Managua, Nicaragua

The Palacio Nacional was built by Somoza and used to house only government offices. It is home to the National Archives, the National Library, and the National Musuem.

The Palacio Nacional was built by Somoza and  is now home to the National Archives, the National Library, and the National Musuem.

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.

Horse powered transportation is a common sight around Nicaragua.  Here old and new delivery vehicles  pass each other on a Managua street.

Horse powered transportation is a common sight around Nicaragua. Here old style single horse powered  and newer style “multiple horse power” delivery vehicles pass each other on a Managua street.

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3 Responses to “Managua, Nicaragua”

  1. Jaci Muell Says:

    Loving your comments and pictures of our
    Recent trip to Nicaragua. Warms me up on
    This frigid day. I replied somewhere else on
    your blog bit not sure if you’ll get it.
    Keep the memories coming! Jaci

  2. sandersonp Says:

    Today the temp is -15F, makes me yearn for Nicaragua

  3. top website Says:

    Do you have any video of that? I’d like to find out more details.

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