Cruz de España

Southwestern Nicaragua

Ask your taxi driver to point out this monument, suspended from a gleaming half-arch above the traffic, which marks the spot where conquistador Gil González Dávila and Cacique Nicarao first met on October 12, 1523. Brightly colored statues of both men flank the monument.

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2. Nuestra Señor de Rescate

1.13 MILES

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3. Iglesia Parroquial de San Pedro

1.19 MILES

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4. Museo de Antropología e Historia

1.39 MILES

If you have some time to kill in town, this 200-year-old house is the place to go. Inside you'll find some moth-eaten taxidermy, a wall of myths and…

5. Iglesia San Francisco de Asis

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Four blocks west of the Parque Central, this beautiful wooden church (1778) is notable for several well-carved saints and an underground tunnel running to…

6. Punta Jesus Maria


Just outside the town of Esquipulas, this well-signed sand spit stretches out into the lake for more than 1km at the height of the dry season, when lake…

7. Galería de Arte Casa de Artista

8.09 MILES

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8. Museos El Ceibo

9.85 MILES

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