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Nicaragua’s capital can feel chaotic and confusing, but this restless energy is part of the city’s appeal. It’s the place to go to learn about Nicaragua’s history, in destinations such as Plaza de la Revolución and the National Museum. Journey even further back in time in the Footprints of Acahualinca Archaeological Museum, which contains perfectly preserved footprints from around 6,000 years ago.
Managua is a decentralized city, with its attractions spread out across the city. That makes it almost essential to rent a car if you want to see as much of the colorful, charismatic city as possible. Use Orbitz to help you make the best rental car choice.
Use your rental car in Managua to explore other sights in Nicaragua. The compact country offers a diversity of destinations, all within a short drive from its capital.
This national park is just a short drive from Managua, and it’s an understandably popular attraction. You can peer into the crater of an active volcano – a sight that’s even more impressive after nightfall. Watch as lava bubbles away beneath the light of a star-filled sky. Elsewhere in the park, you’ll find caves full of bats, and hiking trails that lead to more craters.
Journey time: Around 40 minutes
Distance: Approximately 15 miles
Nature reigns in the reserve on the Chiltepe Peninsula. The land juts out into Xolotlan Lake and features two crater lakes, Xiloa Lagoon and Apoyeque Lagoon, making it a particularly scenic spot. Locals from Managua flock here on weekends to swim in the mineral-rich waters, and to spot almost 700 species of birds that live in the biodiverse landscape.
Journey time: Around one hour
Distance: Approximately 20 miles
Granada is one of the most popular destinations in Nicaragua, thanks to its richly preserved history and scenic setting on the banks of Cocibolca Lake. Spend your days here touring the colonial landmarks, making sure to visit the Cathedral of Granada. The city also features the Chocolate Museum, which allows you to make your own chocolate bar and roast your own cocoa beans.
Journey time: Around 1 hour 10 minutes
Distance: Approximately 25 miles