Huellas de Acahualinca
Parque El Carmén
A couple of blocks from Martha Quezada’s concrete jungle, this surprisingly pretty park is a little slice of suburbia, with kids riding...
Puerto Salvador Allende
This relatively modern port offers 45-minute boat tours Tuesday to Sunday to Isla del Amor at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm (US$3 to US$5). You...
The trippy Acoustic Shell was designed by US artist Glen Howard and completed in July 2005. It overlooks Plaza de la Fé Juan Pablo II ,...
Bar Art Café
Always worth a look, this bohemian little space in front of Parque Las Palmas hosts poetry and open-mic nights on Wednesday, electronica...
Enjoy vegetarian goodies and 50 kinds of licuados (fruit and veggie juices; US$1) on this spacious patio overlooking lush gardens; the...
Lonely Planet review
Discovered by miners in 1874, these fossilized tracks record the passage of perhaps 10 people – men, women and children – as well as birds, raccoons and deer across the muddy shores of Lago de Managua some 6000 years ago. Despite early speculation that they were running from a volcanic eruption, forensics specialists have determined that these folks were in no hurry – and oddly enough, were fairly tall, between 145cm and 160cm.
The excavation was undertaken by the Carnegie Foundation in 1941 and 1942, and unearthed 14 layers, or 4m, of earth. They found some later Chorotega ceramics (about 2m down) and other intriguing artifacts, though there’s no money to take it further. There is, however, a nifty on-site museum, with human skulls, a fossilized bison track and lots of ceramics, and your fee includes a Spanish-language tour of the whole shebang. Don’t skip this one; it’s an international treasure.
The best way here is by taxi (US$2 to US$4 per person).