Nicaragua has been long forgotten. After staying out of the tourist circuits for decades, this land of volcanoes and lakes has been standing out lately as a destination for backpackers, surfers and travelers looking for something different.
The truth is that few places in the world offer so much in so little space: dozens of volcanoes, jungles, virgin beaches, exotic nature reserves, lakes, beautiful colonial cities, interesting petroglyphs and ruins, patron saint festivities… Today we are moving to this interesting country to discover some of its most important cities. Specifically, we want to talk to you about the eight most populous cities in Nicaragua, some of which are also the most touristy. Can you come with us?
As it could not be otherwise, we are going to start talking about Managua, the capital of Nicaragua and head of the homonymous department. Due to numerous disasters natural (landslides, floods, earthquakes ...), the appearance of the city has undergone radical changes over time. In some cases, even Managua has been totally or partially destroyed. However, the capital has begun to take flight.
Santiago de los Caballeros de León, better known as León, is the second most populous city in Nicaragua. Head of the homonymous department, it houses an important and diverse historical and natural heritage. Therefore, it is one of the most touristic places in the country. Highlights its streets and buildings of style colonial and, more specifically, the Cathedral, which is considered the largest in Central America.
Belonging to the department of the same name, Masaya is the third most populous city in the country, forming part of the Managua Metropolitan Region. It is considered the cradle of folklore National and has an abundant historical, monumental, cultural and natural heritage, with the Masaya Volcano National Park as one of the main points of interest.
We also have to talk about Chinandega, head of the homonymous department. Known as Ciudad Mártir, Ciudad Cálida and Ciudad de las Naranjas, it offers views of the San Cristóbal Volcano, the highest in Nicaragua, located in the department. Of its heritage, the parish Nuestra Señora de Santa Ana and some colonial buildings stand out. On the other hand, we want to comment that the Easter week It is a very important party in Chinandega.
We continue our tour of the most important cities of Nicaragua in Matagalpa, head of the homonymous department. It is known as the Pearl of the North for its natural characteristics and as the Capital of Production for its varied activity. commercial and agriculture. The city houses some interesting monuments, highlighting the Cathedral of Matagalpa, also known as Parroquia de San Pedro.
The sixth most populous city in Nicaragua is the Villa de San Antonio de Pavia de Estelí, also known as Estelí. Head of the department of the same name, maintains a high industrial and commercial activity. In fact, some consider it the second largest city in terms economic. Being surrounded by mountains and rivers, Estelí presents a varied ecosystem.
Granada, also known as the Great Sultana for its Moorish appearance, and as the Paris of Central America could not be missing from this list. Considered as the most visited Nicaragua, houses important points of interest: San Francisco Museum, Parque Colon, Granada Cathedral, Plaza de la Independencia, Episcopal Palace ...
Finally, we must talk about Jinotega, the capital city of the homonymous department, frontier with Honduras. Located in a valley, it offers some interesting corners, such as the museum or the library, which are located in the same place; the church of Our Lady of the Angels, the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, the Otto Casco Park and the Central Park.
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