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Museum in Ciudad Darío

Casa Natal Rubén Darío

Two blocks east of the Parque Central you’ll find the town’s primary roadside attraction, where Nicaragua's most famous writer Rubén Darío was born. Although the young poet didn’t spend more than a few weeks in this…
Museum in Chagüitillo

Museo Precolombino de Chagüitillo

This worthwhile little museum has two rooms of Chorotegan pottery and an exhibit on local hero Domingo Sánchez Salgado (aka 'Chagüitillo'), one of the leaders of the early resistance against the Somozas. Museum staf…
Archaeological Site in Chagüitillo

Santuario Salto Apa Mico

This petroglyph site alongside a stream just outside town features a swirl of moons, snakes and dancers 3m long and 2m high carved into rocks. The site is just about signposted, but it's well worth hiring a guide at…
Archaeological Site in Chagüitillo

Santuario de los Venados

This archaeological site up on a hill outside town features more than 60 zoomorphic petroglyphs, including many depicting deer. The path is not at all marked and so a local guide, arranged at the town museum (US$5 t…
Historic Building in South of Matagalpa

Hacienda San Jacinto

It will take a history buff to appreciate this national monument, which is a shadeless 3km walk from the closest bus stop. The early-1800s Spanish hacienda is famed for the Battle of San Jacinto, where William Walke…