Managua Sights Tour

Our Managua Sights tour is a great introduction to the city and to Nicaragua itself. You will learn a lot about the city’s history from 6,000 years ago to today, including the revolution, the great earthquakes and Managua today. We will talk to locals about how they live, where they live and even learn how to make tortillas! This is the most complete Managua city tour you will find.

A few of our stops on the half-day tour:

Huellas de Acahualinca museum Our city tour Managua starts by learning about the inhabitants of Mana-Ahuac 6000 years ago and see the footprints they left – some of the oldest remnants of human beings in the western hemisphere.

Peek in a local tortilla kitchen Meet some of the local inhabitants of the barrio Acahualinca to better understand their way of life and learn how to make delicious tortillas.

Tiscapa Lagoon We will make a quick visit to the panoramic viewpoint of one of the green areas of the city, the inactive volcanic crater of Tiscapa.

City center and the National Museum In the post-independence era the city continued to experience growth similar to its smaller, more colonial sisters Granada and Leon. Space was given to the building and parks representative of the city and survivors of the earthquake, such as the Plaza of the Revolution, The National Cultural Palace, the Central Park, the National Theater Ruben Dario, the ruins of the Gran Hotel and the old cathedral.

Afternoon stops on the full-day tour:

Port Salvador Allende We will make a trip out to one of Managua’s pride and joys, the modern recreation center on the lake. There we will eat lunch and visit the port, as well as have an opportunity to take photos of the volcanoes Momotombo and Momotombito.

Community Center of La Chureca* The latest archaeological rescue made in urban Managua is in an area known as La Chureca in the Acahualinca neighborhood. It offers an interesting look into the way of life, both of the current residents and the past civilization.

Dambach Park We will visit another point of the lakefront and talk about the different attitudes of the inhabitants of the lakefront from their original use of the waters as subsistence to the growth along the water’s edge.

Huembes Artists Market Hundreds of shop owners selling thousands of hand-made curiosities from hammocks to t-shirts to baskets, furniture, sculptures, leather goods, candies and pretty much anything else you can think of.

*The Museum of La Chureca is located in an urbanized area built with the help of Andalucia for the inhabitants of the municipal dump. The experience is exceptional, but the visit is optional. The tour will end at the museum and afterward we will drop everyone off at their hotel.

Half Day
$48
  • Pickup 8am from your hotel
  • Transport
  • Bilingual Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Dropoff about 12pm at your hotel
  • Two person minimum
Full day
$65
  • Pickup 8am from your hotel
  • Transport
  • Bilingual Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Dropoff about 6pm at your hotel
  • Two person minimum
Custom Tour
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  • Anything in particular you would like to see? Contact us for a custom tour quote. Ideal for birdwatching tours, school groups, etc.

Revolution Tour

The fall of Somoza marked the end of a clandestine war against a brutal dynasty and the beginning of the Sandinista social experiment  that took over a decade to sort out. We can take you to some of the places where key events took place and explain how those events changed the course of Nicaragua. You will finish the tour with a complete understanding of what, why and how the revolution took place.

A few of the places on our to-go list for this tour:

Musem of Augusto Cesar Sandino To understand the Sandinista Revolution, we must learn of the origins of thoughts of Sandino and his example for men and women of future generations. He was the guide, the source, the birth of the revolution. We will visit the house where he lived in his youth, a large adobe house maintained in its original layout that will help us understand Sandino’s early life.

Historic village of Monimbó Let us introduce you to the indigenous barrio of Monimbó, Masaya, filled with artists and independent thinkers who were some of the first to cement their liberation. We will visit the Museum of the Revolution where the fallen heroes and martyrs are paid tribute. It was of the insurrection in Monimbó that Susan Meiselas took the famous photo of the guerrillas with their faces covered by traditional masks holding contact bombs. Monimbó has been an emblem of the insurrection ever since.

National Palace We will visit the National Palace where the famous “Chanchera” scene played out as a turning point in the revolution. During a session of Somoza’s National Congress, guerrilla commandos of the FSLN stormed the building, took the entire congress hostage and got away with it. This operation was a hard hit to the Somoza regime and put the fight of the FSLN in the international limelight.

Mausoleum of Carlos Fonseca and the Revolution Plaza As a tribute to the fight of Comandante Carlos Fonseca Amador against the Somoza dynasty, the FSLN dedicated the central park in front of the Revolution Plaza as a monument. It is filled with flowers brought by Nicaraguans paying homage on the anniversary of his death. We will also visit the Revolution Plaza where, the day after the Sandinistas took power, thousands of people gathered to celebrate the ousting of the Somoza dictatorship and the Republic Plaza officially changed names.

Luis Alfonso Velasquez park We will visit the park built in memory of 10 year old boy murdered by the National Guard on April 27, 1979. He ranks among one of the youngest Sandinistas killed during the revolutionary struggle. Now mentioning his name stirs thoughts of child leadership, childrens’ rights and conscience as a son of the motherland. He is remembered with a park for the free children of Nicaragua.

Photo Exposition of the History of Nicaragua Located in the old Avenida Roosevelt which changed in 2009 to the Avenida General Augusto C. Sandino is a small museum with a collection of 171 photos from the time of Sandino up to today.

Tiscapa Lagoon It’s a great place to learn about the political history of our country and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds it without leaving Managua. At the feet of the statue of Sandino are the remnants of the Somoza statue that was ripped from its foundation after the overthrow and a tank that was given to the dictator by Benito Mussolini.

Monument to Bill Steward ABC News correspondent Bill Steward was assassinated on the June 20, 1979 by one of Somoza’s National Guard. All the sudden what was once a local insurrection turned into an international media frenzy. The United States cut all ties with Somoza and the fate of his regime was sealed. It was only a month later that the Sandinistas took control.

We will also visit commemorative plaza in the barrio of Reguero where we will have lunch in the home of a mother who was there and can regale us with her stories of the revolution.

Huembes Artists Market Our last stop will be the Huembes market where you can browse hundreds of shops selling all kinds of Nicaraguan goods.

Half Day (2 people)
$48
  • Pickup 7am from your hotel
  • Transport
  • Refreshments
  • Optional visit to Huembes Market
  • Dropoff about 12pm at your hotel
  • +1 person only $22 (up to 12 total)
Full day (2 people)
$90
  • Pickup 7am from your hotel
  • Transport
  • Refreshments
  • Optional visit to Huembes Market
  • Dropoff about 6pm at your hotel
  • +1 person only $40 (up to 12 total)
Custom Tour
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  • Anything in particular you would like to see? Contact us for a custom tour quote. Ideal for birdwatching tours, school groups, etc.

Local Artists Tour

This tour is still under development. We will let you know when we get it all sorted out!

Half Day (2 people)
$55
  • Pickup 7am from your hotel
  • Transport
  • Refreshments
  • Optional visit to Huembes Market
  • Dropoff about 12pm at your hotel
  • +1 person only $22 (up to 12 total)
Full day (2 people)
$95
  • Pickup 7am from your hotel
  • Transport
  • Refreshments
  • Optional visit to Huembes Market
  • Dropoff about 6pm at your hotel
  • +1 person only $40 (up to 12 total)
Custom Tour
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  • Anything in particular you would like to see? Contact us for a custom tour quote. Ideal for birdwatching tours, school groups, etc.

Fiestas Patronales

Here are the upcoming cultural events Mana-Ahuac Hoy is going to be a part of for SeptemberOctober and November.

September

San Nicolas de Tolentino – 10th of September

We are going up to the town of La Paz Centro to see their grand parade and rodeo for the celebration of San Nicolas de Tolentino. The parade is impressive with the church faithful carrying the statue of the saint around town and also blessing the bulls that will be ridden during the rodeo.

And the rodeo…well if you have ever seen a Nica rodeo you will marvel at how boring “western” rodeos are. Imagine pretty much anyone with more huevos than brains who wants to ride on top of a 800kg horned hamburger hellbent on maiming anyone in its path…including the seemingly random folks who jump into the ring on a whim. Go see it with us and we promise not to tell your mother if you decide to give it a go!

$62

Let's go rodeo at the San Nicolas de Tolentino festival!

Bajada de San Jeronimo – 20th of September

It’s a big day in Masaya, the city whose patron saint is celebrated FOR THREE MONTHS starting unofficially today. You will think it is the official start when you see the crowd gathered to cheer on his “bajada”. All that means is that they take him down from his pedestal in the church and bounce him around above the heads of the onlookers while making a slow trip around the town. It is quite a sight and easy to get caught up in the excitement.

We will be leaving Managua about 11am to get there before the bajada starts, then we will be with the crowd for the afternoon until the early evening to see the folk dances that follow it.

$45

Celebrate the pre-San Jeronimo festival with us!

Virgen de la Merced – 24th of September

The patron saint of Leon is celebrated with a massive but solemn parade that starts from the church and carries the statue of the Virgin Mary on the shoulders of the faithful through the streets of the city. One of the sights worth seeing is the creation of the carpets of colored sawdust that the parade will walk over. The artists spend all night sprinkling the dust by hand to make religious designs and motifs. This is a tradition usually reserved for Easter but who can wait another six months?

Our tour leaves early picking you up from Managua and we return back in the late afternoon. It’s all day of parades, sawdust carpets, sun and beautiful colonial Leon.

$52

See the Virgen de la Merced parade with us!

San Jeronimo – 30th of September

This one is definitely worth bringing your camera!

Masaya kicks it off big with the start of their three-month-long celebration today in honor of San Jeronimo. If you have never seen it I guarantee you that you have never seen anything like it. We will be leaving from Managua and heading to Masaya to see the Torovenado parade which is one of a kind. 

Go see it with us on the 30th of September!

$45

Experience San Jeronimo with us!

October

Santa Teresa de Avila – 15th of October

There are two times a year this festival is celebrated in Santa Teresa in Carazo dept., the end of January and today. Though it might be a bit rainy today, there is still a lot of fun to be had. So much so, in fact, that fiesta groups come from all over the region to participate.

The Diablitos from Nandaime will be in attendance, dancing and performing. The Indias Promesantes and Apostol Santiago will also be there, doing whatever it is they do. The statue of the Black Jesus is brought from Esquipulas. All come together for a big parade where the saints are carried on horseback around the town. And I hope you like indigenous Nica food – there will be plenty of it.

And of course it wouldn’t be a proper celebration without a good old-fashioned bullfight (or rum drinkers taunting bulls in a ring and getting squashed as well as smashed)!

$52

Let's go see Santa Teresa!

Torovenado – 19th of October

Torovenado celebrations are like rice this time of year but are always incredible to see. In the mocking spirit of the celebration be prepared to see all kinds of scary, silly, terrifying, goofy and disgusting costumes.

Believe it or not there is a Catholic saint involved: San Jeronimo. This party is part of the three month celebration honoring the good saint. Why they do that by dressing up as devils and animals and lord-knows-what is what we are going to find out. Come with us!

$45

See the famous Torovenado!

San Jeronimo – 24th of October

San Jeronimo is celebrated in several towns but they do it a bit different in Masatepe. I don’t know why but they celebrate today with a tradition very particular to this village surrounded by volcanoes. They perform the dance of the fish. There are approximately 0 families making their living from the sea but they parade around dressed as giant fish being caught.

They also have their own small Torovenado parade, marching bands and of course it wouldn’t be complete without fireworks waking everyone up at 4am.

Of course we won’t be there that early but we will spend the day there and around. Don’t miss it!

$45

Dance with the giant fish during San Jeronimo!

Los Aguizotes – 31st of October

Although they say this one has nothing to do with Halloween, it happens on the last Friday of the month which falls on the 31st this year. And what a devilish time it is.

The revelers meet in the Plaza de la iglesia Magdelena and march around the town scaring kids and old ladies until at least midnight. Expect to see the stuff of nightmares: devils with giant horns, axe-wielding ogres, mothers with half-aborted babies hanging out, live vultures on a stick, spray-paint torches lighting up the night, headless priests, skeletons dragging chains and much, much, much more. Along with the Torovenado, this is as strange as it gets.

$36

Scare yourself half-fun with us tonight!

November

These event descriptions and prices are still under construction!! Please excuse the mess  🙂

Gran Torovenado, El Candil – 1 Nov

The Torovenado parades are quite a spectacle of costumed delight. Expect to see devils, animals and caricatures of any and everything…pretty much anything goes at this festival of satire. This Torovenado parade is the biggest one so you don’t want to miss it!

In the evening we will be sneaking off to see the Candil parade, a darker, more devilish and lesser-known procession which centers around a giant candle, or bonfire on wheels.

$36

Scare yourself half-fun with us tonight!

Torovenado del Malinche – 16th of November

Don’t miss this parade. The Malinche torovenado is the most traditional form. With any luck we will see someone from the family that has been in charge of the parade for the last 70+ years. It will be a fun day in the crowded streets of Masaya surrounded by people dressed as animals, presidents and who-knows-what.

$36

Scare yourself half-fun with us tonight!

Garifuna Day – 19th of November

Caribbean-African drumming, dancing, drinking and partying from 5am to 5am… this is the annual celebration of the Garifuna culture in Orinoco. We are teaming up with Atlantic Tour to get you there. From the early-morning start on the party boat to the punta rock concert in the remote community to the after party at the ranch, it’s one of the top things to do in all of Central America.  Check out this link for more information on what goes on.

$36

Scare yourself half-fun with us tonight!

Gueguense and Santa Catalina – 25th – 26th of November

This is a double celebration, the 25th to celebrate the Gueguense and the 26th to honor the good Saint Catalina. More info coming soon!

$36

Scare yourself half-fun with us tonight!

Running of the Devils – 30th of November

Soon to be announced

$36

Scare yourself half-fun with us tonight!

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