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Parque Historical Nacional “Loma de Tiscapa” - City Park Managua - Nicaragua

Set high upon a hill and crowned with the famous silhouette of Augusto C. Sandino, Parque Historical Nacional “Loma de Tiscapa” (C$20) is a spot known for its panoramic views, impressive historical artifacts and canopy tour.

 

Access to the park is by way of a road that runs behind the pyramid-shaped Crowne Plaza Hotel – past what was originally a 1939 homage to Franklin D. Roosevelt, but is now a monument to el Soldado Conocido (another revolutionary monument, to the Nameless Guerilla Soldier, is further down the street). On your way up the park’s steep hill, you may notice a living soldier, posted there to make sure visitors don’t take photos of the nearby military base.

 

Once home to the presidential palace, the hilltop location was where Augusto C. Sandino signed a peace treaty ending his guerilla war against the Liberals. In 1934, he was executed on the palace grounds by Anastasio Somoza Garcia, who decided that the palace could be put to better use as a prison. (You can see what remains of the infamous torture cells on the lake side of the park.)

 

But it was the Sandinistas who would have the final say. After ousting the Samozas in 1979, victorious rebels hauled their booty to the top of the hill: a National Guard tank captured during a battle for León and named after fallen comrade Aracely Perez; a second tank said to have been given to Somoza by Benito Mussolini; and, as a mark of irrepressible Nicaraguan humor, the bronze backside of a horse, which was all that remains of the dictator’s mounted statue. The park also hosts temporary exhibits, such as a politically charged display called “Sandino Vive,” in what remains of the palace.

 

On the other side of the park, Canopy Tour Tiscapa (US$15 foreigners, $10 nationals; 505-8-886-2836/ 805-6213/ 872-2555; canopytiscapa@hotmail.com, open from Tueday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) offers the chance to go zipping over the lagoon. From a thatched platform you launch onto the first of three lines (480, 250 and 520 meters long), either in a seated position, facing forward or hanging up-side-down. At the end of the ride, Canopy Tour picks you up and drives you back to the starting point.

Location:
Managua, Nicaragua

City Park

Getting There
Take the road behind the Crowne Plaza Hotel up the hill.

Price Description: C$20 for pedestrians

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None



Here are other activities in and around Managua that may be of interest: Parque Las Palmas de Altimiras Este, Arboretum Nacional and Parque De La Paz.








By Rachael Hanley
A sometime newspaper journalist with a heavy side of wanderlust, Rachael moved to Quito in November to work on the V!VA staff. She is currently...
23 Jun 2009







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