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recent experiences in San Salvador or Managua?

recent experiences in San Salvador or Managua?

Old Dec 28, 22, 5:05 pm
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recent experiences in San Salvador or Managua?

Have never been to either country and was thinking of visiting one or both next month, with San Salvador my first choice. If anyone has been to either city recently, I'm interested in your feedback. (Feel safe? Any Covid mask or other rules still in effect?) Not looking to do anything exotic. Just a few days in a nice hotel and a city tour. Thanks.
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Old Dec 31, 22, 11:44 am
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Are you married to this idea? First of all, you can do a lot better in both countries than their capital cities. San Salvador is not a very safe place. Managua is just ghastly. Neither has much of visitor interest at all. Truth be told, I wouldn't visit either country right now. El Salvador is plagued by gang violence. Nicaragua is receding into dictatorship. I wouldn't go to either place until their situations improve. That's me.
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Old Dec 31, 22, 3:06 pm
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I'm not married to the idea, no, but there are some cheap flights and the crime rate in El Salvador supposedly has plummeted since they did the mass gang lock-ups.

I've never heard Managua described as "ghastly" before. It's really that bad?
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Old Dec 31, 22, 11:29 pm
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Managua is this ugly, sprawling monstrosity of a city. Its downtown was destroyed in the 1972 earthquake and was never rebuilt. There's nothing that holds the city together. Walking is next to impossible, and it's beastly hot. Really, there's nothing of visitor interest there. If you decide to go to Nicaragua, head to colonial Granada instead.
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As the poster above mentions, Managua's post-quake development and sprawl does make it an oddball in latin america. I found it safer and more orderly than other central american cities. I generally agree there's not much to do or see in the city, it's not built for walking, and it's hot. Taxis are strange too, as I recall. But, you can drink some local beers, see how Nicaraguans live in a personality cult country, admire the goofy "trees of life" things, check the box that you've been there. If you're geologically inclined, there's an active volcano south of the city, you can look down and see molten rock, and there are some crater lakes through the city. Definitely visit Granada.

I've been to San Salvador dozens of times for business, never saw anything worth making an effort to go see. I guess there's a colonial sector downtown with the requisite churches and such. Same deal if you want to check the box.

The Intercontinental Hotels in both capitals are two of my favorites.
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Old Jan 2, 23, 3:46 pm
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Originally Posted by YadiMolina View Post
If you're geologically inclined, there's an active volcano south of the city, you can look down and see molten rock
The Masaya volcano (definitely cool) is more easily reached from Granada than Managua. I think that's one more reason to base yourself in the former rather than the latter.
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