Arriving back in Managua.

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Managua, Nicaragua: Looking out the windows of the plane as we fly into Managua

Our plane arrives at the Managua airport and after getting off the plane our bags are gradually brought off the plane, one by one, to be claimed by the stubs of our baggage claim ticket.  We are going to stay in The Hotel Camino Real which is located close by the airport and offers a free shuttle bus to and from the airport.  We had seen the driver at the airport on our other trips to the airport so we figured it would be no problem to get our ride.  I eventually find the bus in the parking lot and then the driver.

While we were away there was a big swine flu scare in Mexico and it seems like a lot of people at the airport are wearing face masks to prevent against infection.

Managua, Nicaragua: The streets of Managua from our taxi.
  This gives our arrival back in civilization a weird effect. We had not been watching any TV or hearing any news during our time in the Corn Islands so this was all new to us. 

The ride over to the Hotel Camino Real was painless and simple and once we go ther we found out that the King sized bed that we had made a reservation for was not available.  This was nothing new to us as we had not gotten any of the reservations to go our way the whole trip.  We were hoping for a room with just one big bed but what we got was a room with two queen sized beds which turned out Ok anyway.  The hotel is in a neighborhood near the airport with nothing really of interest too nearby.  We had planned on coming back to Managua on the evening flight, staying the night and flying out early the next morning.

Managua, Nicaragua: A La Colonia grocery store.
  This now gave us some more time to spend in Managua.  Just what we had dreamed about!  We had no ideas for what to do but after looking at the tourist magazines in the room we figured we would go check out a big grocery store chain store and one of the Marketplaces.  We went to the front desk of the hotel and they arranged a taxi driver to drive us around for the day for anywhere we wanted to go for $25. 

Our first stop was at the La Colonial grocery store.  We wanted to stock up on Lizano salsa to bring home.  We got 3 bottles of the stuff to bring home with us.  We also found some great flavors of Tang drink mix to mix in our bottled water and to bring home with us.  The store is one of the top of the line grocery stores in Nicaragua and is like a typical american chain store but with culturaly diferent items.

Managua, Nicaragua: A La Colonia grocery store. Notice the swine flu prevention masks.
 

Next stop is Roberto Huembes Market.  It is a huge street market covering over 10 city blocks that sells just about anything that you would need, like clothing, furniture, tourist trinkets and food stalls.  We start by wanderng the tourist trinket aisles looking for some cool looking pottery candle houses that we had seen at our hotel on Little Corn Island.  We also saw some interesting paintings of native scenes.  We are getting hungry so we head over to the food part of the market. It is a Saturday and the food area is packed with locals drinking beer and hanging out.  We find a sunny cafe area and get some things to eat.  We try some fried cheese, some pancakes rolled with cheese and honey and some fried chicken.  The vendor heats it up some more and brings it over to a table we were at in the busy market.

Managua, Nicaragua: Roberto Huembes Market. Food being kept warm on charcoal.
  It is a nice little lunch snack. After our lunch we go deeper into the food area where there is a big cavernous room with tables in the middle and food stalls set up around the edges.  The vendors are cooking the food with charcoal (the real stuff- wood burned and then snuffed out and then saved for another day) and propane which makes it a little hot in here.  There is some interesting native Nicaraguan food in here like sheep brain, plantain, tongue and pork.  A lot of the vendors are coaxing us to come sit at a table where they will serve us.  There is not much light in here just the light from the doors to the outside and some skylights.

Back out in the market we find the candle lights we were looking for and a few other trinkets and head back to our taxi driver.

Managua, Nicaragua: Roberto Huembes Market.
  We head back towards our hotel.  Along the way we ask the driver to stop at a La Union grocery store so we can get some cold bottles of water and some snacks for later in the day (sinse our hotel has nothing nearby it).  We get some casava chips, some plantain chips and some cold water.

Back at the hotel we relax in our comfortable room which has nice furniture, satelite TV and air conditioning.  We spent a few extra dollars on the room so we would have a comfortable place in the big city of Managua.  (see review below) For dinner we go to the restaurant in the hotel which is really quite a nice place.  It is not very busy even though the hotel appears to be quite full and there is nothing else nearby the hotel (and you wouldn't want to be walking around after dark out there anyway).

Managua, Nicaragua: Roberto Huembes Market. The area we had lunch.
  We get a nice meal there.  The waiter is really nice and I get a "Nicaraguan style"  steak which has refried beans, plantain, casava potatoes, and some fried cheese.  The steak was cooked just perfectly and it was delicious.  Julie has chicken stuffed with spinach.  With our meal we had some Kai Pirina drinks which is the new trendy drink of Central America.  It has lime tequila and rum.  Very good.  With our drinks our meal was about $35.  Not bad for a very nice meal in an American style hotel.

After dinner we went over to check out the casino which is attached to the Camino Real hotel.  We had some extra change and we figured this would be a good place to get rid of it.  The casino was really not all that much just one medim sized room with lots of slot machines a few roulette tables and a poker table or two.

Managua, Nicaragua: Roberto Huembes Market.
  It takes us no time to get rid of our change and of course we don't win any jackpots.  The place is not all that busy and it appears to be more of a local hangout rather than a place for tourists.

Back in our room we relax and get to bed at a reasonable time sinse we have an early flight heading home in the morning.

rickiedsouza says:
Managua is an awesome place to live or visit. You can refer to Managua Top Spots, a wonderful travel guide that has a great selection of attractions and points of interests that can make your trip a memorable one. Here's the link:
http://amztk.com/managua
Posted on: Jun 08, 2015
swhayden says:
Here's a few tips for Nicaragua: lock the doors of your taxi when driving through Managua, arrange your airline tickets through a travel agent in Managua to assure a spot, get 50 cent empanadas from George the Empanada man on Little Corn Island.
Posted on: Sep 18, 2009
jessstewart says:
I am heading to the corn islands in two weeks do you have any tips?....thanks
Posted on: Sep 17, 2009
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Managua Hotels & Accommodations review
Clean and comfortable Hotel Near the Airport
We stayed at the Hotel Camino Real for our final night in Managua. It has a great location right next to the airport and has a free airport shuttle bu… read entire review
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