The people of Nicaragua pride themselves in producing beautiful art, crafts, ceramics, and just about any other type of souvenir you can think of. A trip to a Nicaragua market provides the perfect family outing to find beautiful handicrafts and unique Nicaragua food. The currency of Nicaragua will buy you some very unique goods at an inexpensive price. The larger cities of Nicaragua have the most Nicaragua shopping, but you"ll find great markets in the smaller coastal communities as well.
The currency of Nicaragua is the cÓrdoba. One
US dollar is equivalent to about 20 cÓrdobas. You
can exchange your money at the airport, otherwise if you"re
carrying US dollars, they will be accepted almost everywhere.
If you do decide to pay for your items using dollars,
be aware that you"ll receive change in Nicaraguan currency.
Travelers from Europe or anywhere
else in the world might want to consider obtaining dollars
before they leave on vacation or take any Nicaragua shopping
trips. Once you get to the Managua airport, you can exchange the money for the currency of
Nicaragua or keep your American currency.
There are some automatic teller machines that you can
get Nicaraguan currency from in some of the larger cities
in Nicaragua, such as Managua, Leon, Rivas, and San
Juan del Sur. There are also banks in these cities
to exchange money as well. It"s a good idea not to rely
exclusively on the use of credit cards for your Managua
travel. Credit cards are accepted in hotels as well as large restaurants and stores, but you"ll need
either Nicaraguan currency or American dollars to do the
majority of your Nicaragua shopping.
The most popular Nicaragua shopping market to visit
is the Masaya Market, near the Masaya volcano. All sorts
of handicrafts are sold at the market, from hammocks to
colorful pottery and fragrant soaps. Besides handicrafts,
the people of Masaya also go to the market to purchase
meat, vegetables, and live poultry. There"s a wide range
of Nicaraguan cuisine available as well. A fresh delicious
meal can be had for just a couple of dollars. You"ll want
to leave your travelers checks and credit cards at home
since most of the places at the vendors only accept the
currency of Nicaragua or American dollars. There"s also
a folk dancing event taking place every Thursday night
where you can learn some of the traditional dance moves
of Nicaragua. After your trip to the Nicaragua market,
be sure to head over to the park where the Masaya volcano
is located. A hike through the thick vegetation to the
top of the volcano is considered one of the best things
to do in Nicaragua.
Another great Nicaragua market is located in the capital city of Managua. The Roberto Huembes Market is a place where Nicaraguan artists sell their paintings and pottery. You"ll also find unique clothing, electronics, and the famous Flor de Caña rum produced right in Nicaragua. Many residents of Managua do all of their food shopping at the Roberto Huembes mall since the fruits and vegetables are locally grown from area farms. The best part about the market is that it"s close to most of the major Managua hotels. Although the Nicaragua market is located in what is considered as a safe part of the city, it"s always a good idea to keep an eye on your wallet. Like most markets around Nicaragua, the Roberto Huembes market will accept the Nicaraguan currency or American dollars.
Nicaragua shopping is a unique experience for tourists
used to large shopping malls. Browsing the stalls of a
Nicaragua market is a great way to learn about the rich history of Nicaragua.