A Cinnamon Hummingbird (Amazilia rutila) is seen at the National Arboretum in Managua, on March 28, 2012. Created in 1992, this woodland with over 200 species, became an ecological laboratory and oasis for those that want to escape from the heat of the Nicaraguan capital. It receives 15000 students, tourists, and public in general per year. AFP PHOTO / ELMER MARTINEZ (Photo credit should read ELMER MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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Arboretum Nacional Juan Batista Salas


These modest gardens, inconveniently located halfway between Barrio Bolonia and the Plaza Monumental on Av Bolívar (well, it’s convenient if you’re making the hot 40-minute walk between them), features more than 200 species of plants, divided into Nicaragua’s five major life zones. Of these only the dry tropical forest and central lowlands look happy. Your fee includes a guided tour, where you’ll see a madriño, the national tree, and sacuanjoche, the national flower.

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