Managua's Peace Park, with its signature lighthouse, is a lasting symbol of the challenges and hopes facing a poor nation emerging from war. The park was inaugurated in 1990 by then President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro. The concept was beautiful: they interred machines guns, pistols and even a tank in concrete – symbolically burying Nicaragua's bellicose past. Since then, the reflection pool has been drained, brass plaques were stolen and even the generators got pinched. Major restorations are planned.

This park is notorious for muggings – visit in the middle of the day, without valuables and in a group. Try asking a guard to walk with you.