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It's a shame that the lake is polluted because it would be a great attraction. The way it is now, from the shore of Lake Managua you can see volcanoes and trash fires, not exactly an appealling combination. Fires are a big problem in Managua because it's so hot and dry there. You see brush fires all day long riding around in the city with people trying to put them out with buckets of water. It doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the local bomberos (firemen)...

The malecon area near Lake Managua is where most of the cultural attractions such as the National Theatre, a band shell, the National Palace, etc. are located. As you can see from the pictures Saturday afternoon isn't exactly a "hopping" time there. As a matter of fact I felt like Clint Eastwood in High Plains Drifter walking around out there during the day. The scenery is similar and it's also eerily quiet so all you hear is the wind blowing and the signs creaking in the wind.



Lake Managua

Lake Managua

Band Shell

Lake Managua Area

Lake Managua Area

Lake Managua Area

Lake Managua Area

Lake Managua Area

Lake Managua Area

Lake Managua Area

Lake Managua Area

Band Shell


From the malecon area we headed to a national park on a hill overlooking Managua. on the way I got to see the National Assembly and some more of Managua. I snapped some pictures on the way and got one of 2 kids selling bags of water at one of the intersections. You have to be careful taking these kinds of pictures because people WILL try to steal your camera if you have your window open. The other downside is as soon as they see a camera they know your a tourist and that means you have dinero. The best defense is to keep your window rolled up and your door locked.



Band Shell

Horse Statue

Revolution Statue

National Assembly

National Assembly

Street Scene

Street Vendors

Local Barrio

Another Rotunda


The park we went to is called "Loma De Tiscapa" and it's right in the middle of Managua on a big hill. It costs 20 Cordobas to enter the park but it's worth the dollar because the views are excellent as you can see most of Managua from there. As an interesting note it's right near the Crowne Plaza Hotel which is where Howard Hughes spent his final days. The park has a giant statue that looks like the Marlboro man and I'm not really sure what its' significance is. On one side of the park there is a giant fresh water lagoon. Sadly, it's also polluted and you can see the booms in the water holding back whatever crud is leeching into it.



Another Rotunda

The Only Hill In Managua

Park Entrance

Park Entrance

View From Park

View From Park

View From Park

View From Park

View From Park

View From Park

Marlboro Man Statue

Me Posing

Polluted Lagoon

Polluted Lagoon

Marlboro Man

Polluted Lagoon

Polluted Lagoon

MetroCentro/Cathedral

Park Plaque

My Ride

View From Park

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Managua Street

Brush Fire

Is It A Cathedral Or A Nuclear Plant?

Navidad Decorations


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