Blessed with a wonderful setting, Juigalpa is nestled on a high plateau peering into a golden valley quilted with rangeland carved by a crystalline river. It's enclosed on all sides by the looming Serranía Amerrisque, the sheer granite faces and layered peaks of which are ripe for contemplation and adventure. To the west is a series of smaller hills and dry valleys that crumble into marsh, which then melts into Lago de Nicaragua.
The town itself, sprinkled with well-preserved colonial buildings and peopled by ranchers, rambles along both sides of the Managua Hwy. Apart from a fascinating archaeological museum, there are not a lot of attractions here and the pulse of tourism is quite faint, but it's a good place to break a journey for lunch or overnight if you're passing through.