen

via MGA Airport pickup, drop off, concierge Farmstay service.