A day in Managua

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Managua, Nicaragua: A great reakfast at the Hotel Casa Naranja.

Our plan for the day was to fly out to the Corn Islands on La Costena air domestic flight in the afternoon.  We got up and had a pleasant breakfast in the Hotel's restaurant.  There is a beautiful courtyard garden to sit in and where they serve a nice breakfast.  The waitress spoke no english but she knew her job and brought our breakfast to us cheerfully.   I had scrambled eggs with Nicaraguan sausage and Julie had Mexican scrambled eggs.  Very good. 

After breakfast we went to the front desk of the hotel to check on the status of our reservations for airline tickets to the Corn Islands.  We had had trouble making reservations online because they were doing maintenance on the airline's website so we called the hotel and they told us that it would be no problem for them to make the reservations for us.

Managua, Nicaragua: The restaurant in the Hotel Casa Naranja.
  Well apparently they did not get the time to make our reservations for us so they had to try and call to see if we could get tickets for us for the afternoon flight.   She called and told us no luck.  No seats available till tomorow afternoon.  Well that is just not what we were hoping for.  We had reservations for tonight on Little Corn Island and they have a no refund policy on their room and sinse we had splurged a little on this room at Casa Naranja in Managua we would have to spend another night here too.  Not good for the budget.  I guess we were in for a day in Managua.

We tried to make the best of our time in Managua.

Managua, Nicaragua: The neighborhood street outside our hotel.
  Traveling is all about seeing what you can see so we took a walk around the neighborhood by the hotel.  We were not all that prepared to spend more than a day in Managua so we had done very little research as to what we might do.  We had picked up a map of the city in the airport so we used that to check out the neighborhood.  One thing that we had heard about Managua was that there are very few signs marking the street names.  Well that is very true.  You need to keep looking at a map to keep track of where you are.  We started by walking down the street that the hotel was on.  The hotel  Casa Naranja is on a tree lined side street off of a main arterial.  It is a nice neighborhood with houses and restaurants.
Managua, Nicaragua: The neaighborhood around our hotel.
  We saw a couple of other not so bad looking hotels and a couple of reataurants.  We saw the Peruvian restaurant that we had heard about and it is not so far away from the hotel that you can make a dash for it at night without getting a taxi.  We looped over to cross the main street and explore the neighborhood on that side too.  We saw a couple of places that would probably be good for a lunch.  By the time we had looped back to the hotel it was about time to see what the status was of my baggage that was supposed to be coming in on the next Continental airlines flight from Houston.

My bag has arrived at the airport but the airline does not deliver bags to passengers in the city so we have to take a taxi to the airport.  The hotel arranges a taxi to the airport for $20 so we head out.

Managua, Nicaragua: A street vendor.
  The ride to the airport is a good way to see a little bit of the city.  Managua is not the most beautiful city but it is interesting to see a little bit of its culture along the way to the airport like stores, neighborhoods and transportation.  There is one spot where the road is under construction and the workers are shoveling the road by hand where normally it would be done with heavy equipment.  We see people washing windshields at traffic lights for money, people selling things in traffic like plastic bags full of drinking water, parts for bicycles and cell phone chargers.  The driver has told us to lock the doors of the taxi because of the people at the stop lights.  We get to the airport and search out the lost baggage area.
Managua, Nicaragua: a main street in the city.
  After searching all over the place we finally find it behind a door tucked behind the check in counters.  We get the bag, pick up our tickets for our flight tomorrow form tha La Costena counter and head back to the hotel.  We tell the driver to drive us back via a diferent route to give us a diferent view of the city.  He finally figures out what we mean and we see a diferent way through the city.  On the way back a drugged out little girl hangs on our taxi asking for money as we are waiting for a traffic light and another guy starts washing our windows without us asking and the driver refuses to pay.  This is a very good reason to lock the doors of your taxi in Managua. 

Back at the hotel we decide it is time for a little afternoon lunch snack.

Managua, Nicaragua: A streetside stand.
We had seen a place on our morning walk to get quesadillas.  The quesadillas are a local Managua style with their soft runny cheese,  they taste a little local but they are interesting.  Next we go to a coffee place called Casa Cafe and get a coffee float (coffee with ice cream).  Very refreshing on a 90 degree (90 percent humidity)  Managua day.   They have a nice open upstairs deck to sit at.   Next we go check out a big grocery store to see what they have for foods.  It is called La Union and is very clean and nice.   There are lots of employees in the aisles and reading their name tag badges it says that the grocery store is run by Walmart. There is lots of cool stuff to look at but we just get a couple of waters and some snacking materials for our trip to the Corn Islands tomorrow.

For dinner we have decided to go to the Peruvian restaurant near the hotel.  The name of the restaurant is La Terraza and I did a review of it below.  Very good meal and only a little bit spendy.  We go back to our room after dinner to retire for the night to rest up for our journey to the Corn Islands tomorrow.

 

rickiedsouza says:
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Posted on: Jun 08, 2015
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Managua Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Great Peruvian Food in Managua
La Terraza is a Peruvian restaurant in Managua, Nicaragua. It is on a nice tree lined side street and has a nice pleasant open on one side to the str… read entire review
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