Located in the heart of Nicaragua, the capital city, Managua, is a charming and historic mix of people and beautiful architecture set against the backdrop of beautiful Lake Managua. Although often overlooked by travelers heading straight to the coast, you'll find that this colonial city is the perfect spot to set up in some of the best affordable Managua hotels and head out for a thrilling day of surfing a volcano on a sled, or hiring a boat to tour the volcanic lake. Don't want to plan it all by yourself? Let Travelocity help you book vacation packages to Managua.
Every trip to Managua should start in the historic Plaza de la Revolucion. This bustling square was the site of some of Nicaragua's most important historic events. After getting a feel for the vibe of the city, hop in a taxi and head to the Huellas de Acahualinca. This museum showcases fossilized footprints from over 6,000 years ago, as well as fascinating glimpses into the lives of the earlier inhabitants of the lake. For adrenaline junkies, book a day trip to Cerro Negro for some hiking and sand boarding. This tour begins with a pickup from most hotels in Managua and brings you to a volcano that you'll hike to the top of and then surf the whole way down.
With its origins as a fishing village, Managua features some of the best fish in the country, both from the Pacific Ocean and Lake Managua. To find the biggest variety of dining options, head back to the main town square, which also has a high concentration of cheap hotels in Managua. There, you'll find many restaurants tucked away inside 300-year-old buildings, as well as many street vendors where you can try the local favorite, Quesillos. These grilled tortillas, filled with cheese, onions, cream, and potatoes, are synonymous with Nicaraguan food.
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