Tiscapa Lagoon Natural Reserve
It is not often that visitors are able to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of nature within the limits of a city. When touring through Managua, visitors are recommended to explore the magnificent Tiscapa Lagoon Natural Reserve. On 31 October 1991, the Nicaraguan Government declared the Tiscapa Lagoon Natural Reserve a protected area. It is conserved and overseen by the Ministry of Environmental and Natural Resources. Due to its close proximity to Managua, it is also one of the most popular attractions the city has to offer.
The Tiscapa Lagoon Natural Reserve is a hive of activity and natural splendor. It is believed to have been formed more than ten thousand years ago due to volcanic activity. It was also once the site of the presidential palace, which was constructed on the hilltop in order for the president to be able to look out over the lagoon. Sadly, many historical buildings were destroyed during the earthquake of 1972, although restructuring near the lagoon has replaced many of these buildings. The site of the palace is now a historical park where visitors can enjoy the breathtaking views the president once enjoyed, whilst discovering artifacts and fascinating objects, including a tank which was a gift to Anastasio Somoza from Benito Mussolini. Some of the palace ruins are still standing for visitors to explore. The discovery of pre-Columbian artifacts has also shown that many communities made their homes here in the past.
The Tiscapa Lagoon Natural Reserve has restaurants and a few shops where the old downtown of Managua used to be. If tourists are interested in the fauna and flora that surrounds the lagoon, a Tiscapa Canopy Tour is the best way to enjoy its beauty. A massive steel cable, at a height of seventy meters, starts at the Historical Park, allowing visitors to glide across the lagoon while taking in the magnificence of the volcanic crater. Panoramic views of the Tiscapa Lagoon Natural Reserve from the canopy tours are unforgettable and exciting from the time visitors leave the Historical Park until they reach the shore.