Cheap Flights to Managua
Poised dramatically on the shore of the beautiful Lake Managua with the Momotombo volcano rising majestically in the distance, Managua is a modern city built on the remains of a 6,000-year-old civilization. Delicious local cuisine, lively festivals and fascinating culture all beckon visitors to explore further. Flights to Managua arrive at Nicaragua's principal airport, Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA), which is just 8 miles from the city.
Augusto C. Sandino International Airport
The recently refurbished Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) offers a nice array of services for passengers on flights to Managua, including banks, ATMs, souvenir and duty-free shops, restrooms and restaurants. All areas of the airport are easily reached on foot with little distance between terminal gates. The airport has convenient routes for airlines such as United Airlines, Delta, and Aeroméxico, and the airport acts as a hub for La Costeña. Taxis take passengers into Managua for under $10, and there are buses and private charter coaches, such as Mana-Ahuac Hoy, that will drop passengers in the city for a small fee.
Attractions in Managua
A fascinating testament to Managua's great age as a center of habitation for millennia are the Huellas de Acahualinca, the fossilized footprints of people walking across the beach of Managua Lake 6,000 years ago. Falling ash from the nearby volcano preserved the footprints, which are still visible today. The abandoned and atmospheric Old Managua Cathedral lies just off a public square and makes for interesting photographs while the newly built cathedral with its highly modern design is the subject of polarized opinion. Visitors can attend a service or just admire the architecture.
An extinct volcano forms the shape of the Tiscapa Lagoon, which provides fresh water for the city's residents. Visitors to the lagoon can ride a zip line across the water to enjoy the views. For purchasing locally made goods or just enjoying the frenetic energy of daily life in the city, the Mercado Huembes features crafts, handmade goods, food and other delights. Managua also has several casinos where visitors can try their luck with cards or poker machines.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Managua
Managua enjoys consistent temperatures, with daytime highs in the 80s and nighttime temperatures cooling to the 70s and 60s. A rainy season begins in May and ends in October with winters very dry and bright. The first of August is a country-wide celebration dedicated to Nicaragua's patron saint, Santo Domingo de Guzmán. A statue of the saint is paraded through the streets from the church of Las Sierritas across town and back again 10 days later. Similar to famous Carnaval celebrations across Latin America, there's also the Alegria por la Vida festival, with parades, dancing, floats and musical performances. Managua has a cosmopolitan food scene with European and Asian influences although visitors should try local delicacies such as the Nicaraguan tamales known as nacatamales, the rice and bean dish known as gallo pinto or the sweet cajeta de leche. A couple can eat quite well for around $15 for two servings at a mid-range restaurant.