Many of us have the image of Nicaragua from the 70’s and 80’s in our minds. The Nicaragua during the time of Somaza and the Contras is different than today. The country is the safest in Central America, the people are hard working, friendly/helpful and seem to be putting the unrest of the past behind them. Partially due to earthquakes and previous civil unrest, the country is very poor and under developed.
Managua is on several faults and was literally flattened by an earthquake in the early 70’s. The rebuild of Managua was slow, haphazard and without much in the way of tall buildings.
Today it is a chaotic city whose charms are not readily apparent to the casual observer. We spent a day or so touring a couple of project sites, but I found little of redeeming value in the city for the traveler other than people watching, viewing government buildings and the location of the international airport.