Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Juigalpa

Museo Arqueológico Gregorio Aguilar Barea

Mystical stone statues rise like ancient totems in the courtyard entrance here. It houses the most important collection of stelae in the country, with more than 120 basalt statues carved between AD 800 and 1500, inc…
Nicaraguan in Juigalpa

Palo Solo

Set on a shady patio at the western edge of Palo Solo park, this restaurant serves up tasty Nicaraguan mixed grill plates. It's not exactly fine dining, but it's lively, the food is good and the view is fantastic.
Internarional in Juigalpa

Coffee Break

This friendly diner-style place with comfy booths on the main highway through town serves up soups, salads, panini, quesadillas and grilled meats. It also has a baked goods selection and does good coffee, making it …
Park in Juigalpa

Parque Palo Solo

This rather lovely, beautifully tended and shady park is where couples come to whisper, cuddle and kiss beneath palm and ficus trees, and absorb a truly magnificent view of the distant Serranía Amerrisque.
Cultural in Juigalpa

Fiestas Patronales

Internationally known for its hipícas (horse parades and rodeos), the party’s beating heart is Juigalpa’s Plaza Taurina Chontales, a rodeo venue that hosts events and shows throughout the year.
Waterfall in Juigalpa

Pozo el Salto

This lovely partially dammed swimming hole, 4km north of town on the road to Managua, is framed in cascades of water and has been popular with picnickers for generations. Unfortunately it's often polluted, so ask ar…
Plaza in Juigalpa

Parque Central

The central plaza is constantly buzzing with man gossip thanks to the steady stream of ranchers, who come to get their boots shined next to La Lustrador, the beloved statue of a shoe-shine boy. El Templo de Cultura,…
Market in Juigalpa

Mercado

For super-cheap eats, hit the market, where local mothers bring home-cooking to the masses. Come for full chicken meals (grilled and fried) served with gallo pinto (rice and beans) or refried beans and freshly made …